STAFF WRITER – The Ontario Construction Report Special Feature
Munro Ltd., a concrete infrastructure provider for the construction industry, has announced that following a change in ownership, the company will be changing its name to DECAST Ltd.
The new name speaks to the company’s core competencies of casting infrastructure products, while acknowledging its ownership by the TACC Group and the De Gasperis family, the company said in a news release. The modernized design of the word mark logo represents the forward thinking and evolution of the company.
DECAST Ltd. will continue to operate its 470,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in Utopia, in Simcoe County just west of Barrie, with plans to grow. The plant is expanding in order to accommodate a new line of heavy cast tunneling products. In addition, the plant expansion will be used for DECAST’s patented superior maintenance hole system called the IFC, which stands for Integrated Frame and Cover. The IFC is designed to reduce inflow, infiltration and road deterioration.
DECAST chose to redesign the conventional maintenance hole system in order to create a longer lasting, more durable, effective system to address the current inflow and infiltration (I&I) concerns and requirements of all municipalities.
“We are particularly proud of the innovative and newly launched IFC maintenance hole system,” said Silvio De Gasperis. “The IFC is the first major innovation to maintenance hole systems in fifty years and warrants the attention of all stakeholders in this industry.”
DECAST is committed to remaining the largest single combined concrete gravity pipe and concrete pressure pipe facility of its kind in Canada – and the only one that also produces bridge superstructure and substructure, tunnel segments and railway ties. “The rebranding of DECAST represents the company’s evolution and direction,” said Silvio De Gasperis, president of TACC Group. “While we remain committed to producing infrastructure and services, we are motivated to provide leading infrastructure solutions.”
The new name went into effect at the beginning of January and will be implemented across all of the company’s products, services, and communications in the first quarter of 2016. Company emails and its website have also changed to the DECAST Ltd. name (decastltd.com).
“We are proud of the work that we’ve done within this industry and this rebrand presents us with an exciting opportunity to forge ahead and do what we do best – produce quality concrete infrastructure products, meeting our customer’s product and design needs, while providing superior services,” said De Gasperis.
DECAST Ltd. is a leader in the Canadian infrastructure market, supplying water transmission, bridges, storm and sanitary, engineered precast and tunneling products. With more than 600 employees, DECAST’s state-of-the art manufacturing facility is believed to be the most technologically advanced in the world with the most extensive product line portfolio in the industry.
DECAST contributes to major infrastructure projects
Here are some of the high profile Ontario projects built with DECAST-provided precast products.
• CIBC Pan Am and Parapan Am Athletes’ Village (Infrastructure Ontario)
• Confederation Line (City of Ottawa)
• Eglinton Crosstown LRT (Metrolinx)
• Hanlan Water Projects (Region of Peel)
• Highway 407 East Extension – Phase 1 (MTO)
• Spadina Subway Extension (TTC)
• Union-Pearson Express Spur Line (Metrolinx)
• Wilson Facility Enhancement and Yard Expansion (TTC)
• York Viva Bus Rapid Transit – viva Next (Metrolinx, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation)