Become a digitalPLUS subscriber. 99¢ for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

O'Malley's trade mission to Brazil a boon for Md. businesses [Letter]

We commend Gov. Martin O'Malley for his recent trade mission to Brazil ("Between Obamacare and BGF, a rough year for O'Malley," Dec. 12).

The mission was an invaluable opportunity for Columbia Technologies, BEACON Environmental Services and the rest of the delegation to meet face to face with government officials, business executives and other decision makers in one of the world's largest economies.

BEACON, based in Bel Air, delivers highly accurate and reliable analysis of soil, gas and air samples. Columbia Technologies, of Baltimore, provides innovative data collection, analyses, visualization, mapping and tracking tools for soil and groundwater contamination. Together, we have collaborated on projects in Brazil, employing advanced technologies and expertise to assist with the successful characterization of challenging sites with significant environmental contamination.

During the mission, we furthered discussions with local companies on additional opportunities for collaboration. Columbia Technologies announced the establishment of a Brazilian subsidiary. BEACON discussed establishing a distributorship with a partner of Columbia in Sao Paulo. While in Rio de Janeiro, BEACON met with and finalized a long-term distributorship agreement with GEOAMBIENTE, a preferred contractor to the multinational energy company Petrobras. GEOAMBIENTE seeks to provide technology innovation to the Brazilian market by offering the most advanced solutions in environmental risk assessment and remediation.

Today, we face competition around the world. But our global economy also presents us with incredible international opportunities to find new partners and new markets. The governor's trade mission opened new doors for us in Brazil and will lead to a stronger BEACON and Columbia Technologies here in Maryland.

Harry O'Neill and John Sohl

The writers are president and CEO, respectively, of Beacon Environmental Services and Columbia Technologies.

-
To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com. Please include your name and contact information.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Revisit 'old-school' police programs
    Revisit 'old-school' police programs

    The recent influx of citizen unrest due to a rash of officer-related homicides has left the American citizenry skeptical of the greater good police departments bring to communities nationwide, especially that of traditionally violent neighborhoods that tend to have a majority of minority...

  • Torture can never be justified
    Torture can never be justified

    The Senate report's summary of the "enhanced interrogation" techniques the CIA used on terrorist detainees after 9/11 reads like something from a horror novel ("CIA strikes back after Senate torture report," Dec....

  • Obama is right on Cuba
    Obama is right on Cuba

    Bravo to President Barack Obama for undertaking the normalization of relations with Cuba ("Cuba releases Alan Gross; White House announces plans to re-establish diplomatic relations with Havana," Dec. 17).

  • Cuba and North Korea
    Cuba and North Korea

    President Barack Obama has done what's been needed for decades — changing our policies toward Cuba ("Cuba policy draws critics, new battles on Capitol Hill," Dec. 17). Now, what about North Korea? Burying your head in sand over "undemocratic regimes" is dangerous. It's time for us to...

  • Why a sweet tooth can make you sick
    Why a sweet tooth can make you sick

    Thanks for running Barbara Sadick's article "Scientific team sounds the alarm on sugar as a source of disease" (Dec. 5).

  • Rodricks wrong on bay pollution
    Rodricks wrong on bay pollution

    It is time for those writing for The Sun's editorial pages to check their facts. Columnist Dan Rodricks writes that poultry farmers are allowing their chicken manure to run into the Chesapeake Bay ("Larry Hogan has a chance to be a green governor," Dec. 13.

Comments
Loading