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Focusing on technology                                                                                                                                                                      Le Marché condos
                                                                                                                                                                                            open model suite
                                                                                                                                                                                                A model suite for a proposed
Going digital                                                                                                                                                                               three-storey condominium
                                                                                                                                                                                            development that is to be built

lets photo firm                                                                                                                                                                             behind the new Kitchener Mar-
                                                                                                                                                                                            ket will be officially opened on
                                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday   .
click with clients                                                                                                                                                                              Visitors will be able to tour
                                                                                                                                                                                            the model unit and see updated
                                                                                                                                                                                            floor and property plans for the
BY ROSE SIMONE                                                                                                                                                                              private project.
RECORD STAFF                                                                                                                                                                                    “We have just started pre-
      s digital photography was
A      making film obsolete, the
window of opportunity opened
                                                                                                                                                                                            selling. The construction will
                                                                                                                                                                                            start later in the summer with
                                                                                                                                                                                            occupancy in the spring of
for Kevin Harrington’s business                                                                                                                                                             2006,” says Lisa Schuett, sales
idea.                                                                                                                                                                                       manager for the Le Marché resi-
    Harrington, owner of A Shot                                                                                                                                                             dences.
on Site in Waterloo, had been a                                                                                                                                                                 The proposed condos are to
freelance photographer work-                                                                                                                                                                be built along Duke Street East,
ing with traditional film for                                                                                                                                                               behind the market. Residents
25 years. But in the year 2000,                                                                                                                                                             will have indoor access to the
just as digital photography was                                                                                                                                                             market through underground
penetrating the market, he had                                                                                                                                                              parking that will be provided
a personal crisis.                                                                                                                                                                          for their units.
    He fell into a coma that was                                                                                                                                                                The model suite has been
caused, he later discovered, by                                                                                                                                                             created at 250 King Street E.,
diabetes. When he recovered, he                                                                                                                                                             one of two retail buildings at
realized it was time to radically                                                                                                                                                           the front of the market. Thurs-
change his life. So he quit his                                                                                                                                                             day’s event will run from 4 to
manager’s job with a manufac-                                                                                                                                                               8 p.m., with a ribbon cutting at
turing firm to turn his photog-                                                                                                                                                             5:30 p.m.
raphy into a full-time business.                                                                                                                                                                The development is to have
    Harrington knew the timing                                                                                                                                                              68 units. Fifteen have been sold
was right in another way  .                                                                                                                                                                 so far, Schuett says.
    Digital photography and the                                                                                                                                                                 Prices range from $154,400
ability to instantly make high-                                                                                                                                                             for a one bedroom unit to
quality photographs presented                                                                                                                                                               $235,400 for two bedrooms plus a
the opportunity for a new “on                                                                                                                                                               den. Schuett said the develop-
site” type of photo business.                                                                                                                                                               ment is being eyed primarily by
    This meant replacing his                                                                                                                                                                professionals who work down-
$35,000 worth of film-based                                                                                                                                                                 town.
equipment. And if he intended                                                                                                                                                                   The units are being devel-
to proceed, he had to act soon,                                                                                                                                 DAVID BEBEE, RECORD STAFF   oped by Barrel Works Group,
before others did.                    After working with film for years, Kevin Harrington of Waterloo invested in digital photography equipment to launch A Shot on Site in 2000.           the same company that worked
    So Harrington, now 44, made       He takes photos at sports and corporate events, enhances them in a trailer, then sells quality prints to participants before they go home.            with the City of Kitchener to de-
the leap. He took a business                                                                                                                                                                velop the Kitchener Market. It
course at Lutherwood Coda, in-                                                                                                                                                              also developed the Seagram
vested in digital professional                                                Established camera and pho-          It was one of the early sites     ment depreciates rapidly. But
cameras and computer equip-
                                       SMALL BUSINESS                      tography businesses, such as        that allowed people to upload         that is part of business. You
                                                                                                                                                                                            Lofts condos in downtown Wa-
ment, and launched a business                                              Highland Camera Image Cen-          digital pictures and add borders      have to stay on the leading edge,
he called A Shot on Site.                                                  tre, with both a camera store       to make customized greeting           because if you aren’t, someone
    It sells photos of minor and                                           and a photography studio in         cards.                                else is.”                              Dalsa renews contract
semi-pro sporting events, such
as the Subaru Series triathlon
                                      a big goal or winning a race.
                                         Photography and printing
                                                                           Kitchener and Waterloo, have
                                                                           also had to evolve with new
                                                                                                                   “Some people complain that
                                                                                                               the digital equipment closed the
                                                                                                                                                         Harrington says he was able
                                                                                                                                                     to get a jump on competitors be-
                                                                                                                                                                                            for image sensors
                                                                                                                                                                                               Dalsa Corp. has renewed a
races.                                are perhaps two of the most ob-      technology .                        door for film, but I think it         cause he had time to build
                                                                                                                                                                                            contract to supply image sensor
    “We have done everything          vious examples of businesses                                             opened the doors to new ways          a reputation with corporate
from horse and pony shows and         in which rapidly changing tech-      “Some people complain               of people being creative and          clients and event sponsors.
                                                                                                                                                                                            chips to a medical equipment
dog shows, to triathlons and          nology forces owners to either        that digital equipment             having fun with a camera,”                “My main focus in the first
                                                                                                                                                                                               The Waterloo company said
duathlons as well as all of your      adapt or become obsolete.                                                Govindij says.                        year was to survive. But after
ball sports, like football, base-                                          closed the door for film,               But it also makes the busi-       that, my focus was on getting
                                                                                                                                                                                            the deal is worth $3.8 million.
                                      PRINTING SHOP                                                                                                                                            The image sensors will be
ball, basketball and also hock-                                              but I think it open the           ness more efficient, he adds.         my name out there because I
                                                                                                                                                                                            used in X-ray systems and will
ey Harrigan says.
  ,”                                     Waterloo Printing Co. Ltd. on                                             “People can now see the im-       knew the competition was com-
    Sports photography is his         Frobisher Drive is an example          doors to new ways of              age on the computer, edit them,       ing.”
                                                                                                                                                                                            be delivered over the next three
bread and butter, but he also         of a printing firm that has sur-      people being creative              and have those photographs                Maintaining quality is also
                                                                                                                                                                                               They will be produced by
takes photos at company events.       vived for 70 years by staying                                            sent directly to the lab where we     key to staying ahead of the com-
    Digital photography allows        ahead of the technology curves.
                                                                                and having fun                 can print, so that they can walk      petition. Harrington says he
                                                                                                                                                                                            Dalsa’s digital imaging division
                                                                                                                                                                                            in the Netherlands, using semi-
him to take action photos and            Mike Litwiller, the owner,             with a camera.”                out with photographs right            has competitors, but most are
                                                                                                                                                                                            conductor wafers that will be
then, from a trailer, add a deco-     says there are now computers                                                   ,”
                                                                                                               away he says.                         unable to immediately print
                                                                                MOHAMED GOVINDJI                                                                                            manufactured by the company’s
rative border that can feature        in every piece of equipment in                                               “It pays off because of the       photos on site. Or if they are,
                                                                                HIGHLAND CAMERA                                                                                             semiconductor division located
company logos or the name of          the printing business — and                                              turn-around time we save. And         they aren’t using high-quality
                                                                                  IMAGE CENTRE                                                                                              in Bromont, Que.
the sporting event.                   constant technology upgrades.                                            also the processing costs go          printers.
    Within minutes, he can pro-          For example, in the print                                             down.”                                    “I work with an $8,000 print-
duce high-quality prints and          shop area, where images go              “We embraced the digital             For printing businesses, too,     er, five laptops and two moni-         Microscope maker
sell them to people while they’re     from a disk to a proof of the        technology early on, in 1998,”      technological investment cuts         tors, just to view and print on        names new director
still at the event.                   page before going to the presses,    says Mohamed Govindji, whose        time and saves operating costs.       site.”
                                                                                                                                                                                               Andrew Pinkerton, an in-
    “So, for example, with a com-     a recent “software re-issue”         parents, Nizar and Nusrat               Litwiller says at one time,           His business involves travel-
                                                                                                                                                                                            vestment manager at Growth-
pany golf tournament, we can          required an investment of            Govindji, own the Highland          printing businesses had “film         ling throughout Ontario, Que-
                                                                                                                                                                                            Works Capital, has joined the
go in, shoot the foursomes, cre-      $45,000 in software and comput-      Camera Image Centre.                assemblers,” who would lay out        bec and parts of the United
                                                                                                                                                                                            board of Biomedical Photomet-
ate a golf-type border with the       er equipment.                           Mohamed, 25, also owns a         the sheets of film for the plates.    States, often on weekends.
                                                                                                                                                                                            rics, a Waterloo firm that devel-
company name and logo . . .              “It is a slippery slope,” Lit-    digital photography studio,             “With     computer-to-plate           Harrington and his wife,
                                                                                                                                                                                            ops scanning laser microscopes
print those photographs on the        willer says.                in downtown            technology, that trade disap-                ,
                                                                                                                                                     Cindy will often work together.
                                                                                                                                                                                            for medical and genomics mar-
site, and have them in folders           “Because if you don’t keep        Toronto, as well as maintaining     peared and we went from four          His daughter and son also help
ready to hand to people before        up with the technology and           the digital pho-      people in the pre-press area to       and he sometimes hires helpers
                                                                                                                                                                                               The privately-owned compa-
they go home.”                        then you are not profitable, then    tography web site for his par-      two. So the technology increas-       on a casual basis.
                                                                                                                                                                                            ny also announced that Bill
    Harrigan can also display         how do you get the loan to buy       ents’ business here.                es the productivity .”                    He admits there are limits to
                                                                                                                                                                                            Garriock has been elected chair
and sell his photos later from        the equipment to make you                                                    But as the cost of digital        what he can do and how far he
                                                                                                                                                                                            of its board.
his Web site.                         profitable again? So you have to                                         technology comes down, it also        can travel. But he is now think-
                                                                                                                                                                                               Garriock, a director of sever-
    “Before we went digital, to do    stay on top of it.”                                                      means more competitors can            ing about setting up franchise
                                                                                                                                                                                            al private and public compa-
something like the Subaru Se-            The rapid evolution of tech-                                          enter the fray.                       operations in other cities, so he
                                                                                                                                                                                            nies, is a former president of
ries, I would have to buy bulk        nology also causes some busi-                                                                                  can sub-contract work.
                                                                                                               QUICK OFF THE MARK                                                           the analytical instrument divi-
load film, and after shooting, we     ness services to fade away.           We asked Kevin Harrington,                                                   Today, he notes, there are
                                                                                                                                                                                            sion of MDS Inc. and a former
would have to develop the film,          Litwiller cites scanning ser-      owner of A Shot on Site:               Harrington says that is why       digital cameras that amateurs
                                                                                                                                                                                            chair of the Pharmaceutical
contact print the film, cut them,     vices as an example. Now that               How do you stay ahead        it helped him to enter the busi-      can use to take high-quality im-
match them to the people, paste
them on an order form and mail
                                      anyone can purchase a high-
                                      quality scanner for about $1,000,
                                                                            Q.    of your competitors?         ness early even though technol-
                                                                                                               ogy was still changing as he did.
                                                                                                                                                         But technology can never re-
                                                                                                                                                                                            Manufacturers Association of
them out, hoping that a month         the need to have a second party               “You have to put the           The first digital camera he       place talent, he adds.
later, people will actually want      provide that service has faded        A.      quality ahead of the       bought for his business cost              “You might get a nice photo-       Workshop offers tips
some.”                                away for many companies.              quantity . . . Not everybody       about $10,000. Today, he has a        graph from a distance of a             to cut energy costs
    Digital equipment, he says,          “That is a whole part of the       has the talent and not every-      $6,000 camera with far more fea-      horse or a runner or a hockey             Natural Resources Canada’s
makes it possible to capitalize       industry that came and went           body is going to put the mon-      tures than the first one had.         player, but you cannot get the         office of energy efficiency will
on the desire of people to have       within about a 15-year period,”       ey out on the equipment.”              “You have to buy the new          shots that we can get,” he says.       present a Spot the Energy Sav-
a photo right after scoring           Litwiller says.                                                          equipment. And the old equip-                 ings Opportunities workshop
                                                                                                                                                                                            next month for companies in
                                                                                                                                                                                            Waterloo Region.
                                                                                                                                                                                               It’s geared to people who are

Modern systems keep old foundry going strong                                                                                                                                                in charge of facilities, such as
                                                                                                                                                                                            building managers, mainte-
                                                                                                                                                                                            nance supervisors, operations
                                                                                                                                                                                            supervisors and others who
BOWMANVILLE, ONT.                     government’s Peterborough Ro-           Patrick was interested. His      tion, by Helen MacDonald and          produce malleable iron in 48           manage electrical and heating
                                      botics Centre, part of the On-       father’s father had worked          Helen Schmidt.                        hours rather than seven days.          systems.
       hy would a young and hip       tario Centre for Advanced Man-       at Dominion Foundries (now             The company was started by            ‘’Now it’s down to 24 hours,’’
W      high-tech guy want to buy
a foundry?
                                      ufacturing set up by then-pre-
                                      mier Bill Davis to help business-
                                                                           Dofasco) in Hamilton as a
                                                                           young immigrant in the 1930s.
                                                                                                               Christian Rehder in 1902. He
                                                                                                               had been doing custom electro-
                                                                                                                                                     says Ned, 89, who watched the
                                                                                                                                                     foundry struggle to survive the
                                                                                                                                                                                               The workshop, which costs
                                                                                                                                                                                            $340 to attend, shows companies
                                                                                                                                                                                            how to save on fans and pumps,
    The     old    Bowmanville        es use technology to modernize.         Amid the roar and clank of       plating and casting for several       Depression in the 1930s.               boiler systems and how to as-
Foundry, to be precise, making            Patrick had hired David                      ,
                                                                           the foundry watching a red-hot      firms, but was lured to Bow-             “The place stumbled along           sess the benefits of energy effi-
cast-iron hooks, stove parts,         Boothman, now 62, and each           furnace being filled with scrap     manville by the Dominion Or-          for a few years. Then the war          ciency .
truck handles and railway-            man ran his own division.            metal, Patrick describes how he     gan and Piano Co.                     solved everything.’’                      The fee includes course man-
track hardware, among hun-                After five years “of telling     and Boothman negotiated with           His eldest son, Fred, joined          Not just the war, but Ned’s         ual and other materials as well
dreds of other items.                 people how to do things better,’’    the founding family, the            the business, but was scalded         malleable-iron process, which          as exercises and demonstra-
    “It was the late 1980s,’’ says    as Patrick puts it, the two felt     Rehders, in 1988. For them, the     fatally and died at 32, Iron in the   revolutionized war production.         tions.
Michael Patrick, now 48.              they weren’t getting paid for the    most important thing was to         Blood co-author MacDonald ex-            Ned is also proud today of             The workshop will take place
“Everyone was making a ton of         value they’d created. It was time    keep the foundry going, to help     plains, so Ernie, the second son,     being “the one who unionized           from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 2
money turning everything into         to do it themselves.                 a Canadian industrial icon          took over in 1941, followed by        the plant.’’                           at the Holiday Inn on Fairway
condos, but my partner and I              Patrick’s neighbour, a doctor,   thrive amid global competition.     his son, Tom, in 1978.                   In the mid-1940s, he says, he       Road in Kitchener.
wanted to run our own busi-           had a patient whose family was          The Rehders’ story is told in       Tom’s brother, Ned, studied        was working at a foundry in               Register online at http://oee.
ness.’’                               thinking of selling its aging        a new book, Iron in the Blood:      metallurgical engineering at          Windsor when he got a call from
    The two were engineers who        foundry in Bowmanville, east of      The Bowmanville Foundry —           McGill University, where he           his father.                            form.cfm
had met in 1983 at the Ontario        Toronto.                             One Hundred Years of Innova-        commercialized a process to                  SEE FOUNDRY: PAGE C2

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