Sponsored by the Office of International Visitors Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and administered locally by Global Ties KC, various Kansas City organizations played host to show the technological advances in the Water Industry for Mexican delegation.
Lenexa, Kansas – Through a special 3-day program (November 17th – 20th) entitled “Public Water Utility Management: A Project for Mexico” planned and hosted by Global Ties KC (www.globaltieskc.org), visitors are invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The Public Water Utility Management delegation were interested in looking into a variety of water solution topics here in Kansas City and hoped to examine best practices in public water utility management, strategic planning and operational capacity of public utilities, and examine different approaches to public utility management.
One of the tours included a visit to Lenexa-based BioMicrobics, Inc. As a global manufacturer (distributes in over 70 countries, named 2011 Kansas Exporter of the Year) and an award-winning US President’s E STAR (nationally recognized for 8 years of continuous exporting success) recipient, BioMicrobics has grown from one product focused on single-family, decentralized wastewater treatment into a multi-faceted corporation to deliver water solutions that are better for the environment and better for the bottom line. The BioMicrobics team and visiting BioMicrobics Mexico Distributor, Grupo Novem, discussed with the delegates past and current projects with its technological innovations in the world of water management and highlight cooperation between manifold agencies and sectors to facilitate the management of clean water.
“BioMicrobics provides high-quality, innovative, technological advancements in the world of water management,” said Robert J. Rebori, President of BioMicrobics, Inc. “We’ve assisted and worked with Grupo Novem to provide Mexico with alternatives and solutions for large and small-scaled wastewater treatment plants.”
Along with its subsidiaries Scienco/FAST (located in Saint Louis, Missouri) and SeptiTech (located in Portland, Maine), their goal is to help clean the water in our world and produce simple, low cost, and robust technologies, devices, and products that deliver highly-effective, low maintenance and energy-efficient water treatment systems. Recently, BioMicrobics was named a 2019 Top 10 Wastewater Management Solution Provider by Utilities Outlook Magazine.
The Water Management Delegation from Mexico reflected on their visit to BioMicrobics and commented: “Thank you very much for your company’s hospitable, informative, and useful briefings, videos, plant tour, manuals (and useful tool) this past Monday. It was a corporate visit with the enterprising and personal touch of dedicated staff from the president and all the staff [of BioMicrobics].”
In addition from touring and meeting with the BioMicrobics Lenexa-Based Global Headquarters, the Delegation also toured and met with:
- Johnson County Wastewater & Tour of the Middle Basin Treatment Plant;
- Heartland Conservation Alliance (HCA) – which proactively conserves, protects, and restores the land and natural resources of the KC area, specifically through improving water quality and protecting property and preserving the natural heritage; and
- KC Water Services, who talked about the net treatment and storm water facilities with discussions on how they are making a more sustainable water system for KC.
Other fun events during their stay included opportunities to travel to visit the River Market, Power & Light District, the Kauffman Center, the Crossroads and Union Station by riding the KC streetcar. They also enjoyed Garozzo’s and Gates BBQ during their stay.
Global Ties KC always love hearing about experiences and impact from these meetings, especially if there may be opportunities for future collaboration with Kansas City-based companies. It seemed the Mexican Delegation enjoyed their time in the Heartland of America.
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Delegation was accompanied by:
Mr. Roberto Andres Aceituno, U.S. Department of State Liaison
Ms. Martina Kinkle, U.S. Department of State Liaison
Ms. Jennifer Soto, U.S. Department of State Interpreter
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