By Emma H. Peterson
Pargreen Water Technologies
Pargreen Process Technologies
1206 Capitol Drive, Addison, IL 60101
Tel: (800) 323-2810 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pargreen Sales Engineering Corp. established its roots in 1966 when Mike Green and his business partner, Mike Opar, combined their last names to create the unique moniker for their new business. Both had history working in the print ink industry, supplying raw materials and process equipment. The new business venture was intended to provide the printing market with updated filtration and separation processes. Pargreen facilitated the revolutionization of how ink was filtered and transported, which ultimately eliminated waste and produced higher returns for printing manufacturers.
The pair became a preferred vendor for high viscosity-style filtration needs, with filtration partners eventually asking them to expand into general industrial markets. While growing into the major provider of filtration technologies, Pargreen transitioned into the filtration of chemicals, veterinary medicine, food/beverage and pharmaceutical markets. (Today they offer filtration and separation equipment for course straining down to microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration.)
In 2009, Pargreen Water Technologies (PWT) was born out of a need to support large RO systems, high-flow backwash filtration, ion exchange solutions, UV, etc. PWT used its industrial knowledge to expand by developing a line of water solutions for the light commercial and residential market. (Pargreen builds, supplies and supports the contractor systems through its network of water professionals and contractors.) To assist with this effort, ownership brought in new and imaginative leadership for the division, including experienced General Manager and industry professional Matthew Wirth. Pargreen is privately held and solely owned by Matthew Green. Other key players at Pargreen Water Technologies include Dave Chase, the National Sales Manager and Mark Green, Manager of Dealer Development for PWT.
Wirth has been in water treatment for 40 years. PWT needed a technical advisor for the industrial water division and who better than a Water Conditioning Master license holder in Minnesota and an experienced GM of water, as he is known to many today. The company established trust within a market used to dealing with larger key players and built a reputation for providing excellent customer service and expertise. Under the management and guidance of their experience professionals, PWT became known for its unparalleled access to advanced technologies to provide the best solutions for customers.
Pargreen, founded as an industrial-based company, remains so today. The industrial side of business is distinguished as Pargreen Process Technologies (PPT), a source for mixers, pumps, valves and containers, with customers and relationships across the country and internationally. Its team of 25 people operates from satellite offices and headquarters in Addison, IL, as well as outside of Chicago, where they keep a healthy inventory of solutions stocked and ready to ship. The company also serves customers in industries such as metals manufacturing, micro-electronics, biofuels, steam generation and boiler feed water.
PWT and PPT together are a hybrid company, working directly within the industry on the process side (with high-profile industrial clientele) while supporting the plumbing and dealer market on the distribution side. “There’s a big difference between a homeowner needing to do a load of laundry and industrial/pharmaceutical plants that cannot shut down, so we have to accommodate that and respond with solutions immediately for large scale customers,” Wirth said. It’s a different mindset on each side of the business but having all the support and technology from both ensure that anything in the small commercial and homeowner marketplace they encounter is something they have seen before and therefore, finding the best solution is painless.
Knowledge and understanding of the technology within large systems is Pargreen’s forte. Staff likes to say they work from the top-down, from the higher level of technical experience and support in the industrial business down to the building and designing of systems for small commercial and residential marketplaces. In other words, they use their extensive knowledge of industrial water quality applications and apply it to their designs and builds of their residential product lines. “We’re not your traditional water treatment dealer. We are more of an industrial firm with a process side, but also have a water technology side, which supports distribution to water contractors,” Wirth said.
Pargreen is a customer-focused sales and service organization that develops and delivers innovative filtration and separation solutions to its industrial process and pure water customers. The goal is to deliver operational excellence in all aspects of the business to meet or exceed the expectations of customers. The business strives to maintain its core values of courage, integrity, respect, service excellence, leadership, accountability, empowerment, efficiency, innovation, passion and ownership, to prioritize eco-friendly solutions that serve customers as well as the environment and the well-being of the planet. Pargreen is proud to offer the unique ability to bring expertise and innovation in commercial and industrial system design into the development of better products for the residential space.
Wirth, a big advocate for water conservation and reducing negative impact on the environment, introduced fresh ideas for water conservation to PWT. “You can’t do water treatment without waste, but I’ve worked throughout my career to do as little harm as possible,” he said. “We use new technologies to develop systems that conserve water and impact the environment as little as possible.” Being a hybrid company provides the intelligence and education needed to make this successful.
With the Industry’s need to reduce chloride discharge and conserve water, Pargreen developed efficiency technologies to address these challenges. The introduction of the EverGreen and AspenPro eco-friendly line of Pargreen’s residential water solutions in 2020 addressed softening efficiency and iron filtration with a best-in-class solution for reduced backwash, with 75 percent less water to the drain. (EverGreen and AspenPro are a suite of the most sustainable water softening and filtration solutions on the market.) The company recently filed for a provisional patent on the filter design that is anticipated to be released soon.
In the drive for more sustainable practices, Pargreen is always on the lookout for new, improving technology. “We tell customers that better technology can grow their business,” officials said. “What we mean is having the right filtration in place reduces costs, opens new markets and increases the bottom line.” In the future, the company plans to continue developing water conserving solutions for problem and municipal water and look for ways to apply these technologies in industrial settings. It also expects to use these technological advancements to grow their residential side of the business.
Despite the chaos of the pandemic, Pargreen has taken advantage of certain opportunities, such as learning new communication tools, trust building with new clients and resiliency. The company is extremely proud to have long-standing customers as well as experienced, expert field technicians who have been with them for decades. In fact, Pargreen’s water and process professionals are highly trained, with an average of 20-years of industry experience each. The company wants people on its team who have mechanical aptitude and an understanding of the special needs of the industrial clientele and water system contractors.
Pargreen principals foresee the increasing application of new technology to continue efforts in water conservation moving forward. They anticipate the increased awareness of these issues among the new generation of clients and will continue to learn and grow within the changing industry.