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ESS, Tempe, Ariz., announced that it is looking for industry experts to present best practices in environmental, health and safety, and crisis management at it upcoming business conference, ESS EXPO.08. The conference is expected to attract audience of EH&S and IT professionals representing global industry leaders. The company has issued a call for speakers for the expo's Business Conference and Workshop, which is scheduled for April 13-17, 2008. Conference officials are seeking abstracts that propose presentations that enable EH&S and crisis management professionals to meet or exceed corporate initiatives or industry benchmarks through an innovative technology application or best practice. Visit www.ess-home.com.
Mergers & Acquisitions
IHS Inc., Englewood, Colo, announced the acquisition of Salt Lake City-based EnvironMax Inc., a provider of environmental management information systems, primarily to government and defense markets. Terms of the sale were $22.5 million in cash and 65,000 shares of IHS stock, with a one-year lock up. Visit www.ihs.com.
Scott Specialty Gases' (Plumsteadville, Pa.) eastern regional manufacturing and laboratory facility in Plumsteadville was recently awarded ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. The company maintains ISO certified manufacturing facilities and ISO 17025 accredited laboratories in North America and Europe. Visit www.scottgas.com.
Land of opportunity
Control Microsystems, Kanata, Ontario, has opened a U.S. headquarters in Denver, Colo., to provide focused sales and customer support in this fast-growing market. The office will handle all U.S. sales activities, including management of more than 30 product representative channels across the country. Located in the Cherry Creek district near downtown Denver, the new offices include a modern training facility. Visit www.controlmicrosystems.com.
Free energy audit
The Schneider Electric Water Wastewater Competency Center, Nashville, Tenn., announced it will award one water or wastewater treatment facility with a complete energy audit, valued up to $30,000. The audit will examine various energy-saving opportunities, including production process scheduling, pump system optimization, variable frequency drives, peak shaving/load shedding, renewable fuel sources, lighting controls and other operational considerations. Municipalities can register at www.SquareD-Water.com.
Fellowships of monitoring
Natural Resource Group LLC, Minneapolis, and Enviance Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., announced the formation of a value-added partnership resulting in iResource, an Internet-based software tool designed to help clients manage all of their compliance issues. Developed and powered by Enviance, and configured and implemented by NRG, the software helps automate and improve the management of EH&S compliance activities. Visit www.NRG-LLC.com or www.enviance.com.
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, Md., and Groton Biosystems, Boxborough, Mass., are collaborating to interface Groton's ARS series of online sampling monitors with Shimadzu's Prominence HPLC (high performance liquid chromatograph) to form a closed-loop solution for online analysis. The company said the combined system will allow manufacturers to optimize enzyme levels in mash by incorporating this system into the bio-ethanol production process. Visit www.ssi.shimadzu.com.
Founded Sept. 20th, 1992, SonTek/YSI, San Diego, recently celebrated 15 years of providing acoustic Doppler instrumentation, technologies and knowledge to water investigators. Over the course of the past decade, the company claims its instruments have revolutionized the study of hydraulics. The company took off after the invention of the Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter by business co-founder Ramon Cabrera in 1993 and was acquired by YSI Inc., Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 2001. Visit www.sontek.com.