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USA - Company marks century of progress

<font size="2">A century of progress will be celebrated this week for a company that started with a man and a sandcutting machine in Pittsburgh. </font>

<font size="2">Wheelabrator Group Technology Centre Canada will mark the firm's 100 years in business with a luncheon celebration this Friday at its facility at 1219 Corporate Dr. Festivities start at 11:30 a.m. </font>

<font size="2">An open house will also be held at the Burlington location, which is responsible for engineering and manufacturing of <a href="https://www.foundry-planet.com/foundry-dictionary.html?&amp;tx_hrtdictionary_pi1[showUid]=906" target="_top">blast-cleaning</a> systems. </font>

<font size="2">The company's history dates to June 1, 1908 when entrepreneur Verne Minich obtained a sandcutting machine and decided a need could be filled for customers. </font>

<font size="2">Some time after the company started, a Canadian division was established with a small sales office in Scarborough in 1960 and its technology centre located in Burlington since December, 1999. </font>

<font size="2">"We continue to always ask ourselves the same question today as we did in 1908 -- what will our customers need in the future?" said Robert E. Joyce Jr., chief executive officer of the Wheelabrator Group. </font>

<font size="2">"We talk to customers in order to understand their business challenges. We develop solutions and enhance our technology to meet their ever-changing needs and we are not afraid to remake ourselves to ensure that we never become complacent."</font>

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