Bio-Microbics Inc., Shawnee, Kan., has received a 2009 Exporter of the Year award from ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Commerce Department in the Environmental category.
The company manufactures economical and ecological wastewater and storm water treatment systems for light commercial and residential onsite markets, including homes, commercial properties and communities in the U.S. and abroad. Bio-Microbics is a subsidiary of RLR Inc., a wastewater treatment company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.
“We are pleased to have been recognized with an Exporter of the Year Award,” said Bob Rebori, president of Bio-Microbics Inc. “Our company began export sales immediately after our launch in 1996, and since then export sales have been an important and growing base of revenue. Our mission is to bring superior products to emerging markets using proven, existing technologies in new and innovative ways. We are truly grateful to all who support us, and we eagerly look forward to the company’s continued success.”
Bio-Microbics has focused its export activities on improving water quality in single-family homes, clustered subdivisions, and high-strength commercial applications. The company also provides systems for the renovation and revitalization of failed septic systems. Currently, exports represent approximately 30% of the company’s total revenue.
The technology behind Bio-Microbics systems is based on a process called fixed activated sludge treatment (FAST), developed by Smith & Loveless, another RLR affiliate and leader in the design and manufacture of wastewater equipment since 1946. The FAST process employs a combination of attached and suspended bio-growth in an aerobic, packed bed bioreactor and used successfully in municipal, industrial, marine, commercial and residential settings for the past 35 years.
Exporter of the Year winners were chosen on the total number of documented export transactions completed in 2008, the total percentage increase in sales in 2008 compared to 2007, exports as percentage of total sales, the company’s commitment to exporting, the company’s commitment to customer service and the company’s innovation and originality in marketing products or services. To be eligible for the award, a company must currently be exporting from the U.S.
Gregory Sandler, publisher of Commercial News USA, said that the success of Bio-Microbics Inc. is indicative of how American companies can benefit from exporting. “American companies looking for growth need to be considering opportunities outside of the U.S.,” Sandler said. “World markets offer considerable potential for U.S. exporters.”