History

History

April 2, 1956

Open for business as “Walters Welding and Iron Works” on Upper Wellington Street in Hamilton – shop 20’ x 40’. Primary activity was ornamental iron for residential properties, porch handrails, fire escapes, equipment repairs.

The 50's

Dutch marine contractor Boskalis comes to dredge Hamilton Harbor and Walters Welding quickly becomes the fabrication and maintenance partner. This puts Walters Welding on the road to becoming a respected industrial contractor. Industrial work becomes the mainstay of the enterprise's existence for decades to come.

1970

Having outgrown its twice expanded Wellington Street facility, Walters relocates to 1318 Rymal Road East. This location expanded and reconfigured many times to suit changing work conditions. It remains an important fabrication facility in Walters Group and its head office address.

Key markets through the 70’s remain local heavy industrial clients, as well as local general contractors. Work primarily focuses on the Hamilton area plus a number of federal prison projects in the Kingston, Ontario area.

The 80’s

The economic recession of the early 80’s hits Hamilton hard. Walters responds by rebranding itself as Walters Inc. and begins to seek work outside its home market. Key successes are expanding its industrial presence into the Pittsburgh steel industry.

1985

Founder Walter Koppelaar Sr. retires and passes the reins to eldest son Nicholas Koppelaar. The company begins to modernize and introduce state-of-the-art CNC fabrication technology.

1994

Nicholas Koppelaar retires from his tenure as President, and his youngest brother Walter Koppelaar takes over.

1997

Computerized detailing is introduced in Walters engineering offices. Within 12 months, most drafting boards are replaced and Walters' journey towards its leading position in the use of 3D technology is established – a position it remains proud of to this day.

1998

Walters acquires a fabrication facility in Allenport, Ontario and “Plant 2” comes on-line to support its growing workload.

2000

Walters acquires a new greenfield campus and opens a state-of-the-art fabrication and coatings facility in Princeton, Ontario.

2003

Walters starts building a relationship with Metropolitan Metals of Manhattan, NY and ultimately Metropolitan Walters LLC is born. Metropolitan Walters develops a reputation for outstanding and innovative performance on some of New York City’s more challenging projects.

2006

Walters becomes involved with Intelligent Engineering of London, UK for the purpose of promoting its SPS technology. Ultimately, Walters becomes a shareholder of SPS North America and actively pursues opportunities to incorporate this innovative technology. The first project where Walters makes use of the technology is on the renovation of Carnegie Hall in NYC.

2008

Walters acquires a minority stake in Feature Factory and Feature Walters is born. Walters subsequently acquires 100% in the company and today Feature Walters is a highly prized asset in Walters Group family. Feature Walters has a broad portfolio ranging from public art installations, highly detailed architectural interiors, modular construction, and building features. A major recent project was the completion of 90 prefabricated class A washroom modules for The BOW Tower in Calgary, AB. These included all granite work, back painted glass, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical components.

2009

Walters opens a fabrication facility in Hamilton’s industrial core. The Queen Street plant replaces the Allenport plant and provides 75 tons of lift capacity. It is equipped to fabricate heavy plate work.

2010

Walters becomes a partner in Steel Construction Group, a recognized authority in the management of offshore fabrication with offices in Shanghai. The company provides logistic support and quality assurance for all materials procured.

2011

Walters partners with Supreme Steel and Best Joist Inc. to form a new entity known as iSPAN Systems LP. iSPAN produces and markets the roll formed TOTALJOIST family of joist products. Fully BIM compliant and capable of designing and producing complete LSF structures including wall framing, floors, roof trusses. It is gaining remarkable traction in the Ontario and northeast US markets.

2012

Walters relocates its Queen Street facility to larger quarters in Stoney Creek, Ontario. The new facility provides lifting capacity of 150 tons and also houses the company’s in house training facility which it operates in partnership with Mohawk College of Hamilton.

2014

Feature Walters team relocates to the Walters Group Hamilton head office to become more fully integrated into Walters Group family.

2015

Walters Group invests in Qnect software. Walters Group becomes an investor in Qnect LLC, a software development company that automates connection engineering, as a strategic partner. Walters will assist Qnect's vision to be the world's premiere resource for advanced connection engineering.

WHY BUILD WITH WALTERS?

Maybe it's the quiet pride we take in the legacy we've built through our family business. Maybe it's our passion for building. Maybe it's strong relationships we've built in the industry. Or our incredibly talented and loyal team. All these things come together to provide an experience where everyone involved - clients, employees, suppliers and partners - feels the happiness of building with Walters.

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