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Firm chooses Ottawa for its first maintenance centre in Canada so it can be close to pulp and paper customers

Ottawa, ON -- Dec. 19, 2001 -- A new regional maintenance centre is to be set up in Ottawa by Environmental Element...


Ottawa, ON — Dec. 19, 2001 — A new regional maintenance centre is to be set up in Ottawa by Environmental Elements Corp. of Baltimore, Maryland. As well, EEC plans to further expand its presence in Canada by adding field service and maintenance capabilities in both eastern and western Canada by April 2002.

This follows the opening last week of EEC’s United Kingdom regional centre, the company’s first location outside North America, and will be the company’s seventh such centre to open since 1998.

“We are pleased to establish a presence in Canada where many of our major pulp and paper customers operate numerous facilities,” said John Sams, EEC’s president and CEO. “As with all of our existing service centres our strategy is to locate our people and our delivery of aftermarket products and services close to major existing customers, and to leverage our local presence into a variety of new business relationships.”

Raymond Burelle, P. Eng., has been named to manage the Canada maintenance centre and will oversee a staff of full-time service, application and other key personnel. He has over 15 years of experience in the pulp and paper and utility industries in the area of power generation and chemical recovery.

Burelle obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Laval University in Quebec. He worked for several years with Combustion Engineering and Tampella Power in Canada, and was recently regional manager for the GL&V Pulp Group.

EEC currently operates five North American regional maintenance centres located in Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, Texas and Wisconsin; it opened its first centre three years ago. “We expect our services business to produce excellent results for the current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2002, and to generate an estimated 25% increase in sales over last year’s volume of $19.6 million,” said Sams.

EEC has been a provider of air pollution control services, technology and equipment in North America for over 50 years. The company now provides services, technology and equipment which enable customers in the power generation, pulp and paper, waste-to-energy, rock products, metals and petrochemical industries worldwide to operate facilities in compliance with particulate and gaseous emissions standards.

By Bill Roebuck, Editor