After several years of investments in sophisticated design and construction of the most recent extension phase housing its new Bio-Circle facility, the entire 92,000 sq. ft Walter Surface Technologies International campus in Montreal (Pointe-Claire, Qc) is now complete. Construction of this campus represents an investment exceeding $30 million.
The campus serves as the overall international headquarters for the Walter Company, encompassing corporate management, R&D, laboratories, product management, test centers, marketing, sales, warehousing, distribution, and after sales service. The new Bio-Circle complex contains a high-tech bottling plant where production capabilities are increased tenfold. Some of key features of the new LEED-Gold certified Walter campus are as follows: optimized storage facilities with carefully managed humidity for sensitive products to ensure quality; energy efficiency with 49 wells running 500 feet deep to capture geo-thermal energy that keeps the entire facility comfortable all-year round; special windows that contribute to overall temperature control; controlled water temperature in all rooms, including washrooms and the cafeteria; sophisticated air filtering systems which clean the air before it is released into the atmosphere; and neutralization of chemical effluents before they enter the municipal sewage system.
“The new campus is a major asset for our future growth,” said Pierre Somers, chairman and CEO of Walter Surface Technologies International, addressing several hundred guests who attended the opening on Aug. 22. “Now, we have the automation, the processes, and the facility to help us execute our core value of delivering products and solutions that help our customers work better. Today, this focus on ‘making green work’ is leading to the development of environmentally helpful initiatives which are increasingly welcome in our industry."
More than 300 guests, including some of Montreal’s top business leaders and key metalworking industry executives, were on hand for the official inauguration of the entire campus with a focus on the new Bio-Circle state-of-the-art production facility. Tours were conducted by members of the Walter team which provided close-up views of products at work.
About Walter Surface Technologies
Walter Surface Technologies has grown as a leader in surface treatment technologies for more than 60 years, providing high-productivity abrasives, power tools, tooling, chemical tools and BIO-CIRCLE branded environmental solutions for the metal working industry. Founded in Montreal in 1952, the company is now established in seven countries throughout North America, South America and Europe. The International headquarters is sited in Montreal and U.S. headquarters is located in Windsor, Conn. Key certification and awards include ISO 9001: 2008, Wall Street Journal Award; Deutscher Material Preiz; American Eagle Award; CleanTech Cleaning Technology Award.
For more information, please visit www.walter.com.