A Greater Goal

Although the group of close-knit, devoted employees is essential to Aqua-Max of Maine’s success, the real “man behind the curtain” is the company’s vice president, Daniel R. Cote.

It all started when Cote and his wife Brenda, the president of the company, moved back to Maine in 1994 to be closer to family.

About The Author: 

Kristin Muckerheide is assistant editor for Water Quality Products. Muckerheide can be reached at kmuckerheide@sgcmail.com.

Publication Date: 
May 2, 2012
Activation Date: 
May 2, 2012

Like Father, Like Son

One day, Felix Zykoff received a request from a friend to fix his water softener. He did. A few more friends later asked him to do the same. Eventually, what began more than 35 years ago as simple favors for friends and relatives blossomed into Ideal Water LLC, a water treatment and conditioning company located in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Now in the hands of Felix’s son and business partner, Will, Ideal Water is poised to continue offering quality products and services to its family of customers into the new year and beyond.

About The Author: 

Raissa Rocha is contributing editor for Water Quality Products. Rocha can be reached at rrocha@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7915.

Publication Date: 
January 3, 2012

A Family Affair

For more than 60 years, the family-owned Automatic Water Conditioning Co. has served central New Jersey with the mindset of providing customers outstanding service and customized solutions. That attitude is what has helped the company stay strong throughout the years, said managing partner Bill Simmons.

About The Author: 

Raissa Rocha is associate editor for Water Quality Products. Rocha can be reached at rrocha@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7915.

Publication Date: 
February 3, 2012

A Learning Environment

Andrew John Wilson’s start in the water treatment industry began with a night of reminiscing about the good old days with a childhood friend. In the 1970s, his friend’s father started Angel Soft Water, and Wilson remembered watching the company prosper, easily selling softeners to homeowners who were more than willing to purchase a product that would make their lives easier and their appliances work smoothly.  

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: 
March 3, 2012

Growing a Business

At Lemens WaterCare LLC in Luxemburg, Wis., there is a relatively small group of people working to keep water quality intact for local communities in Kewaunee, Brown and Door counties. Led by president James Simonar, the company focuses on delivering a variety of services to customers, from filtration systems and reverse osmosis (RO) systems to water softener salt and bottled water.

About The Author: 

Raissa Rocha is contributing editor for Water Quality Products. Rocha can be reached at rrocha@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7915.

Publication Date: 
April 3, 2012

Evolution of a Company

Like everything else in life, businesses evolve. A thought turns into an idea, and an idea can turn into something more. For Greg Lucas, years in hotel hospitality recently yielded an opportunity to step into the water treatment industry.
 
“It just sort of happened,” Lucas said.
About The Author: 

Raissa Rocha is an editorial intern at Water Quality Products. Rocha can be reached at rrocha@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7915.

Publication Date: 
October 5, 2011
Activation Date: 
October 5, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23053

A Brand and an Idea

What's the secret to success as a water dealer? If you ask Pete Van Cleave, founder, owner and CEO of Water for Life in Atlanta, it's good old-fashioned hard work.

Water for Life has been one of the leading water dealers in Atlanta since it opened for business in 1991. The region presents its own unique challenges. Granite is prevalent in the soil, resulting in water with a low pH and high iron content. In 2010, an Environmental Working Group study placed Atlanta among the top 25 U.S. cities with high concentrations of chromium-6, a possible carcinogen, in the water supply.

About The Author: 

Jeff Zagoudis is associate editor for Water Quality Products (WQP). For more information, contact WQP at wqpeditor@sgcmail.com.

Publication Date: 
August 31, 2011
Activation Date: 
August 31, 2011
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
23020

All in the Family

A weathered van, a cardboard box full of parts, a dozen customers: These are the tokens of Clements Water Refining Service’s humble beginnings. Founded in 1972 by Roger and Joan Clements, the business originally operated out of the family home in Alpena, Mich. Roger had previously worked in the local oil industry, but after a poor economic showing, he decided to pursue water treatment.

“[My father took note of] a mostly ignored water softening division and saw it as an opportunity [to start a family business],” said John Clements, Roger’s and Joan’s son.

Publication Date: 
August 18, 2011
Activation Date: 
August 18, 2011
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22989

A Neighbor’s Advice

For Vicky Burtis, a career in water treatment was not always in the cards. Starting out as a procurement and contracts employee for the government, she never considered working in the water industry until a gregarious neighbor approached her with the prospect.

“I lived next door to the Rhoades family,” Burtis said, noting that patriarch Robert Rhoades owned Water Doctor, a local water treatment company in Annapolis Junction, Md. “He asked me to come and work for him.”

About The Author: 

Leslie Streicher is associate editor for Water Quality Products. Streicher can be reached at lstreicher@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7922.

Publication Date: 
July 21, 2011
Activation Date: 
July 21, 2011
Issue Reference: 
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22936

A Name Game

A few weeks ago, Bob Coakley went on a local sales call in Harrisonburg, Va. A customer scheduled a home service consultation with his company—Water Works Water Treatment Inc.—so Coakley brought along his top-selling equipment.

“Our big thing now is total home water protection,” Coakley said. “When we come out to your home, we talk to you about how water affects you in all areas of the house.”

About The Author: 

Leslie Streicher is associate editor for Water Quality Products. Streicher can be reached at lstreicher@sgcmail.com or 847.954.7922.

Publication Date: 
June 15, 2011
Activation Date: 
June 15, 2011
Legacy
Legacy ID: 
22840