The London Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2020 Corporate Icon Award will be Trojan Technologies.
The vision for Trojan Technologies began in 1977 when a young entrepreneur named Hank Vander Laan and his partners bought Trojan Metal Products Limited – a small company located in London, Ontario, Canada.
Although fabricating metal toolboxes was Trojan Metal Products’ mainstay, what caught Vander Laan’s eye were the patent rights it held on a small UV treatment unit for homeowners to use to purify their drinking water. He was aware of the benefits of UV as a safer, more environmentally friendly alternative to chemical water treatment, and envisioned the potential for large-scale applications. Soon thereafter, development commenced on a commercially-viable UV disinfection system for municipal wastewater treatment. The journey to transform the fledgling metal fabricator into a dynamic global company capable of solving complex water problems had begun.
In 1983, the business was reorganized to officially form Trojan Technologies Inc. Also, it was around this time that they were awarded their first municipal wastewater project in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada.
Fueled by early success, Trojan accelerated its investment in research and development, and began developing a full suite of UV systems for municipal wastewater; industrial applications; and small, residential applications.
Near the end of 2004, Trojan joined Danaher Corporation. Danaher is a Fortune 200, global science and technology leader. Trojan Technologies is part of their environmental segment and water quality platform.
In 2005, Aquafine Corporation was acquired. Established in 1949, they had grown to become a leader and product innovator in water treatment for the industrial and commercial markets. All of Trojan Technologies’ industrial UV business was then merged and integrated under the Aquafine brand.
Also in 2005, the company was selected as the UV supplier for New York City’s drinking water project. The Catskill/Delaware UV facility in New York has the capacity to treat over 2 billion gallons (7,570 million liters) of water per day – it is the world’s largest drinking water UV facility.
In 2008, R-Can Environmental Inc. – a leading manufacturer of residential water treatment/disinfection systems – was acquired. All of Trojan Technologies’ residential UV was then merged and integrated, and R-Can was reorganized to form the VIQUA brand.
In 2009, Trojan Technologies was named the winner of the Stockholm Industry Water Award. Winners of this award represent a wide spectrum of industries, united in their pursuit to push water and sustainability issues forward in the business world.
In 2017, Trojan celebrated its 40th anniversary. What started as a single patent and small company located in London, Ontario has grown into what it is today – five brands and a collective worldwide leader in water treatment technologies and solutions with annual revenues in 2019 having surpassed $400M CAD.
In 2018, Stephen Bell was appointed president of Trojan Technologies, succeeding Marv DeVries who retired after 15 years as president and 30 years with the company.
“Each year, the London Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors chooses a corporation that has demonstrated particular excellence or achievement in business to receive the Corporate Icon Award,” said Chamber CEO, Gerry Macartney. “Trojan Technologies is more than deserving of this honour and we are looking forward to presenting this award to them at the Business Achievement Award gala on March 25, 2020.”
To register to attend the 2020 London Business Achievement Awards, click here.