WaterBriefs: Riverside Co. buys ITT Richter Chemie-Technik

Also in this report: Verano buys SCADA security, integration firm; Integrated Environmental Technologies enters national water treatment arena; MWH buys Australia's Liquid Earth; Networkcar signs deal with Chicago water reclamation district; Aqua America makes PA acquisition; R.W. Beck opens DC office; BOC helps poultry industry produce better food for consumers; 'Planet H2O' to highlight precious resource on public TV for Earth Day; JMAR names new BioSentry rep for UK, Ireland and Belgium...

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-- Integrated Environmental Technologies enters national water treatment arena
-- MWH acquires Australia-based Liquid Earth
-- Networkcar signs deal with Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago
-- Aqua America rings in 2006 with water/wastewater acquisition
-- R.W. Beck opens DC office, to present at Design-Build Water/Wastewater Conference
-- Tessenderlo Kerley granted patent on process for preparing calcium thiosulfate solution
-- BOC helps poultry industry produce better food for consumers
-- 'Planet H2O' to highlight precious resource on public TV for Earth Day
-- PetroQuest Resources Inc. acquires majority ownership in brine water disposal well
-- Fluent, Utah State join in DOE Nuclear Energy Research Initiative grant
-- Enercon selected for new nuclear power plant license application
-- FuelCell sells first Japanese power plant at Sharp Electronics 'green' facility
-- JMAR names new BioSentry rep for UK, Ireland and Belgium

Riverside Co. purchases ITT Richter Chemie-Technik -- Leveraged buyout is third through Riverside's European offices in last four weeks -- KEMPEN, Germany, Jan. 24, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Riverside Co. today announced the purchase of ITT Richter Chemie-Technik GmbH, a leading supplier of pumps, valves, controls and related services to selected segments of the chemical, fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries. With this transaction, Riverside has tapped its third acquisition of 2006. Richter also marks Riverside Europe's third purchase in the last four weeks; in late December, the firm's European offices closed the acquisitions of Diatron and Heat Seekers.

In this transaction, Riverside partnered with Guenter Naasner, Richter's CEO, and other members of the Company's management team, to purchase Richter from its parent organization, ITT Industries Inc. Richter, based in Kempen, Germany, also has a manufacturing facility in Nanjing, China. Its customers include Akzo Nobel, BASF, Bayer, Degussa, Dow DSM, Formosa Plastics, Grace, Pfizer Uhde, Sanofi Aventis and Schering, as well as many others.

"Richter offers a prime opportunity to jump into the current of a mature industry with a stable competitive landscape," said Kai Koeppen, Partner in Riverside's Munich office. "The Company has a long, successful history of focusing on product and application technologies."

The Riverside Co. (www.riversidecompany.com and www.riversideeurope.com) is the largest private equity firm focused on the smaller end of the middle market: premier companies with enterprise values of less than $100 million. Since 1988, the firm has invested in 123 transactions and its current portfolio in the U.S. and Europe numbers 44. With eight offices in North America and Europe, Riverside has produced top quartile returns for its investors, which are among the world's leading pension funds, endowments, funds-of-funds, insurance companies and banks.

ITT Richter Chemie-Technik GmbH (www.richter-ct.com) is a leading supplier of pumps, valves, controls and related services to selected segments of the chemical, fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The Company holds a leading position in fluoro-polymer lined pumps and valves for handling highly corrosive fluids in the chemical and pharmaceutical process industries. With headquarters in Kempen, Germany, Richter also has a manufacturing facility in Nanjing, China, and employs about 220 people.

Also see: "ITT Industries announces sale of Richter Chemie-Technik GmbH"

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