Last week I attended the AWWA Convention and Expo (ACE) in Denver, CO, where I ran into a ton of people I’ve worked with over 25 years in the water business - including the last 11 years with MIOX. Everyone I talked to was curious about how the De Nora acquisition has been – and they weren’t shy about hitting me with a number of questions! Not surprisingly, the questions were relatively similar and I thought I would share some of them and the responses I gave.
The first question was almost always how is the integration going?
My response was typically something like:
Great! I’ve been through a bunch of these before with USFilter/Siemens. With those it always took at least a year to even get started on integration, if it ever really happened. With De Nora, we jumped right in on Day 1, and have made real progress. We’re already integrating proposals management and other things with the folks in Sugar Land, where De Nora’s electrochlorination business in the US – including ClorTec – is located. So far, I’m impressed with the progress.
Inevitably, the next question was are you still going to manufacture the equipment in Albuquerque?
To which I would respond:
Unfortunately for the shop employees, no. Manufacturing is being moved to Sugar Land. However, in the long run, it will be for the best as they have a larger facility including a panel shop, which should give us a bit more flexibility and streamline the operations.
So, are they closing the Albuquerque office?”
No. In fact, it is being turned into the De Nora center of excellence for De Nora Electrochlorination technologies and is being headed up by Justin Sanchez, the former MIOX Chief Technology Officer. This is really exciting for us ‘MIOX guys’ because it shows that De Nora values the unique design of the MIOX on-site generation system and other achievements from the Albuquerque team. Innovation and R&D is such an integral part of the MIOX culture and history. It’s been reassuring to know that De Nora wants to embrace that mindset and expand some of the our unique MIOX features to complement the next generation of De Nora products.