A. O. Smith chairman makes donation to Global Water Center


Milwaukee, Wis.—The board room at Milwaukee’s newly opened Global Water Center has been named the Paul and Pat Jones Board Room following a personal donation made by A. O. Smith Executive Chairman Paul Jones and his wife, Patricia.

The announcement was made last week by Water Council President and Chief Executive Officer Dean Amhaus during the celebration marking the grand opening of the 98,000 square foot Global Water Center in Milwaukee.

The board room, with capacity for 16 people, is open to tenants of the Global Water Center and other members of the 116-member Water Council.

The Global Water Center is a collaborative business and academic research facility located in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood, near downtown. Originally built in 1906, the seven-story warehouse loft has been renovated to house water-related technology development facilities for universities, existing water-related companies and act as an accelerator space for new, emerging water technology companies.

The facility features common area amenities in addition to the board room, including a 45-person lecture hall, exhibition space for new prototypes, and high-tech, shared core facilities such as a state-of-the-art water flow lab.

A. O. Smith, one of the founding Water Council organizations, will have a first-floor reliability lab in the GWC to test alternative water treatment technologies and devices from around the world. The lab will enable A. O. Smith engineers to simulate local water conditions from various countries and to measure a new technology’s ability to filter a variety of non-organic contaminants such as metals and chemical compounds.

Jones is one of the founders and the co-chair of the Water Council, a non-profit organization focused on aligning the region’s freshwater research community and water-related industries to develop Milwaukee into a World Water Hub for research, economic development and education.