No matter the application, treating wastewater is often like solving an intricate puzzle. Getting all the pieces to fit together takes the right combination of knowledge, experience, and having cold, hard data by your side.
With two decades of experience in water and wastewater treatment, Luke Mickelson brings his positive energy and industry knowledge when serving his Biotifx® customers. We’re so proud to have such a force on our team!
1. What drew you to Microbial Discovery Group (MDG)?
I believed that there was a better way to handle common wastewater problems. MDG is unique when it comes to offering a solution and I knew back then that I wanted to
We’ve heard it time and time again, "Does this stuff really work"? This sparked an idea. Why don’t we help our partners eliminate any doubt upfront by sharing in-field results? Better yet, let’s demonstrate how easy it can be for them to create their own. After all, seeing is believing!
Through years of successful treatment and having now created 40+ case studies, our distribution partners have proven that these studies are the best
Lift stations are commonly used as a part of operations across a variety of different industries. While they are extremely useful, they can be difficult to maintain when not cared for properly. At Microbial Discovery Group (MDG), we have spent countless hours in the field with our partners, reviewing their customer's maintenance challenges, and looking for new ways to innovate. As a result, we were inspired to create a comprehensive approach to
Lagoons and ponds have been used for treating wastewater for over 3,000 years. Today there are over 8,000 wastewater treatment lagoons in operation within the United States. One appeal to using lagoons is that they generally require less energy than other treatment systems and have lower operation and maintenance costs. That being said, proper performance still requires some form of ongoing maintenance and upkeep. At Microbial Discovery Group
Through the wastewater treatment process, there are components left over that are separated from the liquid phase. This collection of leftovers is referred to as sludge, which is then further treated within tanks. At Microbial Discovery Group (MDG), we have explored the process of treating sludge within sludge tanks and have designed our Biotifx® products and program to assist with this treatment and ongoing maintenance. As a first step when we
In a story as old as time, a new product comes to market, fails to make an impact, then fizzles out. Now, in talking with our customers, what we have learned is that some of the new “ground-breaking” solutions just end up causing more headaches than they’re worth. So, when the time came to expand our biological product offerings within the wastewater market, we sought to rewrite that story and began the process of developing our
I was recently asked the WHY behind our current expansion. When I started to break it down, there were 4 key drivers that went into the new MDG facility design:
Reliability via redundancy
Production of 50+ strains
The expanding Bacillus market
Capacity expansion. This is the no-brainer for expanding. MDG was reaching 75% of our capacity, so we either had to expand or recognize there would be a future cap
After experiencing the in-field affects that Biotifx™ products have on odor reduction; it is easy to understand that these products can reduce hydrogen sulfide and odor levels in a variety of industrial applications. The common question following that understanding is: how? Although Bacillus work in similar ways when it comes to pet odors, landfill odor, and drain odors, let’s focus on the process of odor removal within wastewater
My name is Ardean Veldkamp, business development manager at Microbial Discovery Group (MDG). I joined MDG in 2013 and have been working in the biotech industry for over 25 years.
In late 2015, MDG launched the Biotifx™ Platform to the wastewater market. The Biotifx™ Platform is a product and program approach that not only includes access to proven products, but also MDG's research, education, and ongoing technical support. Since the