A Letter from Doug Kelley, President of IER
Hi everyone! I hope everybody had a very relaxing and Merry Christmas! No stopping the train – we’re on to 2024! Am I the only one feeling like the world is spinning too fast? It’s time to step back; maybe take a little Milk of Magnesia to calm the engines 😊.
In this IER Newsletter, we share a short video from our sparkling new manufacturing facility in Lufkin, TX, showing a dosage comparison of Caustic Soda versus ALKA-Mag+, which demonstrates the 40% usage rate reduction when switching from the hazardous to non-hazardous product. We’re eager to help Texas and nearby states’ wastewater treatment operations become safer and more cost-effective.
Additionally, the IER newsletter includes a conversational technical piece explaining a common benchtop experiment to illustrate the distinction between chemical reactivity and power. While caustic soda is highly reactive, it is not a very powerful alkali. This simple experiment shows how ALKA-Mag+ effectively maintains a stable pH and is the gentlest among alkaline products.
Last, but not least, we are excited to introduce you to Gunnar Walter, one of our fantastic operations and delivery specialists at our Centralia, WA facility. Gunnar is one of many newer members of IER who provides tremendous energy, support, and vision to help propel IER into the next generation.
I hope you enjoy the newsletter!
Magnesium Hydroxide – the Most Powerful and the Most Gentle
ALKA-Mag+ (Mg(OH)2) : Alternative to Caustic Soda for wastewater treatment, featuring IER’s Lufkin TX facility
Introducing Gunnar Walter, Delivery Specialist at IER
There is no more powerful alkalinity agent than magnesium hydroxide, and yet it is also the gentlest of all. How can this be?
This is a common discussion I’ve had over the years with wastewater operations folks that struggle to understand this reality. I’ve decided to put my text into a conversational form in order to reflect the standard way these discussions have gone over the years. Enjoy!
Looking for a change in careers Gunnar went back to school to get his CDL and then came to work for IER as a Delivery Specialist in 2022. Where Gunnar quickly learned everything there is to learn in the manufacturing and delivering of Magnesium Hydroxide and is a key team member of the IER Centralia Facility.Read his full bio