Canadian Manufacturing

Quebec firm wins $28M deal to build U.S. water treatment bioreactor

System part of $90-million Ohio plant upgrade scheduled to begin in 2015 and be completed in 2017



MONTREAL—GLV Inc. says its Ovivo water treatment business has won a $28-million contract from the City of Canton, Ohio, to build North America’s largest membrane bioreactor filtration system to treat waste water.

The system is part of a $90-million plant upgrade scheduled to begin in 2015 and be completed in 2017.

Ovivo president Marc Barbeau says the deal highlights improving acceptance of the environmentally friendly technology despite its higher costs and energy use compared with conventional treatment alternatives.

The contract is part of the United States municipal water business the company has identified as a key growth market.

Other growth markets include energy, electronics and metals, and municipal water in Europe.

Analysts described the contract as positive given its size and the fact that GLV had a pilot project in the U.S. city.

GLV’s stock has been hit hard by restructuring of its water group since the acquisition of Christ Water Technology in 2009.

Sara Elford of Canaccord Genuity sees further stock improvement and sees the operation as a “unique and strategically attractive water platform” should improve the company’s profitability.

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