Moving Toward the Future

It’s been yet another challenging year for the water quality industry. As the economy and housing market struggle down the long road to recovery, a host of other factors, from government regulations to business competition, continue to affect companies. As always, however, industry members are working hard to tackle the issues and improve their businesses.

This fall, Water Quality Products conducted its seventh annual State of the Industry survey to receive readers’ input on how their businesses are faring and what to expect in 2014.

About The Author: 

Kate Cline is managing editor of Water Quality Products. Cline can be reached at kcline@sgcmail.com or 847.391.1007.

Publication Date: 
December 4, 2013
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December 4, 2013
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Osaka Gas Chemicals to Acquire Jacobi Carbons

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Jacobi Carbons AB
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Accretive transaction to accelerate growth, expand geographical reach and enhance R&D capabilities

Osaka Gas Chemicals Co. Ltd. has entered into an agreement with AddSorb Holding AB to acquire all the shares of Jacobi Carbons AB — the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of coconut shell activated carbon headquartered in Kalmar, Sweden. The transaction is expected to close in January 2014.

Publication Date: 
October 31, 2013

Are You an Asset?

Many in the water industry have been at it for a long time and have seen many changes over the years. Especially interesting is the change in how valuations of positions, functions, personnel and companies are measured.

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Making yourself valuable to your company is key to success & security

About The Author: 

Ric Harry is sales director, Canada and Northeastern USA, for Culligan Intl. Harry can be reached at info@richarry.com or 905.734.7756.

Publication Date: 
September 16, 2013
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September 16, 2013
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Minding Your Marketing Abbreviations

In today’s technology, there seems to be a designated abbreviation for everything. When it comes to marketing your company online, I recommend remembering two of them: SEO and SEM. SEO is search engine optimization and SEM is search engine marketing. SEM includes SEO, pay-per-click (PPC), link building, directory registrations, banner purchasing, video marketing and more — basically, any action you take online to get a better index value with search engines.

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SEO & SEM are key to a successful online marketing strategy

About The Author: 

Shannon Good is partner for Good Group LLC. Good can be reached at sgood@goodgroupllc.com or 484.902.8914.

Publication Date: 
June 3, 2013
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June 3, 2013
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Change for the Better

Consider the following changes that are impacting businesses today:

  • Changing economic conditions;
  • Changing government requirements;
  • Social media and technology;
  • Multigenerational workforce;
  • Customers’ expectations; and
  • Different forms of competition.

You may agree or disagree with the specifics of how these changes impact your business, but the important thing is how you deal with them and how your employees react to and adjust to them. Some changes may directly impact you; others may not apply to you at all.

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Managing the process of change to improve your business

About The Author: 

David Scurlock is senior training development advisor for Applied Management Group Inc. Scurlock can be reached at davidpscurlock@comcast.net or 262.697.4470.

Publication Date: 
June 3, 2013
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June 3, 2013
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So You Want to Start a Water Business ...

Owning your own business is as much a part of the American collective psyche as buying a house and eating apple pie. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people start their own businesses, brimming with entrepreneurial excitement, and the water treatment industry is no different.

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Getting your business off the ground with the help of dealer networks

About The Author: 

Greg Reyneke is managing partner for Red Fox Advisors and an adviser to the ProFlow Dealer Network, a Pentair Platinum Partner. Reyneke can be reached at gregreyneke@redfoxadvisors.com.

Publication Date: 
June 3, 2013
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June 3, 2013
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Play It One-on-One

It is no secret that every business wants to find the magic solution that will profitably increase business year over year. We have all sought that proverbial silver bullet. However, in nearly 20 years of working in the marketing and direct marketing industry, I can offer this advice on finding the silver bullet solution to marketing: You will probably find it with a leprechaun and a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

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Consistent marketing for customers new & old

About The Author: 

Brad Good is partner for the Good Marketing Group. Good can be reached at bgood@goodgroupllc.com or 484.902.8914.

Publication Date: 
April 11, 2013
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April 11, 2013
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Thirsting for Knowledge

In my travels across North America over the years, I have observed and documented the characteristics of people and companies to develop profiles. In particular, I look for companies that seem to be the most successful in their markets. We all have periods of success, but I am referring to the companies that seem to continuously rise to the top, even with ever-changing markets and economic conditions.

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A desire to learn drives successful employees & companies

About The Author: 

Ric Harry is sales director – Canada for Culligan Intl. Co. Harry can be reached at info@richarry.com or 905.734.7756.

Publication Date: 
March 29, 2013
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March 29, 2013
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PumpScout Partners With Metering Pump Specialists

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PumpScout
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PumpScout.com buyers can now get metering pump price quotes from Milton Roy and LMI Pumps

PumpScout announced a new partnership with Milton Roy and LMI Pumps. Pump buyers using the site now have easy access to products and expertise from the two brands, which specialize in metering and diaphragm pumps.

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Publication Date: 
March 28, 2013

Giving for Good

Since our son was diagnosed with autism, I have had the chance to speak to more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations. My message is, essentially: Greed is no longer good. (Sorry, Gordon Gekko.)

In this interconnected world where the emerging generation longs to marshal its forces toward some greater collective good and where aging baby boomers look for something to occupy their time that makes them feel like they are making a difference, your company needs to demonstrate that it is supporting more than your bottom line.

Giving Back

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Standing out by working with charities

About The Author: 

Tim Miles is the founder and president of the Imagination Advisory Group. Miles can be reached at tim@thedailyblur.com or 573.234.6282.

Publication Date: 
March 20, 2013
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March 20, 2013
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