Company History

Eco-Tec’s history – from 1969 to now – features company breakthroughs in technology and market developments, along with many proud milestones and local/global recognition.

  • 1969 – Dr. Phillip (Rocky) Simmons finished his Master’s and PhD on reciprocating flow ion exchange, now known as Recoflo®, and joins Eco-Tec as R&D Manager.
  • 1970 – Lloyd Nourse creates a joint venture between WIX Canada and the Professors from the University of Toronto, named Eco-Tec, and the first Chromic Acid Recovery system was under development.
  • 1971 – A pilot Chromic Acid Recovery Unit (now known as ChromaPur™) was installed at Industrial Electroplating.
  • 1973 – The first Nickel Recovery Unit (now known as NickelPur™) installed at A.G. Simpson.
  • 1975 – Mike Dejak joins Eco-Tec (currently Executive Vice-President of Eco-Tec Inc.)
  • 1976 – The Acid Purification Unit, the APU® was developed and sold the same year.
  • 1977 – The first APU® was sold for the application of nitric acid recovery as well as a first installation for an APU® for aluminum anodizing (now called the AnoPur™). This year also noted the delivery of a 7-unit Nickel Recovery Unit (NickelPur™) installed at Ford Motor Company in Michigan.
  • 1980 – Eco-Tec now exporting to 16 countries!
  • 1984 – Eco-Tec develops the compressed-bed Water Demineralization Unit, and presents its first water treatment technical paper during the International Water Conference.
  • 1985 – Dr. Rocky Simmons leads the management buy-out of Eco-Tec from WIX Canada Ltd. Eco-Tec becomes a private company, mostly owned by its employees.
  • 1987 – Eco-Tec combines the APU® with the decationizer to create the DPU™.
  • 1988 – The Spectrum Micro Media Filter™ is developed and delivered.
  • 1995-1998 – Eco-Tec recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies.
  • 1995 – Eco-Tec’s 25 th Anniversary and is now exporting to over 40 countries!
  • 1996 – The Spectrum Micro Media Filter™ enters the Power Industry with an installation in a Cogeneration Plant in New Zealand
  • 1998 – Recoflo® expands to amine purification and the AmiPur® was installed at Crown Central Petroleum in Texas.
  • 1998 – Eco-Tec recognized for consistently demonstrated ISO compliance with the 1994-1998 National Accreditation Award BS EN ISO 9002.
  • 2002 – The TriFlo™ is developed and installed at Wisconsin Energies.
  • 2006 – Eco-Tec acquires Apollo Environmental Services and begins offering patented technology for the purification of BioGas. The system, developed by Dr. James Smith from the University of Toronto is now known as BgPur™.
  • 2007 – Eco-Tec commercializes its technology for the Pulp and Paper industry and sells its first PDP™ system.
  • 2007 – Eco-Tec enters the Coal Bed Methane Produced Water market with its RecoPur® CBM Water Treatment System and its installation for Marathon Oil.
  • 2007 – Eco-Tec enters the Cellulose Ethanol market with its APU® technology for the pre-treatment of lignin.
  • 2010 – Eco-Tec celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary on November 4, 2010.
  • 2012 – Eco-Tec now exporting to 60 countries
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