Summer Sale Extended! Get unlimited digital access for 13 weeks for $13.
Readers Respond
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 © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Investors still have opportunities

    Investors still have opportunities

    There's an often overlooked advantage that some investors have in turbulent markets ("The Dow's wild ride," Aug. 24). People who invest for retirement through a 401(k) depend on their employers to make prudent decisions — especially negotiating fees and selecting a 401(k) administrator that gives...

  • Biden faces long odds

    Biden faces long odds

    As Vice President Joe Biden contemplates a run for the presidency in 2016, he might do well to look at the history of vice presidents ascending to the presidency ("Run, Joe, run," Aug. 25).

  • 'Profiling' is standard police practice

    'Profiling' is standard police practice

    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says he will take steps to ensure that police do not engage in racial profiling ("Amid national law enforcement debate, Md. attorney general condemns police profiling," Aug. 25).

  • City should have zero tolerance for dirt-bikes

    City should have zero tolerance for dirt-bikes

    What is wrong with the city's dirt bike riders? Their bikes are illegal on public roads because they don't conform to DMV codes and regulations ("As dirt bikers play cat-and-mouse game with Baltimore police, officials seek a lasting solution," Aug. 25).

  • Laptops for crumbling schools

    Laptops for crumbling schools

    While the push to provide laptop computers to Baltimore County students offers an excellent educational opportunity, it would be wise for the school system to also evaluate the failing facilities that cannot support such a goal ("School systems open with stronger links to technology," Aug. 24).

  • City values trash cans more than schools

    City values trash cans more than schools

    I find it hard to believe that Baltimore City can find money to purchase trash cans for its citizens (which should be a private purchase) but not money to hire public school principals ("City schools CEO clashes with council over principal vacancies, budget," Aug. 24).

Comments
Loading
63°