Come to the City’s first Chowder Fest!

Come, participate in the First Annual New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival
By Kevin T. Pelland- Chairman, Downtown New Bedford, Inc.

By now word has probably reached you about Downtown New Bedford, Inc.’s efforts to put together a first class annual chowder festival in the center of the city. This will be no ordinary event. It will be an extraordinary new event that will rival similar tasting festivals in other parts of the country, with a strong annual following. Of course I am referring to the 1st Annual New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival. The “cook-off” will take place on Sunday, September 17 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, rain or shine, under a large tent at Custom House Square in the middle of downtown’s Historic District.

We are anticipating 20 or more area restaurants serving their best in clam chowder, seafood chowder, and kale soup. Attendees will vote their preferred choice for the coveted People’s Choice Awards in each category. To promote a festive atmosphere, we will also recognize the restaurant/caterer with the most creative and lively booth presentation.

There is fun to be had by all at this family-oriented festival. In addition to the great tastes of some of the best chowders and soups ever, there will be children’s activities including face painting and scallop shell decorating as well as the live sounds of the popular band Shipyard Wreck. This new event is focused on strengthening the positive energy and ambiance of the New Bedford Seaport while building on our seafood heritage. The New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival will serve as a great testament to our fishing and seafood industry, as there is no other place in America you can go to get fresher or tastier seafood. It will also showcase our fine restaurants and caterers, and it will bring hundreds, if not thousands, of people into the heart of our city to enjoy and showcase our Downtown and Historic District.

Many hours have been spent organizing this event by a very dedicated and committed group of individuals. We are now
reaching out to the restaurant and catering community for your commitment to make this a first class annual happening. Where else can you expose your products to thousands of people in a single afternoon? Where else can you walk away with cash prizes, a “Chowder Cup” Trophy to display in your restaurant and the bragging rights to further promote and advertise your business? Newport has done it successfully for many years. Boston Harborfest has also had great success for a number of years. New Bedford, the NUMBER ONE Seaport in the country will have a tremendously successful Chowder Festival as well.

Downtown New Bedford, Inc.’s mission statement is “To make the downtown district a better place to live in, work in and to visit.” This annual event will go a long way towards achieving that goal. So the next time you’re in your favorite eatery let them know about the festival. Let them know how good their chowder or kale soup is, and challenge them to win the 1st Annual New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival Chowder Cup trophy. Oh, and don’t forget to tell them that you’ll be there at the event to support them!

Call (508) 990-2777 for information about participating, sponsoring or buying tickets or e-mail dnb@downtownnewbedford.com.

Lang’s Plea Helps Keep NuTex Afloat

Textile firm’s bankruptcy protection extended
By AARON NICODEMUS, Standard-Times staff writer
Reprinted from the Standard-Times, September 12, 2006

NEW BEDFORD — A small textile company in the city’s South End has staved off a shutdown — at least until November — thanks to the intervention of the city and Mayor Scott W. Lang.
Since 1982, NuTex Industries Inc., located in the former Furniture City mill on West Rodney French Boulevard, has manufactured woven textiles used to make belts and suspenders, as well as webbing products that have military and medical uses.

The company employed 75 workers eight years ago, but is down to 38 as overseas competition took a substantial portion of its business. When the company’s debts totaled $1.2 million in May, NuTex filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

NuTex president Andrei Klein said the company’s primary lender, Citizens Bank of Rhode Island, called on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Boston to liquidate the company last week. And Mr. Klein believed it was Mayor Lang, testifying on the company’s behalf before the bankruptcy court in Boston, that swayed Bankruptcy Judge William C. Hillman’s decision to grant the company another two months in bankruptcy protection.

“I cannot measure the magnitude of his impact on our well-being,” Mr. Klein said. “Without the mayor, I think we would have been out of business last week.”

The company’s bankruptcy attorney, Timothy Mauser of Mauser & Mauser of Boston, said in his 18 years as a bankruptcy attorney, he had never seen a political figure testify on behalf of a struggling company.
Mayor Lang said he got involved to save 38 jobs in the city, and because he believed that the company had a viable plan to turn itself around.

“I believe it’s a business with a potential to grow, and I wanted to do everything possible to advocate for it,” he said.
Mayor Lang also got the New Bedford Economic Development Council involved, as well as U.S. Rep. Barney Frank. While neither the city nor the EDC has provided the company with any financial support, the city will consider granting the company a tax increment financing deal and will work with other economic development agencies on funding.
The EDC actually turned the company down for a low-interest loan last year because the company’s finances at that time were too shaky, according to EDC interim executive director Matthew A. Morrissey.

Mayor Lang said he felt the company had “a new look and a new attitude” since then, but did not promise that the EDC would give a low-interest loan to NuTex.

Six years ago, the EDC loaned $500,000 to Cliftex Corp., a major men’s clothing manufacturer that had financial troubles. Cliftex stayed open for six more months after receiving the loan, paid the city back, and then closed its doors for good.
NuTex’s business used to center on woven belts and suspenders for the fashion industry, and it still holds the contract to manufacture all of the Boy Scouts of America belts nationwide. Last year, though, overseas competition had eaten away so much of its fashion business that NuTex had to find other markets. Its fire-resistant elastic is used in the manufacture of parts of fighter pilot suits for the U.S. Army, and the company is developing a line of anti-microbial products for both military and medical uses.

“Our customers still have faith in us, and there are so few companies left that have the know-how and capability to make some of these products,” Mr. Klein said.

The terms of U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge William C. Hillman’s decision allowed NuTex’s customers to pre-pay orders, allowing NuTex to stay open through November, provided that it continues to pay Citizens Bank and agreed-upon monthly payment and keeps its cash flow above $218,000 per month.

Contact Aaron Nicodemus at anicodemus@s-t.com

World Renown Design Firm Makes New Bedford Its Home

C. Raymond Hunt Associates, one of the most widely recognized and respected names in naval architecture, has located its Design Office in the historic district in downtown New Bedford. “We are delighted to be in New Bedford. The city has tremendous history and a wonderful future ahead, and we’re excited to be a part of it.” said John Deknatel, President, C. Raymond Hunt Associates.

The company is known particularly for its designs utilizing the high-deadrise hullform known as the Hunt deep-V which revolutionized the development of fast powerboats. This hullform, innovated by founder Ray Hunt, one of the most innovative designers of his time, is the most widely used and ocean-proven solution afloat for performance, sea kindliness and comfort.

A significant portion of Hunt’s output of the past 30 years has been commercial and military vessels. Projects include police, fire and patrol boats for U.S. and foreign governments; pilot boats in operation in many North American ports; and various other passenger and work boats. All share the Hunt Deep-V hulls designed especially for the particular requirements of offshore patrol, law enforcement, rescue and reliable personnel transport. Customers include the US Navy, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Coast Guard, several state agencies and private operators.

According to the company’s website, “We have experience in turnkey projects, providing development of entirely new products from design through tooling and working prototypes. And we are comfortable working with clients around the world”.

The company and its staff have won numerous awards and their creations have been reviewed and praised in boating magazines, maritime journals, and the business press.

“We’re also now closer to our roots in Buzzards Bay. Two of our designers have already moved to the area from Boston,” said Deknatel,

C. Raymond Hunt Associates was founded in 1961 as a partnership between Ray, who died in 1978 at the age of 70, and John Deknatel, the current President of the firm, and incorporated in 1966. This association originally was formed to deal with the heavy flow of projects that resulted from the extraordinary performance of Ray’s design for the Bertram 31.

http://www.huntdesigns.com

Subaru Shoots Commercial in New Bedford

International Commercial filmed in New Bedford
Subaru Shoots Commercial in New Bedford

We know we have a beautiful city, so it is gratifying when this fact is affirmed by multinational corporations. Film scouts for Subaru International recently contacted the City of New Bedford to request the use of our picturesque cobblestone streets and historic buildings of the National Park district are an attractive backdrop for their promo angle, they said. Film location professionals in Boston working on behalf of Subaru’s production agency, Marcom Visual Creation of NYC, gave New Bedford very high marks as a film-friendly community which has hosted many film projects, including WGBH (American Experience Series), TV Japan, Spanish Public Television, and the $8 million independent film, Passionada, starring Jason Isaacs.

On July 7th, Subaru International’s Marcom film crew arrived in town at the crack of dawn to find four blocks of the National Park prepared and waiting for them as directed by the Office of Mayor Scott W. Lang. Wooden horses cordoned off filming locations and police details (paid by Subaru) waited on scene to conduct traffic. Businesses and residents were noticed several days in advance to minimize the impact to the neighborhood and central business district. Film production was complete by midday. The commercial will air in Japanese and European markets. Film inquires are expected to increase due to the Commonwealth’s newly enacted tax incentives for film.

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New York Times Highlights New Bedford as Tourist Destination

36 Hours in New Bedford, Mass.
New York Times, May 26, 2006.
Written By Paul Schneider

A LOT of time and tide has come and gone since the days when New Bedford was, as Melville wrote in “Moby-Dick,” “the dearest place to live in, in all New England.” The whaling business that cobbled the historic district’s streets and built its fine Greek Revival buildings collapsed in the second half of the 19th century. The textile and glass factories that took whaling’s place followed suit in the 20th. Now, while sea scallops continue to make New Bedford the top dollar-generating fishing port in the nation, commercial fishing in the Atlantic is on the decline. Tough times and a rough reputation is how the city is generally perceived regionally. “Thirty-six hours is about 24 more than you need in New Beige,” said a year-round Vineyarder at the prospect of spending a weekend there. Truth is, though, New Bedford has plenty of history, architecture and small museums to fill a weekend, particularly when you throw in its proximity to some of the prettiest little towns on the coast and a couple of Massachusetts’s best and least famous beaches. PAUL SCHNEIDER

Friday
2 p.m.

1) Bringing Home the Oil
When the skeletons won’t fit in the closet, you might as well hang them from the ceiling. The fully assembled bones of a 65-foot-long blue whale (immature, no less) and the slightly smaller sperm and humpback skeletons are reasons enough to begin in the historic district at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (18 Johnny Cake Hill; 508-997-0046; www.whalingmuseum.org.). At the top of Johnny Cake Hill, the museum isn’t a recent tourist attraction concocted by the Chamber of Commerce to lure tourists off the freeway as they hurtle past on their way to Cape Cod. Founded 99 years ago, it’s the pre-eminent museum devoted to the global business that was Big Oil before the Big Oil we know today. It’s a fascinating picture of an industry everyone thought the world could not do without — and then, quite suddenly, did without. Houston, take note.

4:30 p.m.
2) A Whaleman’s Chapel
As comprehensive as the whaling museum is, it doesn’t quite capture the pathos of the age as well as the Seamen’s Bethel across the street (13 Johnny Cake Hill; 508-992-3295; www.newbedfordseamensbethel.org), the 175-year-old sailors’ chapel where Melville’s Ishmael heard a memorable sermon on Jonah. The memorials on the walls offer none of the usual pious rhyming couplets but rather one-sentence tragedies like, “This worthy man, after fastning to a whale, was carried overboard and drown May 19, 1844, in the 49th year of his age.” Or, “His death occurred in nine hours after being bitten by a shark, while bathing near the ship.”

7 p.m.
3) Pickin’ and Singin’
On many Friday nights in the summer there is high-quality, low-key live music (Patty Larkin, Kate Taylor, Jennifer Roland) at either the Whaling Museum or, even better, in the lovely gardens of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum (396 County Street, 508-997-1401; www.rjdmuseum.org). It’s also worth a tour if you have the time.

8 p.m.
4) For Chowderheads
Before, after or instead of the live music, wander over to Freestone’s City Grill (41 William Street, 508-993-7477) in a restored 19th-century bank just across the street from the stately United States Custom House designed by Robert Mills, of Washington Monument fame. Under the gaze of an enormous brass monkey, patrons select from a drink list as long as some Chinese restaurant menus. The food is not overly ambitious, which is to say simple and tasty. Syrian nachos ($8.99) are a favorite with locals, the seared scallops ($16.99) are locals themselves and the fish chowder ($3.50, $4.50) is a perennial winner of something called the Newport Chowder Cook-Off.

Saturday

10 a.m.
5) To the Sea With Cookies
You could wander the New Bedford docks, a rare fishermen’s wharf that actually still belongs primarily to commercial fishermen. But if the day is clear, and this being New Bedford, you’ll heed the call of the sea — at least as far as the beach, anyway. Take Dartmouth Street out of town toward the village of Padanaram, below, a legendary crossroads of old money, older money and really good chocolate-chip cookies. The lattermost are at Cecily’s (6 Bridge Street, South Dartmouth; 508-994-1162). There’s also a Cecily’s on the waterfront in New Bedford proper, but this is the mother ship, and you should consider picking up sandwiches for later.

11 a.m.
6) Do the Strand
The back roads from Padanaram wander through some of the more unspoiled stretches of New England coastline south of Maine, places where farm animals still have a view of the sea. There are lovely loop trails at the Lloyd Center for the Environment (430 Potomska Road, South Dartmouth; 508-990-0505; www.lloydcenter.org) if you’re so inclined, and they can also put you in a sea kayak and teach you how to paddle it in the protected waters of Buzzards Bay. If you want to sit on the sand, however, your ultimate destination is a little farther down the road. The exquisite, curving Horseneck Beach and the even lovelier and child-friendly Demarest Lloyd State Park have long been overshadowed in the public eye by the wunderstrands of Cape Cod and Nantucket, for reasons having nothing to do with the quality of the beaches.

4 p.m.
7) The Big Picture
Get back to town before the New Bedford Free Public Library (613 Pleasant Street, 508-991-6275) closes at 5 p.m. and ask the friendly curator, Paul Cyr, to unlock the art room, where there are a handful of luminous works by a local boy named Albert Bierstadt and a massive George Washington portrait that may or may not have been painted by Gilbert Stuart. To help you get in a historical mood, crane your neck up in the rotunda at the collection of whaling images by Clifford Warren Ashley. (Be sure to call ahead to make sure Mr. Cyr is available.)

7 p.m.
8 ) Candlelight and Catwalks
Take an early evening stroll to see the Nathan and Mary Johnson House at 21 Seventh Street, where in 1838 a certain fugitive changed his name to Frederick Douglass (“Here in New Bedford,” he wrote, “it was my good fortune to see a pretty near approach to freedom on the part of the colored people”). Then proceed to the Candleworks, above, (72 North Water Street, 508-997-1294) and take your table. The restaurant is in what used to be a factory for whale-oil candles, and it has long had a reputation as the best dining New Bedford has to offer. Could be: both the atmosphere and the menu are fine and reliable examples of old-school elegance. May we suggest the scallops Mediterranean, served with artichoke hearts and roasted bell peppers ($19.95). Afterward, the rooftop of the Catwalk Bar and Grille (34 Union Street, 508-994-3355) might lure you with its promise of a nightcap under the night sky while a southwest breeze wafts in off the bay. The band, like the scallops at dinner, will be local.

Sunday
10:30 a.m.
9) Fair Thee Well
Fairhaven, just across the Acushnet River from New Bedford and settled around 1660, much earlier than New Bedford, is well worth a visit before leaving the area. The streets of the Poverty Point neighborhood, above, are lined with houses dating back to the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1843, the first Japanese person known to have lived in North America arrived in Poverty Point on a whaling ship that was partly owned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s maternal grandfather, who lived in town. In the 1890’s in the Point, Joshua Slocumb built the Spray, a 36-foot sloop in which he became the first to sail around the world solo. Now that’s the kind of history you can sink your teeth into. For lunch, sink into the pan-seared scallops for $10.99 at Margaret’s (16 Main Street, 508-992-9942), a cheerful place that yachties from all over know is worth a voyage to Fairhaven all on its own.

The Basics

New Bedford’s airport is locally famous for having graveyards at both ends of a runway, but it serves only Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Otherwise, the closest commercial airports are in Providence, about 25 minutes away, or Boston, about an hour away. Starting July 1, you can take a ferry from Montauk, N.Y., via Block Island, R.I. (631-668-5700, www.vikingfleet.com).

For accommodations, consider one of the many bed-and-breakfasts in grand old homes. The Davenport House Bed & Breakfast is in a 1912 Jacobethan Revival-style home with a generous porch and deck (124 Cottage Street; 508-999-1177; www.davenporthouseb2b.com); rooms are $75 to $125.

Captain Haskell’s Octagon House (347 Union Street,508-999-3933; www.theoctagonhouse.com) is Victorian through and through, and welcomes pets; $80 to $165.

Across the river in Fairhaven, the elegant Edgewater Bed & Breakfast (2 Oxford Street; 508-997-5512; www.rixsan.com/edgewater) dates back to 1760. It has water views and four-poster beds; $90 to $145.
For the B & B-averse, the New Bedford Days Inn (500 Hathaway Road 508-997-1231; www.daysinn.com) is as charming as Days Inns everywhere; $89.

Rick Friedman for The New York Times
Published: May 26, 2006 By PAUL SCHNEIDER

Business Park Featured in Bankers & Tradesman

Business Park Grows Into 21st Century
Bankers & Tradesman, week of July 17, 2006

New Bedford Property Has Seen Considerable Changes Since Industrial Foundation’s Campaign Began in 1998.

Despite approaching its 50th anniversary, the New Bedford Business Park displays more elements of the new millennium these days than of the old. “We don’t have any belching smokestacks,” Executive Director Thomas G. Davis noted last week of the 1300-acre complex. “It has a very modern look and feel.”

Having opened in 1960, the park certainly has had to cope with aging infrastructure and overcome a sharp decline in the manufacturing sector that once made up the backbone of the southeastern Massachusetts economy. Straddling Dartmouth and New Bedford, the park was devastated following the recession of the early 1990s, with several business failures leading to increased vacancy rates and concerns that the sprawling development may have outlived its usefulness.
“The park was definitely run down and tired,” acknowledged Peter DeWalt, whose family-owned printing company has had a presence there since 1964. Security was non-existent, illegal dumping was a common occurrence and the roadway network was suffering from decades of wear and tear.

Rather than cede its mission, however, the operating Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation opted to face the challenge head on, retaining Davis in 1998 as part of a renewed campaign to revitalize and even expand the park. A former Exxon Corp. official, Davis cited the dedication of the GNBIF members and a willingness to redirect the park’s focus as keys to the repositioning effort. Zoning was changed to encourage office users and companies doing business beyond simple manufacturing, while Davis undertook an immediate tour of other multi-tenanted business parks to identify best practices and novel ideas that could be used to lure a divergent employer base.

“We had a turnaround plan in less than a month [after my arrival],” Davis recalled, and the association wasted little time getting the program in place. One important element, he said, was retaining a nationally known real estate firm to promote the park, and that was accomplished via the hiring of Richard Borden, at the time with Insignia/ESG, but now of CB Richard Ellis after the latter firm acquired Borden’s company shortly after winning the New Bedford Business Park assignment. CB Richard Ellis access to tenants globally and a professional marketing approach have proven valuable, said Davis, praising Borden for his ability to detail pluses of the park to prospects and also in closing deals once a buyer has been identified.

“Rick has done a very good job for us” said Davis. During the last seven years, the New Bedford Business Park has had 21 purchases of new lots, not to mention 11 building expansions, helping employment soar from about 1,500 workers to 4,500 today.

For his part, Borden credited Davis for bringing fresh energy to the complex, which prior to that was “dormant and dated” he said.

“Tom is a tremendous promoter, and he has really delivered on everything he said he would,” Borden said. It has become one of the nicest places to do business at in southeastern Massachusetts today.” New Bedford Business Park now has 36 companies on site, including Polaroid Corp., AFC Cable Systems, Aerovox, Head Headgear, Zapp USA and the Acushnet Co., parent to golfing giant Titleist.

The addition of tree new roads has opened up another 150 acres of developable land, Borden estimated, opportunities that are now being made available to interested parties. The goal, he said, is to complete the sales of those lots during the next three to five years, while Davis hopes to see another 2,500 new jobs created for the park during that frame.

‘A Great Park’
CBRE and the GNBIF are working cohesively to lure new business, but existing companies also have been a force for increasing employment and developing new space at what is currently a 3.15 million-square-foot complex. AFC Cable Systems just opened a 200,000-square-foot facility to bring space occupied at the park above 40,000 square feet, and Titleist golf balls produces annually are now made at the New Bedford Business Park. Titleist is the largest single employer in the park, with 1,425, and occupies some 400,000 square feet of space.

“It’s a great park,” said Titleist Vice President Raymond L. Cebula, whose 27 year career with the company included being on hand when the firm opened the first new building on the Dartmouth side of the park in the mid-1990s. Titleist has long benefited from the region’s dedicated and skilled workforce, he said, but the park itself was lagging behind other properties until Davis was brought on.

Not only has some $750,00 been invested to improve landscaping, signage, roadways and the telecommunications network, Cebula said he has been impressed with GNBIF’s willingness to assist companies on permitting and regulatory issues and in structuring incentive programs such as tax increment financing that allows for economically viable growth. Davis also has bettered interaction between tenants and the park, Cebula said, to the point that most issues can be addressed with a phone call to Davis’ office. “The awareness and response are much better” he said.

DeWalt said New Bedford Business Park has always offered his company good access to its markets and the area in general generates a quality of life such that Reynolds-DeWalt Printing has never seriously entertained relocating elsewhere. Even so, DeWalt concurred that the business park was badly in need of an upgrade prior to 1998.

Beyond its own efforts, Davis said regional initiatives to peddle Greater New Bedford as a viable business destination are paying off, including the concerted program to recast the area as the SouthCoast portion of Massachusetts. The SouthCoast Development Partnership has run series of advertisements and other promotions to better define the area and apprise prospective companies of the strong workforce, reduced housing costs and other elements deemed attractive.
“It has helped,” said Davis. “We’re clearly on the map now.” Stepped-up efforts are under way to help marry the business community with training and educational institutions such as the University of Massachusetts branch in Dartmouth, and to take advantage of the traditional economic engines such as the regions rich maritime heritage.

Still, while the New Bedford Business Park is doing its best to help old-line businesses, Davis stressed that the region’s future will rely heavily on developing technologies and attracting skilled employers, requiring constant vigilance to ensure the area is not overlooked. One wish-list item that GNBIF is currently pursuing is to bring a hotel to the park, said Davis, who also occasionally still tours competing properties to identify emerging ideas that might further strengthen the New Bedford site.

The hotel concept has met with mixed reviews – Cebula is on board but DeWalt maintains downtown New Bedford would be a better location – bust most spoken to said they are supportive of GNBIF’s overall strategy going forward, including a focus on office tenants and clean technologies. “I really like what is happening,” said Cebula. “The park has come a long way, and I would absolutely recommend it to any company looking to come down here.”

AquaPoint, Using Tomorrow’s Technology Today

AquaPoint provides cost-effective wastewater solutions
Business Bulletin; Vol 6, Issue 7, July 2006.

NEW BEDFORD – Tucked amid much bigger buildings and businesses that dot the New Bedford Business Park, Aquapoint could very well be a giant in the future of wastewater treatment for residential, commercial, institutional and municipal markets.

With the amount of development that much of New England has been going through the last few years, especially in places not located near city or town sewer pipe or treatment facilities, there has never been a greater need for a decentralized wastewater treatment than now. That’s where Aquapoint can help with the technologies it has developed that enable adaptive solutions to site specific wastewater issues.

“Decentralized wastewater treatment systems, much like the introduction of servers in lieu of big mainframe computers in the early 1990’s, offer the possibility of substantially reducing the costs of providing wastewater treatment,” said company President Steve Sedgwick. “Decentralized systems can be sized for specific situations, like a remote residential development, eliminating huge costs for laying the entire connective piping necessary to collect wastewater to a big municipal plant.”

Currently doing business in 26 states including Texas, Arkansas, and New Mexico in addition to New England, Aquapoint has set up wastewater treatment systems for businesses as large as Stop & Shop and Lowe’s to as small as single family homes. Examples can be seen locally at the Lowe’s Plaza in Pembroke, which helped serve three commercial shopping plazas and an office complex; Aquidneck Place in Portsmouth, R.I., an assisted living community that will eventually include treatment for a commercial plaza nearby; and a municipal wastewater treatment system to service a portion of the town of Otis, Mass.

“Due to our systems, the wastewater that is eventually pumped out is less damaging to the leach field and the overall environment,” said Mr. Sedgwick. “With increasing environmental concerns around failing septic systems, especially in areas where there is no municipal treatment center, there was a need for more site specific wastewater treatment.”
While Aquapoint has a number of solutions to any wastewater problems, the two main options include Bioclere, which is a self contained wastewater treatment system with a capacity to treat flows from 200 to 100,000 gallons per day, and Lotus-Active Cell Technology, which treats larger needs of flows from 1,000 gallon per day to full municipal systems that is currently under the permitting process.

The Bioclere system is a fully automated pump system, with self adjusting process control, linked to an existing septic tank, installed between the tank and the disposal system to upgrade treatment for existing facilities.
“This basically guarantees that you will never have to replace the treatment field again. Where other systems may see a treatment field fail after 5-7 years and then they have to spend half a million to replace it,” Mr. Sedgwick said. “With our system, the treatment is cleaner and you will never have to replace the field.”

The Lotus ActiveCell system, an Aquapoint and Hydroxyl Technology, features a fluidized reactor where microorganisms attach themselves to small, disk-like media, forming a biofilm. When the air is transferred into the water, mixing the media with the bacteria and the water, the biofilm absorbs, oxidizes and reduces organic and inorganic material for the treatment.

While Aquapoint has been selling Bioclere since the companies founding in 1993, they are just now bringing the Lotus ActiveCell to the market.

“ActiveCell is our main hope for the future, and the initial response from our market has been very positive. We have solutions and bigger technology that could eventually deal with any flow or complexity that comes along,” Mr. Sedgewick said. “Right now our focus is to do an effective market introduction of the ActiveCell technology and expand its utilization into a larger geographic range.”

Mr. Sedgwick said both systems are fairly easy to install and require minimal operational maintenance, and with a staff that includes environmental engineers, certified soil evaluators, freshwater ecologists and licensed wastewater plant operators, Aquapoint can provide assistance from the beginning design phase up until the final installation and continued maintenance of the wastewater treatment systems.

SOUTHCOAST BUSINESS ON THE MOVE
From NEBulletin.com – Jul 3, 2006, 04:31