This is us

Please allow us to introduce ourselves.

We are about helping you make your wastewater treatment program a worry-free source of pride for your communities.

The wastewater industry has seen how nutrients have exposed the limits of existing solutions. Nexom (now including EDI) designs and supplies the next wave of proven technologies for cleaner water so municipalities and industries can confidently meet and exceed every treatment need.

When wastewater plants get tighter regulations (or when their aging infrastructure can no longer meet existing regulations), their engineers turn to us to help them produce low carbon, phosphorus or nitrogen concentrations. We offer proprietary technologies including:

These, along with the rest of our proven portfolio, make us a leader in clean water technologies.

Our understanding of the following three traits sets us apart:

Responsive service and technologies: Our team strives to make our customers’ lives easier by providing responsive service, with design support and drawings to keep projects on track. Our portfolio of proprietary technologies is responsive as well, focused on addressing the contaminants and nutrients that regulators are targeting today and into the future.

At home in the cold: We understand cold water presents unique dynamics that are often believed to be insurmountable. At our office in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, we annually see the coldest winters of any North American city of over 500,000 residents, and it’s in those conditions that our technologies have been proven.

Research and performance: We only promise what we have proven Nexom technologies and services can reliably deliver. We can provide years of data from dozens of full-scale installations, have been approved by the most rigorous regulators on the continent, and have the testimony of recognized academic authorities. All this, to give you the confidence that if its supplied by Nexom, it will work.

Our vision is for every drop of wastewater in North America to meet the highest nutrient standards at the lowest possible energy footprint.

As Nexom, we ensure all wastewater plant operators sleep easy at night through a relentless commitment to proven innovation, best in class employees and customer service.

We are proud of the history that we get the chance to write every day.

 

Our story dates back as far as 1975...

…when Environmental Dynamics International (EDI) is founded by Charles E. Tharp, a Columbia, Missouri-based company that quickly becomes a global competitor in biological wastewater treatment and advanced diffused aeration systems for municipal and industrial clients.

In 1997, Nelson Environmental is founded.

Winnipeg, MB-based Nelson Environmental was founded by Martin Hildebrand, P.Eng, to focus on the underserved lagoon market and equipping these low O&M facilities favoured by small- to mid-sized communities and industrial clients with the tools needed to meet tomorrow’s effluent requirements.

In 2016, Nelson Environmental becomes Nexom.

With the acquisition of Nelson Environmental by XPV Water Partners, the acquisition of the assets of Blue Water Technologies, the resulting launch of a full-line of nutrient- and solids-focused filtration technologies, the company emerged with a new name: Nexom.

In 2019, KKR and XPV choose Nexom as a foundational piece for a new platform.

Two of the biggest private equity firms active in the wastewater industry, KKR (through its Global Impact fund) and XPV Water Partners joined forces to use Nexom (alongside Environmental Operating Solutions, Inc., or EOSi) to form a new water quality platform. Axius Water, as it is now known, was created to address United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 by addressing the global wastewater nutrient crisis.

In 2020, EDI joins the Nexom family.

With the acquisition of EDI by Axius Water and its integration into Nexom, EDI continues to offer “aeration for life” through its engineered aeration technologies, and the combination of the two companies instantly creates a globally-competitive nutrient management leader offering an ever-broadening range of category-leading technologies.

In fact, it is thanks to this team that we, Nexom has been named the Best Employer in Wastewater by Hunter Crown, the water-focused recruiting and executive search company, twice!

Our Leadership Team
Meet the team that sets the tone.
Martin Hildebrand, P.Eng.

Martin Hildebrand, P.Eng.

CEO

Martin Hildebrand, P.Eng, started Nexom’s founding predecessor, Nelson Environmental, in 1997, and in the subsequent years has focused on guiding the company to pioneer numerous leading biological and filtration-based wastewater treatment systems. That experience includes research and wastewater technology development as well as process design and optimization of over 700 projects across North America and the Middle East.

Dee Bryant

Dee Bryant

Vice President, Sales

As VP of Sales, Dee Bryant is responsible for the Nexom and EDI Sales, Proposal Development, Marketing and Aftermarket functions. Having led teams at Newterra, Insituform (now Aegion), and Thompson Pipe Group, Dee brings years of experience in the water and wastewater industries in both civil construction and treatment applications within the municipal and industrial sectors. Dee graduated from United States Military Academy at West Point, NY with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and served six years as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. He also holds a Master of Science in Business Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.
Mona Colburn

Mona Colburn

Vice President, Finance

Mona Colburn joined Nexom’s finance and accounting team in 2008, and by 2013 she was leading it. She has has been a key contributor to a variety of acquisitions while overseeing successful reporting, audit, forecasting and cash management amidst the 4x+ organic growth of Nexom’s core business. Ms. Colburn holds her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Major in Accounting, and leads both the Nexom and EDI teams with a current focus on understanding challenges and providing process-driven solutions that drive profitable growth.

Carlos Rios

Carlos Rios

Global Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Carlos Rios Cavazos leads the Nexom & EDI Sales & Marketing teams in providing support to consultants, municipalities and industries that are looking for proven and cost-effective biological wastewater treatment or aeration solutions. Carlos is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) of México City, with 18 years of experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry. He has worked on the development of municipal and industrial projects (DBOT) for potable water and wastewater treatment plants and he previously managed the Global Sales Team of EDI focused on driving strategies to achieve corporate growth.

Our Platform

Nexom (including EDI) is part of the Axius Water family of companies, a water quality-focused platform led by CEO Chris McIntire and formed by KKR’s Global Impact Fund and XPV Water Partners.

For more information, visit axiuswater.com.

 

ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance)

In addition to Axius Water’s position at the forefront of addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (specifically Target 6.3), the platform’s stakeholders are counting on it to demonstrate excellence and transparency across all ESG issues. To learn more about Axius Water’s efforts through fiscal year 2020, and its commitment to strengthen our overall sustainability strategy, approach, and performance, download Turning the Tide on Water Quality: Axius Water’s 2020 Sustainability Overview.

Axius Water Operating Companies continue to make collective sustainability impact across environmental, social, and governance issues for the 2021 fiscal year. Download STRONGER TOGETHER: Axius Water’s 2021 Sustainability Overview

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