History of Baswood
Baswood offers innovative and sustainable technology-based solutions to wastewater and biosolids treatment for a wide range of industrial and municipal markets. Baswood was founded in 2004 by microbiologist and inventor, Paul Baskis, to commercialize patented technologies for biological waste treatment that was developed to replicate the natural processes for breaking down organic materials that are found in riverine environments.
Since our initial application in the municipal market at Glasgow, Kentucky, Baswood's state-of-the-art technology has proven effective in treating municipal, agricultural, and industrial waste streams with a cost advantage over baseline technologies.
Michael WalkerChief Executive Officer
Mike joined Baswood as CEO in 2008 and has 17 years in technology with roles in senior management, sales, and business development. Mike brings thought leadership for decentralized wastewater treatment, particularly as it applies to developing countries with limited wastewater infrastructure. Prior to Baswood, Mike served as vice president of business development at Giveline Inc., an e-commerce pioneer. He also served as vice president of business development at network software vendor Demarc Security Inc. Before that, he was president and COO of AdTraffickers. Mike began his career in the technology sector at Oracle, where he focused on growing the company's financial services business.
Kendall YornSVP Engineering
Kendall joined Baswood in 2013 with 20+ years of engineering and manufacturing experience in the beverage industry. He brings industry insight on emerging industrial wastewater requirements, and has worked with municipalities to develop industry/government solutions to wastewater treatment. Previously, Kendall was SVP for Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), where he led that company's implementation of the Baswood technology as a solution to reduce increasing wastewater costs while fulfilling the company's sustainability goals. He also implemented large-scale engineering projects involving partnerships with local municipalities, including construction of an 850,000 square foot beverage production and distribution facility. Kendall also held several roles at Anheuser-Busch and has an M.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University.
Paul KamholzVP Sales & Marketing
Paul joined Baswood in January 2016 with more than 20 years of Sales and Sales Management experience in the Consumer Goods industry. He has successfully spearheaded partnerships with the leading companies in the sector with creativity and passion. Previously, Paul was Director of Sales for PECO Pallet, the leading provider of pooled pallets in North America. He also served as Division Sales Manager for Sonoco Products and held several roles at Rehrig Pacific Company. Paul sits on the Executive Board of Directors for The Illuminators, the most respected volunteer organization in Grocery and Consumer Goods in the United States. Paul is a proud graduate of the University of Southern California Food Industry Executive Program and holds an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.
Bill FauldsChief Technical Officer
Bill has worked with Baswood since 2008; formally joining the organization in 2010 to deliver the Baswood technology to new and existing customers who need cost efficient biological wastewater treatment with energy savings. Bill brings 40+ years of technical expertise in water and wastewater treatment and energy projects. He has been integral in the growth, development, and implementation of innovative technologies that protect our environment. Over the past 40 years, he has managed hundreds of projects for the food & beverage, agricultural, pharmaceutical, municipal, oil & gas, and petrochemical industries, including projects over $100M in size.
Dr. Kai ZhangPrincipal Process Engineer
Kai received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. His expertise is in biological wastewater treatment, process R&D, and modeling. Specifically, Kai has extensive process design experience in conventional activated sludge, nutrient removal, membrane bioreactors, various anaerobic reactors, and the integration of different unit processes into a solution suitable for end-users. Kai has worked with clients in refineries, chemical manufacturers, food and beverage producers, and municipalities. In his spare time, Kai enjoys running, reading, and photography.
Phani PeddiSenior Process Engineer
Phani Peddi joined Baswood in 2017 with eight years of experience in water treatment process design, pilot scale testing, commissioning and plant operations. He worked on several wastewater and residuals related projects for different industries including municipal, manufacturing, fossil fuel fired power plants, mining, and food & beverage. Phani graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University. His areas of expertise include primary, secondary and polishing stages of water treatment, biological sludge treatment, solids dewatering, conceptual process design and treatment plant operations.
Baswood BioViper™ Wastewater Pretreatment System Begins Operations at Dr Pepper Snapple Group Bottling PlantProcess Wastewater Solution Supports Sustainability, Reduces Cost
HOUSTON, March 5, 2013 – Baswood Corporation, a provider of advanced wastewater treatment systems, today announced the start of full-scale operations of its BioViper™ biological pretreatment system at the Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) Houston bottling plant. Using Baswood's patented technologies, the BioViper™ delivers an energy-efficient pretreatment solution that significantly lowers the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) in the bottling plant's facility's effluent while supporting DPS's environmental sustainability goals.
With digestion rates of 75 to 90 percent, the Baswood system provides a reduction in the plant's organic loading, which allows DPS to minimize its burden on the City of Houston wastewater treatment operations and increases the city's capacity to treat wastewater from other industrial customers.
The proprietary BioViper™ system requires 40 percent less energy to operate than traditional digestion systems and 25 percent less energy than other emerging technologies. In addition to a smaller carbon footprint, the BioViper™ occupies a small physical footprint, which enabled the pretreatment facility to be built within the existing DPS property boundaries. The modular and scalable system can expand if additional capacity is required for the plant's bottling operations.
"Baswood's BioViper™ system reduces both cost and our impact on the environment and public resources," said Kendall Yorn, senior vice president of manufacturing and engineering for DPS. "Clean water is in everyone's interest, and this new technology is a major step forward in our commitment to finding sustainable solutions that positively affect our community."
"All of us at Baswood are proud that our wastewater treatment technology is making a significant contribution not only to DPS's sustainability initiatives, but also to its bottom line," said Michael Walker, CEO of Baswood. "Our system's modular, efficient solution significantly lowers the cost of wastewater pretreatment, which enables our customers, regardless of their size, to gain a rapid return on their investment."
The BioViper™ is based on the patented Aerobic/Anaerobic Integrated Media System (AIMS), which maximizes biological treatment efficiency utilizing Baswood's Dry Cycle Aerobic/Anaerobic Digestion (DCAD) technology. As wastewater passes through distinct treatment zones within the system, sequential treatment results in accelerated digestion of organic wastes, virtually odor free. The BioViper™achieves treatment goals with a reduced hydraulic retention and increased solids retention, resulting in lower horsepower demands; is internally self-buffering, reducing the need for costly chemicals; and uses Baswood's proprietary control system, requiring minimal operator oversight.
The Baswood technology was developed and patented by Paul Baskis, a microbiologist and inventor, who studied rivers and saw how bacteria worked in different aeration environments.
Based on these studies, Mr. Baskis designed an innovative approach to wastewater treatment that replicated the efficient and effective processes that occur in a natural environment.
Baswood's chairman of the board, actor Edward Norton, is the United Nations Ambassador for Biodiversity, a trustee of Conservation International and member of the TEEB Advisory Council and a long-time advocate for sustainable technologies. Norton has a long-standing interest in efficient, modular wastewater treatment solutions from his work in the developing world and was a founding investor in Baswood in 2004. He has been on the Board since 2007 and became chairman in 2008.
"Baswood's water treatment technology represents an authentic paradigm shift across the whole spectrum of needs, from industrial pre-treatment to primary municipal treatment to the most demanding tertiary sludge reduction," said Mr. Norton. "It hits the trifecta of better performance, lower energy use and modular scalability and it offers highly flexible solutions for all scenarios – from rural communities in developing countries all the way up to the largest municipal and industrial water treatment facilities. Dr Pepper Snapple's installation of the Baswood technology is a great example of how industry can be a leader in promoting cost- effective innovations that improve the bottom line, lower the public cost burden, and protect the sustainability of our most vital resources."
Baswood offers innovative and sustainable technology-based solutions to wastewater and biosolids treatment for a wide range of industrial and municipal markets. Our proven, patented technologies provide effective treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater streams, as well as biosolids digestion. Founded in 2004, the company delivers innovative, technology- based solutions that produce results. Baswood's state-of-the-art technology has proven effective in treating municipal, agricultural, and industrial waste streams with a cost advantage over baseline technologies.
To learn more about the Baswood technology and how a BioViper™ system can keep your facility in compliance while reducing overall operating costs, as well as to inquire about the availability of the mobile treatment system, please visit our website at www.baswood.com or call Baswood at (888) 524-2822.
About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit DrPepperSnapple.com. For our latest news and updates, follow us at Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple.
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