of EarthWorks Environmental as a company go back to 1995 when company
founder, Jonathan Brewer, began research and development activities focused on the
realization that a reliable and cost efficient ex-situ remediation
process did not exist. Further realization was that the
primary competitive technology, as is true today, is the unsustainable
process of contaminated soil landfilling.
The Matrix Enhanced Treatment System
or “METS” is the result of those R & D activities which was a
“clean sheet” design process and has remained the primary focus of
the company . METS has proven to be a revolutionary system for
remediation of contaminated soils that for the first time brings
“better, faster, cheaper” to environmental cleanup. The concepts
underlying METS were discovered in the late 1980’s and mid 1990’s as a result of a
systematic analysis of the causes behind the general unreliability and
widespread failure of most environmental remediation technologies.
In 1998, EarthWorks employed for the
first time a material handling and chemical blending system combination
for conceptual application. While the overall project did not meet
EarthWorks efficiency projections, the broad concept of EarthWorks hypothesis was substantially
proven by ultimately cleaning the soil to non-detect.
EarthWorks Environmental was
incorporated on July 7th, 1998, for the purpose of commercializing the
new METS process. EarthWorks began final development of the METS
concept by undertaking several compensated commercial field tests to
prove both design and economics. After successful completion at 3
secure commercial sites, the METS process was able to meet or exceed
remedial goals and financial/profit margin goals as well.
In 1999 EarthWorks withdrew the METS
equipment and process from any potential public domain exposure while
completing evaluation of the R & D design project data gathered.
EarthWorks applied for a US Patent of the METS process on behalf of the
inventor which was granted on July 23rd, 2002.
In 2003, EarthWorks was presented with a viable $10 million
dollar buyout offer, which after careful consideration proved not in the
best interest of the technology. In 2005 EarthWorks moved ahead to
produce units on a commercial OEM basis at our new facility in
Clearwater, Florida .
EarthWorks has completed design and
manufacture of 4 production classes of equipment and self funded a broad
range of additional research activities which are now
substantially complete, to bring the system to where it is today, having
the ability to treat over 150 separate contaminants in soil using both
bio and chemical reagents.
While still a very small company, we
now have 19 METS units working on 4 continents purely from word of mouth
recommendation. It is our goal in 2019 to produce 4 operating
units and attain our 5th continent.
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2019, all systems are now in place for the METS process to finally be
available as a “turn key” opportunity to qualifying Licensees.
EarthWorks Environmental is providing the equipment, tech licenses,
supplies, training and support of the METS technology as a growing
business and information collaborative to benefit the METS Licensee
It is our goal to have 27 METS
Licensees in full operation by the end of 2020. Our current focus
has been overseas with exports to Canada, Peru, South Korea, Northern
Ireland, Mexico where aggressive markets and process requirements are
the most demanding. EarthWorks is currently offering individual
METS Licenses on a limited release basis in the continental US.
Our most recent placements have been in California, England and here in
We are assisting our Mexico City METS Licensee in the remediation of
40,000 cubic meters of soil at the PeMex 18 de Marzo Refinery site.
Additionally we have shipped a
prototype WESTAR unit to Venezuela and a mobile WESTAR unit to Texas 1st quarter 2013.
At present, our goal is to provide
referral projects to our licensees as acceptance of the METS technology
becomes more widespread. EarthWorks will treat soil on a limited
basis of varying soil type and contaminant type in efforts to broaden
our knowledge and where a METS Licensee is not currently available.
Our business focus has shifted this last year to full
scale product manufacturing and support of the Matrix Enhanced Treatment System
and METS Licensees.
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goals are directly tied to the success of our METS Licensees. We will
continue to fully support Licensee activities as they grow their
business and expand opportunities and markets. While EarthWorks today
is a small business, we have been fortunate to leverage and or contract
with other firms to complete and supply key elements of our product. We
are not constrained by our own limitations nor manufacturing operation, we
will continue to bring the best pricing and products to those we
support, the METS Licensee.
The future growth of EarthWorks, as in
all businesses, is limited by financial constraints to expansion.
Currently EarthWorks has no long term debt but is possibly in the market
for $ 1 million dollars in short term equity financing for market growth.
Additionally, our more moderate term
goal of 3 to 5 years is seeking financing of $3mm to $5mm for technology
M&A activities, International
expansion and a potential IPO.
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