Bubble Technology set to expand

One of the area’s largest employers is growing again.

That piece of good news was delivered to Laurentian Hills’ protection to persons and property committee recently by the municipality’s chief building official, Gordon Rollins

Rollins told committee members that Bubble Technology Industry (BTI) has met all the necessary planning protocols for a 1,000 square foot addition to its manufacturing facility, located just off Highway 17 in Chalk River.

“They’ve met all the requirements,” Rollins said.

“They’re hoping to break ground in the fall.”

BTI was founded in 1988 through a licensing agreement with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

Its founder, Harry Ing, was recognized earlier this summer by Canada’s Governor General with one of this country’s highest honours – the Meritorious Service Cross for 2020.

The company has gone through at least three major expansions of its facility since its initial launch, and currently employs more than 50 people.

All that’s missing for BTI to break ground on its latest expansion, Rollins told committee members, is a site plan control agreement with the municipality, in order that he can issue a building permit.

The protection to persons and property committee recommended council sign off on the site plan agreement, and word of the expansion was greeted with delight by Mayor Jed Reinwald.

“It complies with the Official Plan and Zoning bylaws,” Reinwald said at the meeting.

“I think it’s great the business is growing.”

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