There’s nothing The Water Council loves more than reading stories in the news that perfectly mirror our mission to grow the regional water cluster. Whether it’s news of a local high school winning a robotics competition, one of our founding members reporting third quarter success, or regional business expansion by a company in the water cluster, these stories reinforce our message and allow us to track the success of our members.
Earlier this week, we saw one such story that we felt we had to share with you. It’s the story of Advanced Chemical Systems Inc.. Advanced Chemical Systems was established in 1975 and has been a Water Council member since May 2009. As a wastewater treatment company, they provide innovative wastewater equipment, processes, and chemicals to a broad base of industries.
Advanced Chemical recently announced that they will be moving from their current offices in Bay View to a new building they just purchased in Franklin. The new building will accomodate the need for more space to build and test prototypes of technology they are developing with UW-Milwaukee Physical Chemistry Professor Peter Geissinger. With funding from a National Science Foundation grant, Advanced Chemical and Dr. Geissinger are developing sensor technology that detects small amounts of metal in water used in metal finishing.
Creating corporate-university linkages that commercialize on water-technology developments has always been part of our mission since the Council was created in 2007. We always knew that these partnerships were the recipe for success in the water cluster. Everyone knows about how Standford University’s links with companies in the San Francisco Bay Area led to the creation of Silicon Valley. Mirroring that model, entrepreneurialism shared between regional water companies and Milwaukee area universities accelerates growth of the water cluster and establishes Milwaukee as a World Water Hub.
We’re proud of the work being done by Advanced Chemical and Dr. Geissinger and look forward to seeing what grows out of that partnership. Advanced Chemical will be moving into their new building in January 2013 and will be developing the technology developed with Dr. Geissinger after further research has been completed.