Eco-Conscious Disinfectant Startup Launches Headquarters in San Marcos
The Greater San Marcos region has been a hotbed of innovation in Central Texas for a while, thanks in large part to Texas State University and the region’s location along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. Economic development officials from the region have known this and now others are taking notice. One such person who discovered the opportunities available in San Marcos and the surrounding area is Rayne Guest, founder and CEO of R-Water, LLC, the startup that is revolutionizing the disinfectant industry.
R-Water, LLC produces the world’s most effective and safest wide spectrum disinfectant (hypochlorous acid) and degreaser/cleaner (sodium hydroxide) using only water, salt, and electricity. These EPA and FDA approved solutions displace the need for harsh and/or hazardous chemicals used in ever day cleaning and food handling. R-Water, LLC equipment reduces cost, eliminates the need for chemical transport, storage, mixing, and disposal of used containers.
Now, after nearly six years of due diligence, R-Water, LLC is hitting the market and ready to fully launch sales from their headquarters right here in San Marcos, TX, at 2061 Clovis Barker Road 4B.
“I had been beta-testing our technology with the city of Los Angeles and knew California wasn’t a good place to set up manufacturing. Although I’d never been, I had my eyes on Texas: no income tax, central location, business friendly,” said Guest.
In July of 2012, while Guest was still located in Los Angeles, she was on a Southwest Airlines flight to Houston and sat next to former Texas Governor Mark White and his wife Linda. During their conversation, the former Governor mentioned that he’d heard Guest was “green, saved people money, and would help preserve water and water quality.” The former Governor said, “Young lady, you belong in Texas.” He offered to make a few introductions to leaders involved in economic development such as Pike Powers, located in Austin and Walter Ulrich, head of a small business incubator in Houston.
“After doing research on the areas, my sights turned to San Marcos. One of the first calls I made was to the Greater San Marcos Partnership. I’d lived in Los Angeles for 12 years and seen how much red tape was thrown around. Calling an organization that answered the phone by saying ‘how may we help you’ was beyond refreshing” said Guest.
The GSMP staff has provided valuable contacts, recommendations on resource utilization, and marketing assistance as R-Water, LLC moved to announce their sales availability. About working with GSMP, Guest remarked:
“Every time you talk with someone at the GSMP, they immediately start brainstorming ways to help. The GSMP staff has gone above and beyond for us, provided valuable contacts, recommendations on resource utilization, and marketing assistance.”
“When Rayne approached the Partnership about kicking off her operations in San Marcos, we knew this had huge potential for our region,'” said Adriana Cruz, President of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. “Her innovative product will change the way that hospitals, hotels, and many other facilities disinfect their space in an eco-friendly and cost-effective manner. R-Water, LLC will not only create jobs and investment for San Marcos but as the company increases sales out-of-market, they will bring awareness to the assets we have to offer.”
In addition, programs developed by Texas State University such as STAR Park and the Material Sciences, Engineering and Commercialization lab made an impression on Guest. Texas State University graduates have in fact been a part of R-Water’s product development.
“After doing research on the areas, my sights turned to San Marcos. Texas State University had impressive engineering departments that the school was focused on growing through programs such as STAR Park and the Material Sciences, Engineering and Commercialization lab,” Guest added.
So what does the future hold for R-Water, LLC? Guest is working to implement R-Water, LLC’s technology in public facilities such as schools, hospitals, hotels, large office buildings so the company can continue hiring talented individuals from the area to help grow their North America Headquarter in San Marcos. She will continue to develop various types of equipment using their scalable technology.
Since January 5th, R-Water has hired 5 new team members with more scheduled to join in March. R-Water, LLC products are certified for safety in accordance with UL requirements and EPA laboratories have verified solution efficacy. For more information about R-Water, LLC, visit www.R-Water.com.
“San Marcos is our North America Headquarters,” said Guest. “Everywhere we go, people thank us for creating jobs and doing something good for their health and our environment. Right now we have 12 people working with us in-house. That number could easily quadruple this year.”
Businesses existing in the city of San Marcos, Hays County and Caldwell County can learn more about small business and entrepreneur resources in the area by contacting Victor Garza, Director of Business Retention & Expansion, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Partnership is always seeking input from local businesses. Business owners are encouraged to take the Partnership’s Business Retention and Expansion Digital Survey at http://svy.mk/1wauagy.
About the Greater San Marcos Partnership
The Greater San Marcos Partnership (GSMP) is the formal 501(c)6 regional economic development corporation serving Hays and Caldwell Counties focused on directing quality future growth and positioning the region for a wider diversity of industry jobs for all with higher wages. The GSMP mission is to promote sustainable, responsible and comprehensive economic development in the greater San Marcos region by implementing a five-year economic development strategic plan. Visit greatersanmarcostx.com for more.
R-Water, LLC manufacturers a patented electrochemical generation and delivery system, the TC-230, which produces the world’s most effective and safest wide spectrum disinfectant and a multi-surface cleaner/degreaser using only water, salt, and electricity. These EPA and FDA approved solutions displace the need for harsh and hazardous chemicals used in every day cleaning and food handling. TC-230 equipment improves health and safety for employees, reduces cost, eliminates the need for chemical transport, storage, mixing, and disposal of used containers. The hospital grade disinfectant kills harmful pathogens in 1/10th the time it takes the average hospital grade disinfectant in the market today. R-Water recently had the solution tested against norovirus, which is a virus more difficult to kill than Ebola. R-Water’s solution killed 99.82% in less than 1 minute and has been approved according to OSHA’s standards for use against blood borne pathogens.