Advanced Chemical Buys Franklin Building, Partners With UWM Professor

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 competitionone 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.

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About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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