A global strategic platform established by KKR and XPV Water Partners to provide end-to-end nutrient management solutions, announced the acquisition of Environmental Dynamics International, a leading global manufacturer of diffused aeration systems.
The addition of EDI accelerates the growth of the water quality platform’s nutrient management offerings through Nexom and Environmental Operating Solutions. In connection with the acquisition, EDI will integrate into Nexom, combining EDI’s expertise in serving medium- to large-scale treatment facilities – both in North America and internationally – with Nexom’s expertise in serving small- to medium-sized treatment facilities. As CEO of Nexom, Martin Hildebrand will lead the combined entities.
Founded in 1975 with its headquarters in Columbia, Missouri, EDI specializes in the research, development and application of advanced technology aeration and biological treatment solutions for municipal and industrial wastewater. EDI’s systems have been installed in over 7,000 facilities across 100 countries – benefiting more than an estimated 300 million people around the world.
“We are committed to scaling solutions to promote water quality and we look forward to collaborating with EDI’s management team and dedicated employees to deliver our resources, ideas and capital to unlock additional growth. Our ambition is for this acquisition to be the first of many as we expand our platform by teaming up with leading entrepreneurs, technologies and businesses across the sector,” said Robert Antablin of KKR Global Impact and David Henderson of XPV Water Partners.
“Adding EDI to our platform is an incredible strategic fit. I look forward to working closely with the employees of EDI to grow the combined business,” said Martin Hildebrand, CEO of Nexom.
Chuck Tharp, Founder of EDI, who will transition from CEO to an advisor role as part of the transaction, said: “In addition to being a great cultural fit for EDI, KKR and XPV’s water quality platform brings significant resources, expertise and passion to fuel our collective growth.”
For KKR, the investment is part of the Firm’s Global Impact strategy, which focuses on identifying and investing behind companies whose core business models provide commercial solutions that contribute measurable progress toward one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. By reducing pollution and improving water quality, KKR’s platform is delivering measurable progress toward achieving the United Nations SDG #6 of ensuring the availability and sustainable management of clean water.