Alken-Murray Corp.

Alken-Murray Corporation was founded in 1934 by Alfred Edwards and his sons Kenneth J. Edwards, Sr. and Murry G. Edwards, as a manufacturer of chemicals for industrial water and fuel treatments. In the highly competitive water treatment industry, where everyone is working with the same basic chemicals, this company quickly recognized that innovation and custom tailored treatment programs were keys to success.

Although its original emphasis was fuel treatments and industrial chemical water treatment, Kenneth J. Edwards, Sr. had the foresight to discern that harnessing nature to clean the environment with safe and natural bacteria would expand beyond the millennium. In recent years the business for the microbial products has expanded until it now represents 70% of the business, while the original chemical business has receded to 5% of the company's income.

Current company President and CEO, Valerie Anne Edwards was always labeled either a visionary or an eccentric, depending on the viewpoint of the observer. Miss Edwards grew up on a Thoroughbred racehorse farm and saw all aspects of life as part of a continuous process with astonishing interconnections. At age 13, she began a small business, breeding American Shorthair cats. By age 17, she was elected a vice-president of the National Breed Club, (they never questioned her age). She won honorable mention in a science fair for her project on the genetics of the silver color in cats, disputing the textbook theories about the origin of this color. Today textbooks on cat genetics agree with her theory about the responsible gene and its dominant behavior. Since 1992, Miss Edwards has been listed in The International Year Book and Statesmen's Who's Who, which is the original and most prestigious of the Who's Who reference works. Miss Edwards is a member of The American Society for Microbiology, Water Environment Federation and The Society for Industrial Microbiology. Miss Edwards earned an A in the summer 2000 UM-BBD Biocatalysis/Biodegradation 5309 class, and her pathway for Propachlor can be viewed.