Environmental Protection

Headworks Acquires Hydroxyl Services of Canada

Headworks Inc., producer of water treatment products and technologies, has acquired the business of Hydroxyl Services Inc. of Canada, and is integrating those resources into its Headworks Bio group that produces systems to turn wastewater into useful water needed worldwide.

“A major cause of health and economic problems is lack of disease-free water for washing, irrigation and commercial use in many parts of the world, and Headworks has the technology to help solve these problems,” said Michele LaNoue, chief executive.

Hydroxyl engineers and scientists will be added immediately to Headworks Bio staff to accelerate work on re-useable water systems, LaNoue said.

The Canadian company is a leading provider of moving bed bioreactor (MBBR) and integrated fix-film activated sludge technologies for the wastewater industry. The process uses small but highly efficient polyethylene modules to attract and grow bacteria cultures that help produce re-useable water. It often doubles the flow capacity of treatment plants.

MBBR installations are at food plants, paper mills, mines, municipalities and aboard cruise ships. Among Hydroxyl clients are ship builders and cruise lines such as STX Europe, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and BC Ferries.

Headworks Bio also delivers the technology in compact, modular systems that increase capacity and efficiency in existing or new plants. It is also ideal for decentralized systems and real estate projects, the company said.

LaNoue, a lawyer, is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Houston law school. Headworks was founded in 1994 and has some 20 engineers and other representatives who serve more than 50 countries.

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