Meeting The Challenge Of Post Katrina Expansion: Sweden And Mississippi Businesses Working Together

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In the midst of the gulf coast post-Katrina rebuilding effort, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and RespirTek, Inc have expanded a marketing plan to broadcast internationally a testing service offered by RespirTek. With increasing pressure for environmentally friendly, biodegradable products, RespirTek, through IEDC, has also teamed with the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (SACC) for greater exposure in the international community. The company specializes in biodegradability testing for compliance with ASTM, EPA, ISO, and OECD definitions. Many countries, especially within Europe are now requiring certification that products are biodegradable. RespirTek is providing those services. With today's markets pushing to become more and more "Green", the company's services are catching the eye of national and international businesses and organizations.

I am thrilled to work with this high-tech company in showcasing its expertise to the outside world. RespirTek is a prime example of an outstanding business that was inconvenienced by Katrina, but not derailed. With the worldwide emphasis today on

The International Economic Development Council and RespirTek, Inc. has partnered via IEDC's Economic Recovery Volunteer Program. This program deploys member professionals to assist business impacted by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Volunteers provide technical assistance to EDO's, Chambers of Commerce, and businesses. RespirTek is an ELAP Certified environmental consulting laboratory specializing in commercial testing and analysis. The company, which is headquartered in Biloxi, Mississippi, concentrates in biodegradability testing; compliance with ASTM, EPA, ISO, and OECD definitions; product testing to determine if there is a reasonable chance for the product/packaging to achieve desired results; and compostability. RespirTek's website…http://www.respirtek.com…provides extensive information regarding the company's capabilities.

Steve Vassallo, President of Swedish/American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (SACC), an expert in international economic development, is also a contributing member of the IEDC. "The primary purpose of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce South Central United States is to enhance and promote trade, commerce, and investment between Scandinavia and the five southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee." In concert with SACC's mission, RespirTek is expanding its international product testing efforts.

Mr. Vassallo, CEcD/EDFP, is a certified economic developer headquartered in Madison, MS who will be assisting the firm. "I am thrilled to work with this high-tech company in showcasing its expertise to the outside world. RespirTek is a prime example of an outstanding business that was inconvenienced by Katrina, but not derailed. With the worldwide emphasis today on "green and environmentally friendly" businesses and products, RespirTek's future is indeed bright." Vassallo will be helping the company in formulating an expanded marketing plan, which will encompass international targets as well as domestic ones.

BJ Hook is Technical Director and CEO of RespirTek, Inc. "We are so excited to have Steve's expertise and connections as a part of our Team. With his guidance we are anticipating an incredible boost into the national and international effort toward safeguarding our environment while assisting our client businesses in developing products that are environmentally friendly."

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