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Atlas Watersystems, Inc. has been honored as one of two Companies of the Year in the Water Purification Industry. This is particularly rewarding for all of the dedicated, hard-working employees that have created an organization focused on excellence in design, installation, service and customer support. We are also thankful to our vendors, bank and other organizations and individuals that have trusted and supported us through our continued growth. See article below:
Water Technology ®’s 2007 POU/POE Dealers of the Year
Each December, Water Technology ® identifies water treatment dealerships that deserve special recognition for their performance and presence in the industry, based on information received by the magazine earlier in the year for our ranking of “Industry Leaders” (July issue). Congratulations this year to Atlas Watersystems, Newton, MA and Spectrum Water Coolers, Jessup MD.
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Atlas Watersystems, Inc., based in Newton, MA, has had a strong year, says company President Norm Marowitz, and it’s poised for continued growth through 2008 and beyond.
Marowitz, who most recently served as the company’s chief operating officer (COO), joined Atlas Watersystems in 1997. The Company was founded in 1987 by Simon O’Leary, who now serves as CEO. Cindyann Mealey, who has 12 years experience with the 76-employee company, recently was named COO.
According to Marowitz, the new titles reflect new roles for the company’s management team and an increased focus on company expansion. He and O’Leary now are spending more time developing relationships inside the New England region it currently serves and throughout the Northeast. Mealey now oversees inside operations for the company’s four operating groups; Commercial Drinking Water Systems, High Purity, Residential systems and Food Service.
According to Marowitz, the company is projecting total annual revenues for 2007 at approx. $9 million, a 12.5 per cent increase over its 2006 reported revenues of $8 million, says Marowitz.
The company’s success can be attributed to its customer-focused staff, including licensed plumbers who follow plumbing code, well-trained technicians, “an excellent sales staff and customer service personnel”, says Marowitz, noting that innovative design and installation capabilities are key.
Customer retention also is important. He attributes the company’s continued growth to a “culmination of years of building relationships with companies that send us work and like what we do."
All four operating groups have had a good year, says Marowitz. “The residential market since the end of May has been very, very busy,” says Marowitz, noting that the growth in that division was at first surprising because of sluggish regional housing starts. The more stringent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) radon and arsenic standards have contributed to growth in this segment, he says.
The Commercial Drinking Water Systems group has been “extremely busy,” says Marowitz, noting that his company has a number of contracts to replace bottled water with central purification systems feeding POU coolers at many state and town offices.
The High Purity group has been doing well, with contracts for Biotech companies and manufacturers in the solar energy industry growing, he says.
In addition to continuing to service Starbucks coffee shops, the Food Service group is working as a regional service provider throughout Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont for 3M CUNO, which has national accounts for its dual-filtration systems in restaurants like Subway sandwich shops, Barnes & Noble Cafes, Boston Market and Hess convenience stores. Atlas Watersystems serves as troubleshooter and handles all other problem water issues.
The Newton-based Atlas Watersystems team is preparing for a move to a 15,000 square foot office and warehouse facility in Waltham, MA in February 2008 to accommodate expansion. The company will retain its Littleton and Middleton, MA offices.