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Hamilton Economic Development

Grant helps Ancaster’s Anderson Water Systems grow by 50 jobs

Fifty new full-time jobs will be created with the help of a $300,000 government grant to Ancaster’s Anderson Water Systems, Inc.

The project was announced Thursday by Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment for Ontario and a McMaster University graduate.

Anderson, which specializes in industrial water treatment systems, will also commit $1 million of its own money to the project as part of an overall $5-million investment in the new Cormorant Road facility it moved into earlier this year.

“This project will help position Anderson even more strongly as a global leader in process water technologies,” said Hoskins. “You support some of the world’s finest power plants, refineries, chemical production facilities, pulp and paper mills, and a large variety of manufacturing facilities, and with your innovative water treatment system the people working here at Anderson are helping industrial organizations around the world conserve water. This is exactly the type of strategic investment that our government wants to attract.”

Hoskins said water shortage is a growing global concern. He said that by 2030, world water demand is expected to exceed supply by 40 per cent. Right now, water industry is a growth sector worth almost half a trillion dollars worldwide — a number that’s expected to double over the next 20 years. He says the kind of work being done at Anderson will only become more important as communities look for ways to conserve water.

Anderson’s current business includes using an ion exchange system to clean and recycle the water used in the oilfields of Saudi Arabia and Alberta, and in fertilizer production in Morocco.

According to William Tuck, applications engineering manager at Anderson, the 50 positions created (this is in addition to 86 existing positions) will be full time in the fields of engineering, production, drafting, trades and support. They, along with Anderson’s new, larger facilities, will help the company expand business even further.

Article courtesy of Amy Kenny, The Hamilton Spectator.

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