Chairman & CEO of Badger Meter Rich Meeusen
Guest of Honor WI Lieutenant Governor – Rebecca Kleefisch
Video Senator Ron Johnson
Video Senator Tammy Baldwin
Mayor Tom Barrett
Water Environment Federation
Big Oil & Water
Adoption of the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standards
Wisconsin’s water cluster initiative continues to attract companies from across the nation and world to participate in their innovation and education centers, the growing network of ecosystem development and their growing brand of industry leadership.
A recent example of attraction comes from Austrialia and south east Asia. With its head office located in Sydney, Australia, a sales and operations office based in Singapore and a contract assembly hub in Shanghai, China, the BioGill team knew it was time for a U.S. office to be established.
In January of 2017 the company established BioGill North America Inc., and in July opened its Milwaukee office within the Global Water Center, employing Annie Weidert as Regional Manager for the Americas. In October BioGill exhibited at WEFTEC, along with The Water Council, in Chicago. After the company delivered a technical paper at the event there was a tsunami of interest in the technology, which has led to the expansion of its U.S. team by adding a second full-time employee in January 2018.
“One of my beliefs in business is that one plus one should equal three. To successfully scale up in business, you need to look for ways to value add, leverage and network. And that’s what the water hub in Milwaukee has delivered to us. We’re plugging into an influential and well- established industry network, helping us to make better informed decisions as we grow our client base in the U.S.” – Paul Hatten / CEO BioGill
“We looked at many locations and states for our U.S. operation, but Milwaukee and Wisconsin best suited our needs,” said Paul Hatten. “While we have many sites and proven projects around the world, the U.S. is a relatively new market for us. The Water Council has proven to be a powerhouse of knowledge, contacts and advice. In the end, it was an easy decision and made perfect business sense to locate in Milwaukee.”
Source: The Water Council
Wisconsin continues to lead in the US in terms of cluster development and building a global brand for industry leadership. They have already launched over 6 cluster initiative in varying cities across the state but have the infrastructure and operational models to continue to move into more emerging industries faster than states that have no vision for cluster development and the regional advantage and attraction it creates.
I attended the SSTi webinar featuring several speakers from leading cities that are successful driving industry based clusters initiatives. This webinar discussed how they launched their initiatives and the benefits to the region they are already realizing. It was also clear that the success has reached an international level of industry recognition, corporate participation an investment.
- Dean Amhaus, president and CEO, The WisconsinWater Council
- Vijay Chauhan, St. Louis-based project lead, Global STL
- Donn Rubin, president and CEO, BioSTL, and founder of Global STL