Business Achievement: International Expansion

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The Adventus Group (Freeport, IL; www.adventusgroup.com), a specialist in the evaluation of technologies for remediation projects, for expansion into South America. Consistent with ongoing efforts to expand deployment of 21st century environmental biotechnologies across the globe, on Adventus established an independent office in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The main business driver was increasing demand for access to scientifically defensible, field-proven, and cost-efficient remedial products in this dynamic economy. Laying the groundwork for over two years, Adventus staff successfully partnered with local environmental remediation professionals to facilitate introduction of In-Situ Chemical Reduction (ISCR) and other innovative, sustainable biotechnologies. The company has already successfully completed several projects involving the remediation of sites with soil and groundwater contaminated by heavy metals, chlorinated solvents, and pesticides.

Environmental Dynamics Inc. (EDI; Columbia, MO; www.wastewater.com), a developer of advanced aeration and biological water and wastewater treatment technologies, for a 16% increase in shipments of its systems during 2009, particularly to overseas markets. EDI attributes this increase to 40% growth in bookings in 2008. EDI serves the global market through direct sales and independent affiliates. EDI is currently expanding its international offices in Japan, China, India, Europe, and South America. EDI's continued success has also allowed it to achieve another listing in the Inc. 5,000 list of fastest growing private companies for 2009.