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WIRE-Net Member has had Twenty Five Hazardous Years

Posted by Rob Felber on Mar 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Compliance Technologies, Inc., WIRE-Net Member Since 2005

Compliance Technologies, Inc. (CTI) was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in May of 1990 by Stephen Kovatch. CTI's initial focus was as a leader in handling hazardous waste treatment, regulatory compliance and remediation.

Mr. Kovatch had previously worked at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) andCTI25Logo the hazardous waste industry. CTI developed customer waste management programs, including waste evaluations, disposal facility selection, and transportation. Soon after, customers began asking about waste program audits, contingency plan preparation, site inspections, and employee training. A native Clevelander, Steve was introduced to business very early, watching his father establish a small business manufacturing small engine parts in the St. Clair neighborhood in the late 1930s.

Mr. Kovatch's work for Ohio EPA's local air pollution division and then in private business as a manager for a hazardous waste treatment facility during the 80s offered a unique perspective of the expansive regulations, their effect on manufacturing and how to consult businesses in dealing with these regulations and regulators. CTI's growth was immediate on the environmental side of the business due to the newness of regulations and lack of experienced consultants available to provide solutions in the key areas of air, water, waste, and remediation.

The sheer volume of the regulations is overwhelming to many small businesses, and CTI's assessment gives them a starting point. "We recognized the immediate need for these services as our clients were requesting help on a daily basis," comments Steve Kovatch, principal. "We provide an initial assessment tool to new clients to provide them with a clear checklist of the regulations that affect their specific facility and where they are in regard to compliance with those regulations."


WIRE-Net has been a great help to CTI, as environmental consultants often see their work as a direct correlation to the success of area manufacturers. WIRE-Net's networking provides its members with the opportunity to assist these manufacturing members with answering and solving their regulatory, environmental, health and safety concerns. CTI associates participate in the Lunch 'n' Learns and the member factory tours on a regular basis. These WIRE-Net events provide CTI the opportunity to meet other WIRE-Net members and discuss opportunities for both that business and CTI. "One of our favorite memories and staff experiences was having Anne Schaum, WIRE-Net Administrative Director, assist our associates with starting our CTI newsletter. While we know regulations, we were sorely lacking in understanding software applications in marketing communications. T.J. McGowan, Manager, Employment Services, has also helped us with our networking endeavors with other WIRE-Net members," added Mr. Kovatch. CTI certainly has not 'wasted' their time using WIRE-Net to their full potential.

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