LIFE AQUATIC: Water-recycling firm AquasGroup services a variety of companies, including jewelry manufacturers, toolmakers and marinas. Pictured above are Rob Sheldon, left, vice president of sales and marketing, and Nicholas Paolo Jr., company president.
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By Patricia Daddona PBN Staff Writer
Jet-engine and handgun makers wash equipment parts during the manufacturing process. Purifying that rinse water by recycling it can improve that process while protecting the environment, according to the owner of a company with just such expertise.
Working with more than 100 customers, AquasGroup is an applications engineering company that applies best-available technology in integrated systems for industrial-process water treatment and recycling, says AquasGroup co-owner Rob Sheldon.
The firm sells its products and service contracts to companies like Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Conn., and Smith & Wesson in Springfield, Mass., recycling industrial wastewater instead of discharging it to public sewers, he said.
“Recycling is a frontier business, so the products we [offer] are all aimed at providing manufacturers recycling options that in some cases did not [previously] exist,” Sheldon said. “We invent the way we apply something: the methods. Our technology keeps the water pure and then we service the systems as needed.”
The washing of jet-engine and gun parts is an example of one of the three recycling products AquasGroup supplies: the Green Factory Series Systems, which provide manufacturers with improved process control while minimizing waste through zero liquid discharge.
“Our systems are applied on rinse water to maintain purity while sending no water to drain,” Sheldon explained.
Other products include the Clean Marina Series, which either pretreats, recycles or collects and disposes of power-washing wastewater; and Oasis, which uses EverRinse, another recycling tool that doesn’t require a drain.
Of the eight people on staff, four fabricate plastic into tanks, consoles and integrated systems. An engineering manager also does some fabrication. Making chemically resistant plastic for metal-finishing applications is another important type of work the company’s employees handle, Sheldon said.
Over the years, the heightened awareness concerning public health and safety have made companies like AquasGroup important to manufacturers, Sheldon said.
“Our recycling systems protect manufacturers from potential environmental liability through the elimination of any discharge of processed water from their facilities,” he said.