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Circon acquires Water Integrated Treatment Systems

This is the fourth add-on acquisition for Circon.


Circon Environmental, based in La Porte, Texas, has announced the acquisition of Water Integrated Treatment Systems (WITS), of Dolton, Illinois. According to the company, this acquisition will help boost its centralized waste treatment (CWT) capabilities.

WITS supplies waste treatment services managing nonhazardous liquids for water treatment, nonhazardous waste streams for solidification, and oil/water for recovery and treatment. The company was founded in 2015 by Rico Martinez. WITS operates two CWT facilities in Dolton and Kenosha, Wisconsin, and supplies transportation services to supplement its core treatment capabilities. According to Circon, WITS has been able to rapidly scale its operations and gain market share in two densely populated industrial markets: Chicago and Milwaukee.

“We are excited to add the WITS facilities and team to our expanding network of CWTs across the existing network of Circon locations,” says Circon CEO Frank Iezzi. “Circon continues to be committed to expanding in both new and existing geographies to better serve its customers and deliver a greater level of services with a focus on delivering sustainable services with quantifiable metrics. Our new Dolton, Illinois, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, locations will play a key role as we increase our services in the Great Lakes region. We are most importantly thrilled to welcome the WITS team, which has a history of delivering world-class service, to the Circon family.”

Circon, a portfolio company of New York City-based Kinderhook Industries LLC, specializes in industrial liquids management and serves both hazardous and nonhazardous liquid waste generators. It is also a provider of hazardous waste removal, transportation and disposal solutions. The company specializes in procuring, blending, treating and processing petroleum, petrochemical products and waste streams.

The company provides services primarily in the Gulf Coast and Chicago regions. Circon has 10 facilities, including six CWTs, two Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Part B facilities, and two diversified co-products processing facilities, as well as storage along the Houston Ship Channel.

“The acquisition of WITS will enable Circon to win market share and expand its CWT presence, which has been a strategic focus for the company,” says Rob Michalik, managing director of Kinderhook. “We look forward to welcoming the WITS team and its longstanding reputation of quality service to Circon and look forward to using this transaction as a catalyst for future growth.”