APTech Group Acquires 21st Century Innovations

March 19, 2014 – APTech Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire 21st Century Innovations, effective March 17, 2014. Terms of the purchase are not disclosed. Located in Downers Grove, IL, 21st Century Innovations is a long-standing manufacturer of solid water treatment products used to protect and maintain commercial and industrial cooling and heating systems. This acquisition of 21st Century Innovations further strengthens the leadership position that APTech Group commands in the solid-form water treatment product marketplace.

“We are excited to acquire the pioneer of “solid” technology as it pertains to water treatment additives and products. 21st Century was a true innovator and the first to enter this market back in 1996. With our combined knowledge of solid water treatment product manufacturing methods and techniques, we see many product improvements and new applications we can build upon,” said James Heimert, CEO of APTech Group.

The transition of the 21st Century products into the APTech Group product line will take place over the next few months, with full production implemented at APTech Group’s manufacturing facility in Cincinnati by the end of 2014. Dennis Cerny, 21st Century’s president, will join APTech Group as a senior technical consultant, focusing on product improvements and new product development.

About APTech Group: APTech Group’s EnduroSolv® Water Treatment products enable clean, green and safe cooling tower, closed loop systems and boiler water treatment solutions. EnduroSolv® is a proprietary form of solid water treatment chemicals that enables combining several chemical components into one chemical mixture. The resulting solid products are economical to ship and safe to store and use. APTech Group offers a complete line of proven water treatment chemistry combinations designed to manage most types of raw water problems, such as varying ranges of hardness, pH, and alkalinity.

EnduroSolv® products are supplied and serviced by over 100 distributors in the United States. Additionally, EnduroSolv® products are exported to Canada, Mexico, Central America, the UK, Europe, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand. In 2012, APTech Group began licensing products for manufacturing in the Czech Republic to serve the UK and European markets. Plans for a similar manufacturing agreement in Brazil are being finalized. There are an estimated 5,000+ installations of APTech Group’s solid form water treatment products worldwide.

APTech Group was nominated for the EPA’s 2007 and 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Award and has been on the Inc. Magazine 500/5000 list of the fastest growing privately held companies the past three consecutive years. For more information, visit www.aptechgroup.com or contact Marc Beller at marc.beller@aptechsolids.com.

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