Hydro Dynamics recognized for repeatedly expanding business to new countries
The repeated expansion of their business into countries around the world earned Rome-based Hydro Dynamics a new recognition by the state.
As one of two companies recognized by the Georgia Department of Economic Development for not only expanding but consistently opening new markets, Hydro Dynamics netted the newly created Global Grit award.
The award is for companies that have earned five consecutive GLOBE awards from the state. Hydro Dynamics is one recipient and Richland Distilling Co. in Stewart County is the other.
“During 2020, Georgia for the first time became a top 10 exporting state — a major recognition that would not have been possible without companies like our GLOBE Award winners,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson in a press release. “In a year unlike any other, these Georgia companies adapted and diversified.”
The company developed a breakthrough technology for processing industrial fluids. Its applications range from the brewing and distilling of alcoholic beverages to biofuels, petroleum, and chemistry.
This year’s award came after a contract with a rum company located in Seychelles, off the eastern coast of Africa. Takamaka Rum is distilled, aged, and blended at the Trois Frères Distillery, on the main island of Mahé.
“A lot of times if you add hops, one-third or so go to flavor and the others go to waste,” Doug Mancosky, the chief science officer at Hydro Dynamics, told the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority board this week.
Hydro Dynamics Inc. founder Kelly Hudson told the authority board members that seeking international markets began as a necessity during the recession but has worked out well.
“We’re on six of seven continents now. I don’t hold out a lot of hope for Antarctica,” Mancosky said. “It’s not something we strived for, it’s just something that happened, but exports have become a vital part of business now.”
The authority recognized the company’s efforts and contributions locally.
“It’s good to watch your business grow. Thank you for growing here in Rome and Floyd County,” RFCDA President Jimmy Byars told Hudson and Mancosky.