Milwaukee air pollution control manufacturer partners with U.K. firm

Anguil Environmental Systems has entered into a partnership with Spooner Industries, a U.K.-based manufacturer of industrial dryers.

Anguil Environmental Systems, a Milwaukee-based designer and manufacturer of oxidizing equipment, has created a partnership with Spooner Industries, a convection dryer supplier in the United Kingdom.

Under the agreement, Spooner Industries will build and install Anguil-designed oxidizers on air pollution controlling devices in Europe, focusing on converting, coating and printing applications, said Kevin Summ, Anguil’s marketing manager.

Anguil’s regenerative thermal oxidizers and direct fired catalytic and thermal recuperative oxidizers are used to destroy volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants often generated in the manufacturing process. Its systems are found in boat-building facilities, wood and paper processors, chemical and pharmaceutical plants, metal-coating plants and other manufacturing or processing sites.

Spooner’s equipment is often used in the drying, curing and coating process.

Anguil formerly had a manufacturing facility in the U.K., but closed it several years ago. The company continued to sell products in the U.K. and Europe, but shipping costs became very expensive, Summ said. Spooner and Anguil have worked together on several European projects, making the partnership a natural fit, said Gene Anguil, chief executive officer for Anguil Environmental Systems.

"Not only are our product offerings complimentary, but our firms have a similar philosophy and focus with custom engineered industrial systems," he said.

Anguil, with about 55 employees in Milwaukee, had about $25 million in sales in 2007. The company expects more than $30 million in sales in 2009, based on the new partnership, Summ said.

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