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December 17, 2013
Aqua-Chem, Inc. Reaches Safety Milestone

Knoxville, TN (December 17, 2013) – Today, Aqua-Chem Inc, a Knoxville-based manufacturing company of water purification systems, reached 1,000,000 man-hours without a lost time accident. “This safety milestone is a tremendous achievement by the more than 190 Aqua-Chem associates at all of our locations, Knoxville, TN, Ft.  Lauderdale, FL and Houston, TX,” said David Gensterblum, Aqua-Chem President and CEO. Gensterblum added, “although today we reached 1,000,000 manhours, we will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to ensure thousands of more man-hours without a lost time accident occur.”

The Company safety mission statement is Foster a “Safety First” culture which is embraced by “all” employees. The employees have embraced this culture and have truly put “Safety First”. As part of their safety initiatives, a safety committee, consisting of ten associates representing various levels of the organization including executive management, supervisors, manufacturing hourly associates and office personnel guide the company’s safety direction. Tom Gillcrist, Aqua-Chem CFO and safety champion stated, “Safety is the responsibility of every Aqua-Chem employee. They hold each other accountable which has lead to this world class safety milestone.”

A company-wide celebration is scheduled for Friday, January 17, 2014 in recognition of reaching the 1,000,000-hour safety milestone.

About Aqua-Chem, Inc.:

Founded in 1940, Aqua-Chem is a leading solutions provider in evaporation and membrane technologies and water pretreatment equipment, with a full array of engineering, manufacturing, installation, 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. Formore information, visit

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. To learn more about Altus Capital Partners, visit