A. O. Smith joins with Water Council to foster water technology start-ups


Milwaukee, Wis.—A. O. Smith Corporation is one of three Milwaukee-area companies involved in the expansion of the Water Council’s Business, Research, Entrepreneurship in Wisconsin (BREW) water technology accelerator program.

The Water Council has committed to helping 75 new start-ups launch their ideas into successful businesses over the next five years. The announcement was made as part of last week’s first-ever White House Water Summit held in Conjunction with the United Nations World Water Day. The White House included the Water Council, City of Milwaukee, Alliance for Water Stewardship-North America, and ThinkWater in its fact sheet highlighting the commitments made by more than 150 organizations across the U.S.

“It has become increasingly important to develop and implement innovative, long-term strategies to ensure access to fresh water for all Americans, when and where it is needed,” according to Dean Amhaus, president and chief executive officer of the Water Council.

A. O. Smith is joining with Rexnord Corporation of Milwaukee and Veolia Water Milwaukee in the BREW program accelerator program. The BREW was initiated in 2013 and features mentorship opportunities and an intensive six-month strategic training program. Applications for the current round of up to six new BREW participants are being accepted until April 16.