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July 19th, 2012

German laser-cutter opens in Cambridge

SHAW | BOERTIEN is pleased to have represented LaserJob Inc. in the leasing of their new Canadian facility.

CAMBRIDGE — A German company specializing in the manufacture of high-precision laser-cut stencils has opened a facility in Cambridge to service the North American market.

LaserJob Inc. opened its office at 55 Fleming Dr. near Pinebush Road and Franklin Boulevard in November, but did not announce its arrival until recently.

Founded in 1992 and located west of Munich, LaserJob specializes in the production of laser-cut stencils used to attach computer chips to circuit boards in smartphones and other electronic devices, company spokesperson Stefan Kleeman said in an interview.

One of its main customers is Research In Motion, which is one of the reasons it decided to establish an office in the area, he said.

LaserJob works with “very, very precise thin metal foils” and solder paste, Kleeman said. Measurements are calculated in microns — one micron is equal to one-thousandth of a millimetre.

The company’s technology is not labour-intensive, which means it currently employs just one person, a production manager, at the 2,500-square-foot Cambridge facility. But there are plans to hire more people as sales pick up, he said.

LaserJob employs 35 people at its head office in Germany.

On this side of the Atlantic Ocean the company has customers in Canada, the United States and Mexico, said Kleeman, chief executive of LaserJob’s North American operations.

After exploring possible sites in the eastern United States, it was drawn to this area by its strong high-tech sector, proximity to North American markets and six-hour time difference to Germany, he said.

Locating on the west coast would put it nine hours behind Germany, which is more than a working day, Kleeman explained.

The company also provides laser cutting, welding and marking services to the automotive, medical, electronic, environmental and jewelry-design industries.

Luring LaserJob to the region will help bring other advanced-manufacturing companies to the area, said John Jung, chief executive of Canada’s Technology Triangle.

“They build very sophisticated templates,” he said. “They’re a very sophisticated operation.”

This article was written by Chuck Howitt, and published by The Waterloo Region Record on July 19, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 
 

July 5th, 2012

Press Release

Sport Systems Unlimited Corp. to expand, consolidate Waterloo operations

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WATERLOO  (July 3, 2012) – One of southern Ontario’s top real estate teams has announced the completion of the leasing of 554 Parkside Drive in Waterloo to Sport Systems Unlimited Corp., allowing the company to consolidate and expand its manufacturing of leading edge dasher board systems for arenas.

Darren Shaw and Nick Boertien of Whitney & Company Realty Limited confirmed a lease agreement has been completed for the 73,000-square-foot (6,570-square-metre) facility.

“We’re extremely pleased to bring back together our operations and warehousing centres, and grow at this site,” said Adam Pender, CEO of Sport Systems Unlimited. “Our company’s success reflects strong demand for our line of products. This move is needed to help us grow our Waterloo operation with more space, all in one location.”

The company’s growth reflects strong sales of its industry-leading products used in sport facilities around the world, specifically product innovations designed to improve player safety at all levels of play.

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Its SoftCap® system, for example, is an impact-absorbing cap rail used on boards in hockey rinks around the world, and is the only safety cap rail system approved by the National Hockey League and the Kontinental Hockey League. SoftCap® is now installed in half of all NHL rinks and in use in the KHL, NCAA Division 1 schools, and community rinks.

“It’s great to see a local manufacturer expanding and they’re a great success story. They’re clearly a very successful and growing company in Waterloo Region,” Darren Shaw added.

With the new lease in place, Sport Systems Unlimited’s current manufacturing and head office facility at 685 Rupert Street is for sale as operations move to the new location by the end of this year. Darren Shaw and Nick Boertien will be handling the disposition of the Rupert Street building located in City of Waterloo’s Northland Business Park.  Plus additional warehouse space at 518 Dutton Drive is being consolidated on Parkside Drive.

Just last month, John Whitney, who began his real estate career in 1975, announced plans to operate his new firm known as Whitney & Company Realty Limited based in Waterloo. Whitney is also renovating an industrial building at 103 Bauer Pl. in Waterloo to as the company’s new headquarters.

For more information, please contact:

Darren Shaw, SIOR
VP, Client Advisory Services
Sales Representative
Tel:      519 746 6300 x 226
Email:  darren.shaw@whitneyre.com

or

Nick Boertien,
Client Advisory Services,
Sales Representative
Tel:      519-746-6300 x 249
Email:  nick.boertien@whitneyre.com

About Sport Systems Unlimited

 Founder and President Trevor Brodie created Sport Systems Unlimited in 1996, with a simple unique premise: hockey boards can be built in a better way.

Using well-grounded principles of construction that have been utilized for several decades; building up from the concept that flexibility upon impact is what makes dasher boards safer; drawing on the expertise of professional engineers to confirm and prove and physically test their product design, Sport Systems Unlimited brought dasher boards into the 21st century, like no other company in the world.

For 16 years, Sport Systems Unlimited has been designing, manufacturing and installing some of the world’s best dasher board systems for ice and inline hockey, indoor soccer, and other sports and recreational activities. For more information about Sport Systems Unlimited, please visit their website at www.sportsystemscorp.com

About Shaw Boertien

SHAW I BOERTIEN is organized to provide a comprehensive range of brokerage services and value added business advice. The team specializes in the office, industrial, investment and corporate services sectors in Waterloo Region, Guelph and surrounding areas.  For more information about SHAW I BOERTIEN, please visit their website at www.shawboertien.com

About Whitney & Company Realty Limited

 Whitney & Company Realty Limited is a full service real estate company practicing in the mid-western Ontario market.

The Whitney family has a long history providing real estate services. In 1911 Charles Isaac Fenwick Whitney established a real estate firm in Toronto. In 1931 George Whitney opened a Kitchener office called George Whitney Limited. His son Richard joined the firm in 1946 and worked in the commercial real estate and appraisal business.

John Whitney joined the firm in 1975 and the firm became Whitney & Company. The business is wholly owned by John Whitney and he is proud of his family history and years of providing real estate advice and service to his community.  For more information about Whitney & Company Realty Limited, please visit their website at www.whitneyre.com

 

June 14th, 2012

Press Release

Whitney Commercial Real Estate Services named to market former Cambridge Fine Foods plant in southern Ontario

CAMBRIDGE (June 14, 2012) – One of southern Ontario’s top real estate teams has been engaged to sell or lease the former home for Cambridge Fine Foods just south of Highway 401.

Darren Shaw and Nick Boertien of Whitney & Company Realty Limited is marketing the 30,308-square-foot (1,726-square-metre) former food processing facility, located on just over three acres (1.2 hectares) in Cambridge’s Eastern Industrial Park at 416 Franklin Boulevard.

“This is an adaptable facility with extensive infrastructure in place,” said Darren Shaw, Vice President of Whitney. “We’re hoping that given the expertise and focus on food processing in this area, there will be someone eager to put this facility back into production.”

Given the significant infrastructure already in place  including coolers, freezers, heavy power and drains, plus excess land for potential expansion or severance, “a new occupier can be up and going quickly”, added, Nick Boertien.

“We have a very skilled workforce, which is very key here in the Waterloo Region and Guelph area,” added Bill Elliot, Vice President of Business Development for Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc. “Infrastructure in the region is top notch, plus this is a good location to access the total North American marketplace under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).”

Business incentives from the provincial and federal level are available, he said. Also, access to the new Conestoga College Institute for Food Processing Technology (www.ifpt.ca) is a key potential attraction for food companies looking for local support in the area.

“It’s a low-risk business environment with a great quality of life in Waterloo Region,” Elliot said.

Bo Densmore, Director of Economic Development for the City of Cambridge, added that Cambridge is among the fastest growing areas in the country.

“Our strategic location astride Highway 401 in southwestern Ontario makes us an ideal location for ‘Just in Time’ manufacturing and production due our climate and excellent integrated transportation networks,” she said. “Cambridge has a diverse economic base with leading industries in advanced manufacturing, food processing, automotive, high technology, pharmaceutical, business and financial services.”

Details on the listing are available on Whitney’s website at www.whitneyre.com

Just last month, John Whitney, who began his real estate career in 1975, announced plans to operate his new firm known as Whitney & Company Realty Limited based in Waterloo.

Whitney is also renovating an industrial building at 103 Bauer Pl. in Waterloo to as the company’s new headquarters.

For more information, please contact:

Darren Shaw, SIOR
VP, Client Advisory Services
Sales Representative
Tel:      519 746 6300
Emaildarren.shaw@whitneyre.com

or

Nick Boertien,
Client Advisory Services,
Sales Representative
Tel:      519-746-6300 x 249
Email:  nick.boertien@whitneyre.com

About Shaw Boertien

SHAW I BOERTIEN is organized to provide a comprehensive range of brokerage services and value added business advice. The team specializes in the office, industrial, investment and corporate services sectors in Waterloo Region, Guelph and surrounding areas.

About Whitney & Company Realty Limited

Whitney & Company Realty Limited is a full service real estate company practicing in the mid-western Ontario market.

The Whitney family has a long history providing real estate services. In 1911 Charles Isaac Fenwick Whitney established a real estate firm in Toronto. In 1931 George Whitney opened a Kitchener office called George Whitney Limited. His son Richard joined the firm in 1946 and worked in the commercial real estate and appraisal business.

John Whitney joined the firm in 1975 and the firm became Whitney & Company. The business is wholly owned by John Whitney and he is proud of his family history and years of providing real estate advice and service to his community.

June 1st, 2012

Listowel lands recycling facility

LISTOWEL – North Perth has landed a $6-million plastics recycling plant and at least 20 jobs.

EFS-plastics Inc. is moving from its current facility in Elmira to the new industrial park on Line 84 in Listowel. The company bought six acres of serviced land for a 39,000-square-foot plant capable of processing 11,000-12,000 tonnes of materials a year.

EFS-plastics takes mixed plastics like yogurt cups, margarine tubs, shopping bags and agricultural bale wrap and turns it into plastic resin pellets. The pellets can replace virgin plastic up to 100% in the manufacture of plastic bags, toolboxes, pipes and other consumer products.

The company is investing $6 million on the new plant.

“It’s a big investment,” said owner and president Martin Vogt.

When the plant opens in October it will have at least 20 employees – four more than at the moment due to recent and future hiring. Vogt said he expects to add five more jobs over the next two years as production expands.

EFS-plastics currently diverts 6,000 tonnes a year of mixed plastics from municipal landfills, which equates to energy savings of about 30,000 megawatt-hours a year or enough to power about 900 households.

Vogt said the amount of plastics being diverted will increase to 11,000-12,000 tonnes once the plant reaches full production early in 2013.

“We’re almost doubling the capacity,” he said.

The company has contracts with Waterloo, Hamilton, Niagara Falls and York Region and also sources plastics from other municipal landfills in Ontario, Quebec and the U.S.

Vogt said he looked at several sites for the new plant including Stratford, Guelph and Brantford before choosing Listowel.

Lower taxes in North Perth was one factor but there were other considerations, including the availability of a sewage treatment plant with excess capacity, necessary to EFS-plastics’ process, Vogt said. The Listowel location was also central for many of the company’s employees who come from Listowel, Palmerston and Harriston.

“But that’s only part of it. Most of it is potential for future growth,” he said.

Vogt said he and his family developed the “closed-loop” technology in his native Germany where it has been used for 20 years. When he moved to Canada in 2006 he saw a market opportunity because nobody was doing the same type of recycling of mixed plastics.

“We are the market leader,” he said.

It’s good news for North Perth.

“The municipality invested in developing the industrial park to attract new industry to North Perth, and we are excited with EFS-plastics’ decisions to locate, invest and create new employment in our local economy,” said Mayor Julie Behrns .

“This is great news for the Listowel area, and EFS is positioned to play a major role to support more recycling and green environmental initiatives in Ontario,” said Darren Shaw, vice-president of client advisory services at DTZ Barnicke in Waterloo, which helped EFS-plastics find its new location.

brian.shypula@sunmedia

This article was written by Brian Shypula, and published in the Stratford Beacon Herald on Thursday May 10, 2012.