Mayor congratulates North York business for opening Chicago office
Ford visits FER-PAL
Staff photo/DAN PEARCE
Mayor Rob Ford, right, speaks with Shaun McKaigue, CEO of FER-PAL Infrastructure, during a visit to the watermain rehabilitation company's North York location. Ford was visiting to celebrate the one-year anniversary of a trade mission he and other councillors made to Chicago last year. FER-PAL has recently opened a Chicago office. (Sept. 19, 2013)
One year after a Toronto trade mission to Chicago, which resulted in a newly opened office in the American city, FER-PAL Infrastructure found themselves being congratulated by Mayor Rob Ford on their success.
“The mission was about creating jobs,” Ford said at FER-PAL’s Fenmar Drive location Thursday, Sept. 19. “I’m glad to see we made a breakthrough in Chicago. I wish you all the success in the world.”
Ford presented FER-PAL’s CEO Shaun McKaigue with a congratulatory plaque, after meeting with employees and getting a tour of an install truck and a structure liner.
Last September, Ford and several councillors accompanied a number of business leaders, including FER-PAL representatives, on a trade mission to Chicago, for the purpose of promoting trade and economic development opportunities between Toronto and its sister city.
FER-PAL’s Chicago office will open in October.
McKaigue praised the business trip, noting the company has increased its American employment total by 66 per cent. The company, which also has an office in Michigan, now has 80 employees in the United States.
FER-PAL infrastructure was established in 1986 in Toronto to provide municipalities with watermain rehabilitation services using trenchless technology.
By utilizing a Cure-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP), which is inserted into existing watermains, FER-PAL technology creates a new pipe within the existing pipe, eliminating the need to dig trenches to replace aging watermains.