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December 1, 2016
ACO is honored to be awarded third place for the Toronto Construction Association’s Product Innovation Award. The Innovative Product Award formerly known as TIPTA is an award recognizing excellence in innovation in product or technology development. The product that caught the attention of the judges is ACO’s new hygienic drainage solutions falling under the banner HygieneFirst. The ACO drainage solutions are not only made in stainless steel, a material inherently associated with hygiene, but also incorporate many design features that minimize the possibilities of debris accumulation and hot spots for bacterial growth. 23 companies submitted new innovative products and solutions for evaluation.
August 22, 2016 - Leading commercial drainage company, ACO, has become the first and only drainage company to obtain NSF/ANSI 3A 14159-1-2014 certification for its products from NSF International - a not for-profit, non-governmental organization which is a world leader in standards development, product certification, education and risk-management for public health and safety. The NSF/ANSI 3A 14159-1-2014 standard refers to the hygienic requirements in food processing. This certification shows that the hygienic performance of ACO's drainage systems and products comply with the strict standards and procedures of the NSF. It also underlines ACO's ongoing commitment to the very high standards of manufacturing and to research-led product development, which ensures its products deliver optimum hygienic performance. All of ACO's hygienic floor drains, hygienic floor troughs and hygienic cast ladder grates for the hygienic floor drains will now display the NSF certification mark.
Please click here for the full press release.
As many other large municipalities, the City of Toronto tries to find ingenious ways to handle stormwater on city property in a sustainable manner. This is important to ensure future generations can enjoy this beautiful city as we do today.
When a local residents association asked for support to retrofit Fred Hamilton Park with a stormwater project, city councillor Mike Layton was all in; the project consisted in a water reservoir to support a community garden and increase awareness of the natural water cycle. It also helps redirecting water from the city’s storm drainage system.
The project was funded by Live Green Toronto and planning, approvals and earthworks was assured by the city under the supervision of Doug Bennet from Parks, Forestry and Recreation department. Project support was also provided by Toronto Region and Conservation Authority, Enbridge.
ACO Canada donated and installed the water reservoir – ACO Stormbrixx stormwater management system.
The project is already a huge success with the local kids having a lot of fun with the manual water pump!
More information on this project can be found here.
We are very excited to announce the introduction of ACO commercial stainless steel drainage products to the Canadian market. This is a perfect match – ACO’s products are the exceptional result of an outstanding design and manufacturing process carried out with support and advice from the food processing industry and specialized university departments; and the Canadian market is characterized by its demand for high quality, no compromise and attention to public safety.
The ACO Stainless family of products include a large variety of floor drains, sink drains, modular trench drains and a push fit stainless pipe system. The target market will be food processing and commercial kitchens, as well as other applications where hygiene requirements and corrosion resistance are important such as laboratories, hospitals, pharmaceutical industry and other industrial applications. High end aesthetic application will also be serviced under this brand with standard and custom products.
The main drive behind the new product family is the HygieneFirst philosophy – the drainage is hygienically-engineered and designed to ensure it minimises the build-up of harmful bacteria and it can be effectively and easily cleaned; in addition to being manufactured in stainless steel, a material which is easy to clean.
Please follow the link to find out more about ACO and its stainless steel hygienic drainage.
ACO saves the game with ACO Drain in the 2014 World Cup games in Brazil. During the pouring rainfall that hit the city of Recife before the USA - Germany match, the city streets got covered with storm water to a large extent; however, the stadium remained in good working conditions with the help of an efficient trench drain system from ACO which kept the water off the surface. This saved a lot of money and trouble to the organizers which otherwise would have had to reschedule the game. The news circulated around the world, with the German national television ZDF talking on the main news program about it. The Guardian in the UK stated that "The rain was more of an influence on the game in soggy Recife, yet the pitch drained much more impressively than the city centre streets . . ." while, on the other side of the pond, Washington Post was reporting that
“Humidity was to be expected, but this is something else."
By 9 a.m., CNN had reported that Recife had picked up 2.9 inches of rain. FIFA officials were expected to step onto the pitch later this morning to determine just how much water is standing and whether the match, scheduled to begin at noon EDT, can be played. It stands to reason that the pitch will be just fine, with far better drainage in place.”
NY Times noted that "the area in front of one goal appeared to be a bit swampy, but the surface certainly drained better than the city's roads"
Also Yahoo Sports was informing that "While access to the field was restricted, a stadium official reported that the drainage system in place at the system was working effectively and that the field was in good condition. Heavy tarps covered the goal areas on both sides of the field. No standing water was visible."
This is yet another high profile example of why linear drainage is so important on sport fields.