Aqua-Chem, Inc. and the University of Tennessee's Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering Presents Findings

Knoxville, TN (August 19, 2013) – Aqua-Chem, Inc. and University of Tennessee’s Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering Lean Enterprise Summer Program presented their findings to Aqua-Chem management. The partnership’s objective was for the students to look for innovative ways Aqua-Chem could improve the processes in four specific areas: Warehouse, Materials, Engineering and Manufacturing. "This month-long partnership gave Aqua-Chem tools to apply new and creative ideas that will benefit the organization, along with allowing students to apply classroom lessons to the work field," said Derek Schroeder, Director of Supply Chain Management for Aqua-Chem. This experience gave both students and Aqua-Chem unique and informative information that can be applied for years to come.

The Lean Enterprise Summer Program allows students the opportunity to see first-hand how classroom lessons are applicable within the workforce. "These students possessed an outstanding work ethic and brought forth an energy that did not go unnoticed within Aqua-Chem’s environment. "We allowed the students to collect data and observe working side-by-side with our teams with the hopes of creating informative solutions and ideas to incorporate into our existing system and processes here at Aqua-Chem," stated David Gensterblum, Aqua-Chem President and CEO. "By allowing students to collaborate along-side, and shadow highly skilled staff, students understand how important classroom lessons are applied in day to day activities," concluded Dr. Rupy Sawhney, Professor Industrial Engineering.

About Aqua-Chem, Inc.:
Founded in 1940, Aqua-Chem is a leading solutions provider in evaporation, membrane technologies, and water pretreatment equipment. With a full array of engineering, manufacturing, installation, and training, part aftermarket and maintenance services. The company serves the needs of customers in the following major markets: offshore oil & gas, land forces and naval military branches, pharmaceutical/biotech, beverage, commercial marine, micro-utilities/land-based and Industrial Water Reuse. Based in Knoxville, TN, Aqua-Chem sells and services its products in more than 100 countries around the world.

Aqua-Chem is a portfolio company of Altus Capital Partners, Inc., an investment firm specializing in middle market manufacturing companies based in the U.S.

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