1. What is ATI (and what services you provide)?
Agriculture Technology Inc. was founded in 1995 by Steve Posthumus and his family to serve the agricultural industry, locally and abroad. ATI worked to address greenhouse growers issues with, removal services and recycling of greenhouse by-products, such as vines, substrates and plastic.
ATI designed and built a custom removal unit which launched in 1998, this not only addressed the cost of labour concerns, it in turn increased the efficiency of removal services thereby allowing the greenhouse growers to grow longer and have extra crop picks since time for removal was drastically reduced due to ATI’s custom removal unit.
Since 1998, ATI has refined its custom equipment design and processes, increasing efficiencies and has grown with the greenhouse industry which has more than doubled in size since. ATI market has grown across North America to service greenhouses in B.C., Maine, Texas, Arizona & California.
ATI expanded its service offerings in support of a more sustainable process by designing and developing the equipment and process for recycling the greenhouse by- products removed from the greenhouses. This in turned extended the life of the local landfill, cleaned up the community and provided the feedstock to develop value added, “green” recycled products from the greenhouse residue by-products.
ATI has been awarded for its efforts by numerous groups and governing bodies, including the Premiere Of Ontario, Recycle Council of Ontario & The Kingdom Of The Netherlands
Today, ATI provides the following services:
- Tomato/Pepper/Cucumber Vine Removal
- Rockwool/Coco Substrate Removal
- Equipment/Bin Delivery
- Belt Rental
- Forklift Rental
- Tip Bin Rental
- Vine Tipping
- Substrate Tipping
- Plastic Baling
- Grinding/Screening Services
- 20 YD or 40 YD Bin Delivery/Rental
- Trucking Services
- Custom Equipment Design & Sales
2. Where did the name ATI come from?
The name Agriculture Technology Inc. (ATI) came from the founder and his family, as novel technology development has always been a core competitive strength utilized to develop and retain market share.
3. Anything new and exciting happening with your company?
ATI is a leader and innovater and is always seeking ways to develop. Recently ATI developed two exciting new divisions:
- ATI Plastics & Compounding – This division is making tremendous strides into a highly demanding and increasing popular market segment, recycled plastics, and even more so, recycled, renewable bio-plastics.
- ATI Garden & Fuels – This division focuses on wood recycling and garden related products, such as mulches, burner fuels and compost tea. One of the more recent developments is the focus on Biomass which will be used in Cogen Systems for the greenhouse industry.
Most recently ATI has developed a relationship with AR3C International to develop and rollout an ECO Park concept for urban centers and developing nations.. This exciting development will offer Essex the opportunity to become a recognized global leader in export of Canadian Green Technologies focused on social, environmental and economic sustainability. This has the potential to become the model for North American and Global for communities,
4. What’s your favorite technology gadget?
Our favourite technology gadget is the one we designed and built. It allows agricultural residue from greenhouse’s to be separated into its key elements of plastic, organics and grow media. Then reconstitute that into new materials and products.
This process will enable us to bring this technology to developing nations who will then be able to have sustainable, local produce grown in their very own greenhouse, powered by their own greenhouse by-products Creating a new sustainable economic development. Why did you join WEtech Alliance?
WEtech Alliance represents a great opportunity for networking., From the partnering with educational institutes , to community connections and Governmental groups that are all advantageous for sustainable economic growth and community development.
It just makes sense to work together towards the common good.
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