Walter Louis Fluid Technologies (WLFT) originated in 1968 in Quincy, Illinois. Our founder, Walter J. Giesing, was the Director of Power for Packaging Corporation of America where he was responsible for the design and operation of five paper mill power plants. He developed a unique coking process utilizing “traveling grate stokers", and was recognized for his achievement as a recipient of a Power magazine award in 1962.
Upon his retirement, he established offices in Quincy, IL, and served as a consultant to the power and manufacturing industries with a specialization in water treatment chemical applications and services.
In the mid-1970’s, under the name “Walter Louis Chemicals”, our Quincy facilities manufactured customized water treatment equipment, initially focusing on water softening and filtration processes.Realizing a market niche, we expanded to include deionized water and reverse osmosis, as well as other specialized equipment applications.
As we grew, we expanded our chemical formulation capabilities, which led to the development and manufacture of acrylic polymers, the primary building blocks for a complete line of water and wastewater treatment chemicals for commercial and industrial applications.
In 1987, we underwent a plant expansion at our Quincy manufacturing facility, resulting in the development of a unique process to synthesize organic phosphonates. With these developments, Walter Louis Chemicals could now effectively produce a fully competitive line of water treatment chemicals and chemical feed equipment.
During the 1990’s we once again expanded our manufacturing and technical service departments.Some key features:
-- Modified our product delivery system to include ‘tote-tank” (mini-bulk) and bulk storage capabilities.This reduced our customers’ handling of hazardous chemicals and ensured an economically consistent supply of water treatment products.
-- Upgraded our technical services department to include computer design capabilities. This resulted in a major contract awarded by the U.S. Navy for mobile deionization systems for shore-based support of nuclear warships, followed closely by contracts for two high output reverse osmosis units for industries in the South.
-- Implemented our WLFT “Full Service Program” as a commitment to provide our customers with the highest level of technical services possible, including:
-- On-call service for critical applications [24 hrs/7 day a week]
-- After the sale warranty and service
-- Commitment to ongoing training and education
-- Implementation of technological advancements such as Water Wizard®, predictive modeling software for cooling water scaling potential, corrosion rate, and inhibitor dosing.
Our diversity and attention to customer needs became the cornerstone of our reputation, as evidenced by our growing customer base and our success as manufacturers’ representatives. Our mission statement was, is, and always will be to provide the highest quality products and services at the lowest possible price.
We have built custom-designed reverse osmosis water purification systems for the US Fish & Wildlife Service at Jackson Hole, WY, the boiler plant at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, an RO-based plating recovery system for the Anniston AL Army Ammunition Plant, a pair of twin trailer-mounted high-flow deionizer units for pier-side nuclear ship support, providing Grade-A (nuke purity) water for the ships at Naval Station Everett and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. We supply a portion of the water filtration components for the military's ROWPU mobile water purification units.
Since 1997, WLFT has proudly served the Missouri Department of Corrections as their provider of water treatment products and services.During this period of time, we have made many changes in existing programs and protocols as well as addressing and working within the framework of some mechanical deficiencies that were economically uncorrectable.Further, initially there were some difficult delivery issues that needed to be overcome in order to optimize service
At WERDCC (Vandalia) we were contracted to add 7,000 gallons of propylene glycol into the closed loop for freeze protection in the 21,000-gallon system (33% concentration). However, it was impossible to get the system to drain out more than 5,000 gallons of water.So, we pumped in 5,000 gallons of propylene glycol into the system and allowed it to circulate.Then, at no cost to the DOC, we hired a tanker to haul 2,000 gallons of the 20% concentration to PotosiCorrectionalCenter, where it was used in their closed loop.Simultaneously, the remaining 2,000 gallons of full strength propylene glycol was pumped into the Vandalia system, bringing it up to specifications.
We designed, supplied and maintained the present bulk delivery system at all applicable DOC facilities. Deliveries are now made in a timely fashion adhering to the requirements of each individual facility.
Installed ORP control system at Bonne Terre at no cost and established excellent biological control in the cooling towers. Also, we replaced the cooling tower conductivity control system and softener lead/lag control with HMI interface to the facility PLC that is also capable of controlling boiler lead/lag.
Designed, manufactured, installed and maintained a triplex domestic water softener (90 ft3 per tank) at WRDCC (St. Joseph).
OCC – Fordland – assisted in tracing steam/condensate below grade piping system to locate leaks caused by long-term exposure to environment resulting in severe condensate water losses.
CRCC & WMCC --Cameron – introduced nitrite-based additive (Nitraid) to wastewater holding cell to remediate extreme hydrogen sulfide odor problems. Attended all meetings with DOC and Council personnel (City of Cameron) to resolve odor issues.
MCC- Moberly - Introduction of Bromine biocide at MCC – improved water quality and reduction in chemical handling (improved safety).
SECC – Charleston- assisted in startup during Year One. Provided back-up water quality testing in parallel with first year chemical supplier (Butler Chemicals) to ensure specifications for first year were in compliance.
SCCC – Licking- reconfigured boiler feed system for laundry boiler. Improved chemical feed/boiler blowdown consistency.
FCC – Farmington – created dealkalizer specifications for their consulting engineer for a boiler plant upgrade. Coordinated installation procedure and start-up with onsite mechanical contractor. Conducted site-specific training to FCC personnel responsible for dealkalizer operation.
ACC – Algoa- improved chlorine injection and monitoring system for domestic water supply. Vast improvements in injection process and chemical handling.
CMCC – ‘Church Farm’ –Jefferson City – introduced the application of nitrite based additives and bacterial agents for wastewater lagoon system, resulting in significant improvements in effluent water quality.
PCC – Potosi; coordinated start-up of new cooling tower with onsite mechanical contractor (Lee Mechanical of St. Louis). Attended a series of construction meetings with DOC and Lee to assist in scheduling glycol injection and chiller start-up.
MSP - Jefferson City- In October, 2003 supplied two pumps and injection quills at no cost to facility, and delivered them within 24 hours, along with an emergency 3-drum supply of sodium hypochlorite.
JCCC- Jefferson City- With only twenty-four hour notice, photographed and inspected new boilers and made recommendations for caustic boil out.
For a number of years, WLFT served the University of Missouri Hospitals system as contract supplier of water treatment products and services at their various locations throughout the state.During that period of time we made the following improvements, listed by facility:
CRH – Columbia Regional Hospital
Centralized testing station and reagent storage (safer storage of chemical reagents, group training on sampling techniques, record-keeping)
Introduced bromine to biocide program. Significant improvement in water quality, bacterial control and corrosion rates.
Coordinated with onsite contractor (Officer Mechanical) during the 2002/2003 HVAC system upgrade – 2 new towers/chillers (2000 Tons). Upgrade involved replacement of cooling tower chemical feed system controls.
Improved “off season” wet lay-up storage procedures for steam boilers that previously were stored wet with low sulfite levels. Introduced Boiler Banking for excellent sulfite and alkalinity control.
Bulk tank chemical storage and feed system installed and improved.
University Hospitals & Clinics
Introduced bromine and bio-dispersant to cooling tower systems, resulting in improved water quality and reduced slime/algae growth.
Centralized testing stations, improved record keeping.
Assisted with design/development and implementation of “real-time” PC assisted chemical monitoring and system controls.
Quarterdeck Education Building
Improved chemical feed and bleed control system.
Conducted operator-training sessions for new employees.
Supervised cooling tower pre-season cleanout procedures.
Mt. Vernon Veteran’s Home & Hospital
Provided extensive training for new HVAC operators with no prior chemical experience.
In addition, all state-supported water treatment programs throughout Illinois are administered by the Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois-Champaign. WLFT has provided boiler, cooling water and closed system inhibitor products to the Illinois State Water Survey for over 20 years. Previous to our association with them, the Water Survey struggled with poor quality products provided by competitive vendors based entirely on low bid evaluations. WLFT has a proven track record of providing uniform quality materials at the lowest possible price and our relationship with the Illinois State Water Survey continues to be strong.