YSI Incorporated, Yellow Springs, Ohio, has acquired the assets of
SonTek, Inc., San Diego, California, and has formed a new company that will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of YSI. SonTek/YSI will complement the existing YSI water testing and monitoring product line.
SonTek/YSI, founded in 1992 with the goal of producing high-quality Doppler current meters, will be part of YSI Environmental, headed by Gayle Rominger, Sr. Vice President and General Manager. YSI Environmental has a worldwide reputation as a leader in the measurement and monitoring of water quality parameters, particularly dissolved oxygen which is necessary for the survival of plant and animal life in water. SonTek is considered a world leader for water velocity measurement.
"With this acquisition we now have a powerful and strategic combination of capabilities in both water quality and water quantity," says Malte vonMatthiessen, YSI Chairperson and CEO. "Both our companies have achieved significant prominence in our respective marketplaces; we have combined the two fastest growing companies in the water quality and water velocity markets." He adds that, "The natural resources market presents a worldwide opportunity, and YSI and SonTek, together, have the ability to revolutionize this global market."
According to SonTek CEO Ramon Cabrera, "Not only can YSI and SonTek collaborate in the area of sales and distribution, but there are exciting opportunities for joint product research and development." vonMatthiessen expresses his delight at Cabrera's willingness to stay on with SonTek and states that "Ramon is vital to the continued success of this business, and we are fortunate that he has agreed to continue to lend his technical and market expertiseas well as his visionto this newly-formed enterprise."
Ms. Rominger comments that, "The SonTek engineering team has a lot of cumulative experience working with Doppler current meter technology and the scientific personnel have backgrounds in fields including oceanography, coastal engineering, hydrology, and hydraulics." When asked why this is important, she states, "The ability to measure both the quality and flow rates of water is critical to measurements such as TMDL [Total Maximum Daily Loading]. It is necessary to know the flow rate of a body of water in order to determine the nutrient loading."