IER News Issue 8
July 2022

John Van Wingerden \ July 25, 2022

A Letter from Doug Kelley, President of IER

Welcome to IER’s Summer 2022 Newsletter!  Hoping all are enjoying some much needed downtime with family and friends, either by taking the opportunity to further explore the mysteries and wonders of this incredible planet, or by relaxing quietly at home with a house or yard project, or simply enjoying a really good book that you can’t put down.  Whatever your inclination, I hope your summertime is exactly what you need!

IER is using this summer to roll out the formal name change from AMALGAM-60 to ALKA-Mag+ for our new and improved 60% magnesium hydroxide product.  Customers that currently use AMALGAM-60 will be getting an email describing this change and making the paperwork transition as simple as possible.  We are especially excited that one of IER’s municipal customers will be giving a regional seminar this Fall on the cost-saving benefits of ALKA-Mag+ in their membrane bioreactor treatment process.

We will also be sharing a short article on how the term “MagOx” gets thrown around loosely in the industry, providing a deeper understanding into the chemistry differences of magnesium oxide and various magnesium hydroxide products.

Finally, we introduce you to a key player in IER’s growth.  This person began as a Delivery Specialist at our Pasco, WA plant and developed into a Plant Manager now poised to leap into a new growth region!  He came to IER from a military background and expertise in diesel engine maintenance.  Now he is one of IER’s most highly trained experts in the manufacturing of our new ALKA-Mag+ slurry technology!  And he has the coolest last name ever!


Introducing ALKA-Mag+

MagOX: Magnesium Oxide Relationship with Magnesium Hydroxide

Introducing Asa Thunder Eagle, Pasco Plant Supervisor


Introducing ALKA-Mag+

IER would like to announce that we will be changing the name of our 60% magnesium hydroxide product from AMALGAM-60 to ALKA-Mag+.

Through a combination of research efforts, our IER-Calix team has developed a magnesium hydroxide product having improved stability and flowability, along with a higher rate of reactivity.  These upgrades in product quality have improved the nature of our product to the degree that deserves giving it a new name to celebrate the efforts and improvements – ALKA-Mag+!



MagOX: Magnesium Oxide Relationship with Magnesium Hydroxide

It is very common to hear someone in the wastewater treatment industry refer to something called “MagOx” as an alkaline additive used to control pH or low alkalinity conditions.  Often this term is simply used as a nickname when referring to either magnesium hydroxide or magnesium oxide, which is the chemical precursor to magnesium hydroxide, but which has very different properties.  So, when looking to obtain an additive that will provide the most cost-effective pH control performance for your wastewater treatment application, it is important to understand the relationship between magnesium oxide and magnesium hydroxide, and how not all products are equal.

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Our people

Introducing Asa Thunder Eagle, Pasco Plant Supervisor

At the Pasco Plant, Asa worked his way up from being a truck driver to the Assistant Plant Manager, where he played a key role in the development of ALKA-Mag+.  In the near future Asa will be moving to the Midwest to become the Plant Manager of IER’s newest hydration plant.

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