Waterleau Group acquires Ecovation and Krofta


Expansion into North American market positions Waterleau USA as a single-source for customized anaerobic, aerobic and membrane wastewater solutions

VICTOR, N.Y. – March 29, 2016—Waterleau Group, a leading global provider of energy recovery and water, air and waste treatment, announces that it has completed the acquisition of the anaerobic biological wastewater treatment plant design-build business of Ecovation and the membership interests of Krofta Technologies and their DAF technology from Ecolab (NYSE: ECL). With the acquisitions, Waterleau Group brings a 35-plus year legacy and track record of successful global wastewater and water engagements with some of the world’s largest food and beverage brands to the North American market. The newly created organization Waterleau USA is based in Victor, NY, and its operations provide customers access to a comprehensive portfolio of technologies and a single-source for customized anaerobic, aerobic and membrane wastewater solutions for the food and beverage industry.

“With the acquisitions of Ecovation and Krofta, Waterleau USA offers the North American market the best technology people armed with years of industry smarts, backed up with an in-house portfolio of technologies that can be combined in an optimal way to meet almost any environmental wastewater need,” says Willy Gils, President Waterleau USA. “Our speed to design-build and flexibility within our technology portfolio offers a true custom-tailored solution for the most challenging applications. This results in efficient, reliable and on-time engagements that reduce the overall water footprint, turn waste water to process water, create opportunities for green fuel, optimize treatment systems, all helping to reduce plant downtime and increase capacity.”

Ecovation, now Waterleau USA, is a key-player in water and wastewater treatment offering design-build solutions to North American customers in various industries. Ecovation’s technology portfolio includes turn-key solutions for aerobic as well as anaerobic biological wastewater treatment, integrating the complete treatment process. Ecovation’s access to Waterleau Group’s portfolio of environmental technologies and services will allow the new organization of Waterleau USA to expand its range of treatment solutions and strengthen its position in the North American market.

Krofta founded by Dr. Krofta in 1953 and based in Dalton MA, designs and supplies Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) clarifiers for wastewater treatment and liquid-solid separation. Krofta is a world leader in DAF technology with more than 3,500 installations running successfully over the world. The integration with Waterleau USA has already taken hold with several orders from leading global U.S.-based food and beverage brands currently in process. Waterleau USA experts will continue to support the customers of the Ecolab organization.

“This acquisition is a new milestone for the Waterleau Group as we continue to execute on our strategic growth plan,” says Bart Goedseels, CEO of Waterleau Group. “The additions of Ecovation and Krofta combined with the 2015 acquisitions of IBH Waste-to-Energy Engineering Consultants and Kary-Planqua, the Germany based water, wastewater and biomass treatment solutions provider, provides our customers access to a global portfolio of complementary and proprietary technology in all fields of environmental protection: water, air, waste treatment and energy recovery.”


In its latest acquisition, Waterleau Group is joined by BMI-SBI, the Belgian semi-public investment company co-financing and supporting this transaction.

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Waterleau is a provider of environmental technologies to both industrial and public clients, offering a complete portfolio of solutions for water, air and waste treatment as well as solutions for energy recovery from wastewater, organic and solid waste. The Waterleau scope of services includes the design, engineering, building, operation and maintenance of turn-key treatment plants. Operating from Belgium and with offices worldwide, Waterleau counts more than 2,000 references in all fields of environmental protection.

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