Zenon opens new regional office in San Diego County

Zenon Environmental Inc., a provider of membrane-based water and wastewater treatment solutions, is opening its first United States office in San Diego County. The new facility, which will be in Oceanside, will provide support to the Oakville, Ontario, Canada company's numerous customers in the area and will be the main office for its Southwest U.S. operations. It's also in close proximity to the Pacific Rim Region, making it a viable location for the company's growing business in Asia...

OCEANSIDE, CA, Sept. 2, 2005 (PRNewswire-FirstCall) -- Zenon Environmental Inc., a provider of membrane-based water and wastewater treatment solutions, is opening its first United States office in San Diego County. The new facility, which will be located in Oceanside, will provide support to the Oakville, Ontario, Canada-based company's numerous customers in the area and will be the main office for its southwestern U.S. operations. The new location is also in close proximity to the Pacific Rim Region, making it a viable location for the company's growing business in Asia.

"We are very pleased to have Zenon select Oceanside as its home for their Southwest Regional offices," said Jim Wood, mayor of the city of Oceanside. "Zenon is a leader in water membrane technologies and will be a welcome addition to our growing technology base in the community."

Zenon will be hosting a grand opening celebration where invited guests will have an opportunity to meet Zenon's staff, learn about Zenon's activities in the area and hear about the company's future plans.

California's Southwest region is home to a high concentration of Zenon's large customers who, along with others in the region, will benefit by the company's sales, service, project management and research facilities - all of which will be operating from its Oceanside office. From desalination of seawater to wastewater and recycling treatment, all are necessary components to ensure Southern Californians an adequate water supply - now and in the future.

"We recognize that this is one of the fastest growing and one of the most water sensitive regions in the United States," said Andrew Benedek, Chairman and CEO of Zenon. The area is also a centre of membrane excellence because of the pool of knowledgeable and experienced membrane specialists. "For these reasons, it is important for Zenon to have a strong presence in the region. We're very pleased about enhancing our operations here and assisting communities and industries in tackling their water quality and shortage issues."

Zenon has relocated some of its senior and executive management team to the new location. According to Mr. Benedek, although the office currently has a staff of about a dozen key people, the company will be increasing this number substantially over the next few years in order to meet the needs of this growing water-short region.

Estimates of population growth in the region vary from 30 to 40 percent over the next 20 to 30 years with water consumption estimated to increase at a much faster rate. In addition, water scarcity is becoming increasingly common as supplies can vary from year to year due to seasons of extreme drought and massive flooding. State regulators are urging conservation, proper water planning and recycling as key initiatives in any future growth plans.

As municipalities and industries look to alternate water sources, Zenon will be at the forefront of their reclamation and treatment solutions, from supplying quality municipal drinking and wastewater to desalination, to high quality recycled water for use in non-potable applications. As a global leader, Zenon's patented membrane technology offers the right solution to any water quality problem.

Zenon's Oceanside regional office builds on the company's existing presence in Concord, Calif.

Zenon (www.zenon.com) is a world leader in providing advanced membrane products and services for water purification, wastewater treatment and water reuse to municipalities and industries worldwide. Canada's Top 100 Employers ranked Zenon in their top 100 list for the last five years.

###

More in Technologies