Advanced Rehabilitaion Technology
Advanced Rehabilitaion Technology

Advanced Rehabilitaion Technology

Diamond Associate Member Spotlight

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (ART) has become synonymous with excellence in rehabilitating municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems. Established in 2007, ART has carved a niche in providing cost-effective and long-lasting solutions by utilizing chemical coatings and high-performance solutions for water, wastewater, stormwater, and industrial waste containment structures. They embody the essence of small-town values while significantly impacting the rural communities they serve, making a real difference in people's lives.
If you've attended one of our conferences or events, you've had the pleasure of meeting Derrick Short, ART's Sales Manager. Derrick is known for his friendly demeanor and inviting booth, which often features enticing beef jerky. But Derrick is more than just a face at a conference. He's the boots on the ground who will visit your town to help you solve a problem or even swing by with lunch to check in on your team. Short sat down with the Alliance to share what he does and, more importantly, why ART has chosen to be a Diamond Associate Member of the Alliance.
"Advanced Rehabilitation Technology does chemical coatings and high-performance coatings on water, wastewater, stormwater, and industrial waste secondary containment structures," shares Derrick Short, Sales Manager at ART. ART utilizes UL-certified NSF/ANSI 61 polyurea coatings to repair potable water systems, including storage tanks, distribution lines, aqueducts, and treatment plants called Ovac, ensuring the durability and reliability of its projects. The process involves meticulous planning, thorough preparation, and precise application, all to guarantee the highest quality results. "We line about 5,500 manholes a year and 200 lift stations a year, all using high-performance polyurea coatings," added Short.
In Indiana, ART is predominantly engaged in sanitary projects. "Most of the projects we take on are manholes, wet wells, and catch basins," explains Short. "We also do some water filters, detention tanks, clear wells, and things like that."
One noteworthy project ART recently undertook was coating the Atlanta, Indiana, water treatment plant's aeration water tank and detention tank, emphasizing its capabilities in the field. "Recently, we coated sandblast and uncoated the Atlanta Indiana aeration water tank and the detention tank and media filters at the Atlanta Indiana water treatment plant, which is a pretty cool project," shares Short. What made this project particularly exceptional was its focus on drinking water. "We have no PFAS in our coatings so that we can do more work on the water treatment side," elaborates Short. "This unique feature of our coatings makes them a superior option for drinking water projects. It sets us apart from our competitors, giving our clients a more informed choice and a clear competitive advantage."
"Our commitment to quality is unwavering. Despite being a small-town company, we deliver results that exceed expectations," continued Short. Indeed, the quality of the products and workmanship that ART offers have become a hallmark of its services.
Its people-first approach and tireless commitment to building lasting relationships are the root of ART's success. ”Our team, a tight-knit family, is the backbone of our operations. Their expertise and dedication ensure that every project we undertake is of the highest quality. Good leadership, good bosses. The company takes excellent care of its people from top to bottom,” adds Short, highlighting its commitment to the team and its clients. This commitment extends beyond completing a project as we strive to foster long-term partnerships with our clients, ensuring their ongoing success and satisfaction.
ART remains anchored in its small-town origins, focusing on its core values and close-knit community. "Most people only understand that once they become an existing customer and work with us more than once." Shorted stressed the necessity of maintaining genuine relationships with their clients. "Our business thrives on real relationships—relationships that transcend mere transactions and continue throughout the years," emphasizes Short. Indeed, the longevity of their partnerships speaks volumes about the trust and mutual respect shared between ART and its clients. With some relationships spanning over 18 years, ART's commitment to fostering enduring connections is matchless.
Short is the face of ART and attends all the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water events. This includes attending conferences and putting on educational demonstrations at the Operator Expos, which reinforces their dedication to fostering meaningful connections. When asked which event was his favorite, Short answered without hesitation that it was the Spring Conference in French Lick, Indiana. "I've not been to a show where I had an opportunity to meet this many customers at one time," Short says. "It is the best way to interact with the Alliance," he adds, emphasizing the value of these interactions. ART also co-sponsors one of the year's best parties at the Spring Conference. This hospitality event allows attendees and vendors to network and create meaningful connections at AIRW's biggest conference of the year while staying true to one of the Alliance's core values…having fun.
ART consistently champions the importance of genuine relationships within the vibrant world of conferences and events. "Our big message is about the real connections we cultivate within the industry. It's not just about business; it's about forging meaningful bonds that stand the test".
As ART continues to expand its presence and influence in wastewater rehabilitation, its dedication to quality, authenticity, and community remains unyielding. With each project, they leave an indelible mark on infrastructure and relationships, embodying the spirit of small-town values while making a significant impact on a national scale.

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