Veolia North America recently announced that it acquired from American Water Works Company, Inc. the rights to 23 of its water treatment and energy service contracts. The transaction will expand the core municipal water business of Veolia and will add 110 new employees to its Veolia’s North American operations.
The transaction includes contracts for water treatment services in locations across North America, including metropolitan areas such as Phoenix, AZ, the fifth-largest city in the US, and Seattle, WA. Non-municipal contracts include a college in Illinois, a beverage company, a food processing company and a chemical company. Nearly one-quarter of Veolia’s business is devoted to water and wastewater solutions, making it well-suited to ensure a seamless transition for its new customers.
“We are excited to expand our water and energy services to these municipalities and industries, and welcome our new colleagues,” said VNA Chief Executive Officer Bill DiCroce.
Veolia will be taking over 23 new contracts, of which 13 are wastewater contracts, four are drinking water contracts, five are wastewater and drinking water contracts, and one is a contract to provide steam and compressed air. Eighteen of these contracts are located in the US in eight different states (Connecticut, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, Arizona, California and Washington), and five are located in Ontario, Canada. This move is also in line with the company’s strategy to establish a greater presence in the western US, where six of the new contracts are located.
The transaction is worth $27 million. The new contracts represent a yearly turnover of $31.1 million.
In January 2017, Veolia announced it had acquired Enovity, an energy services firm based in San Francisco. At the time, Veolia said that the acquisition would enable it to expand its footprint in the building energy services sector.
And in September 2016, the company announced that its combined heat and power (CHP) technology would be used at the tallest hotel in the UK: Novatel London Canary Wharf. In addition to cutting energy costs, use of CHP in the 19,000 square-meter facility will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 213 tons annually. Veolia said that it provides CHP services to more than 110 hotels in the UK.
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