Early History of APS
APS was founded by Ken Reardon, Sr. in 1970 as he envisioned transforming his former Eastern Engineering and Surveying, and Eastern Engineering & Sales companies to an Environmental Sales entity.
Through the late -1950’s, Ken Reardon Sr. started Eastern Engineering & Surveying Company, a consulting and surveying firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia. By the mid-1960’s the company had re-branded as Eastern Engineering Sales in an effort to focus on equipment sales of pumps, chemical feed and chlorination systems as well as industrial and commercial paint and blast equipment. By the late 1960’s Eastern Engineering Sales had started to diversify and expand the current commercial and industrial sales focus into municipal environmental sales that included packaged water and wastewater treatment systems, wholesale water conditioning equipment, and chlorination systems manufactured by Canadian and American companies.
In 1970, with the company establishing significant interest and momentum in the environmental equipment area, Ken Sr. established Atlantic Purification Systems Ltd. (APS) as agents and distributors of packaged water and wastewater treatment equipment, chlorination and UV disinfection systems, pumps, compressors and air filtration systems. His goal was to establish a brand that highlighted a focus on Municipal & Industrial Water, Wastewater and Air Purification Systems. To this end, the company became regional agents and distributors for some of the leading water and wastewater, manufacturers of this era.
The company also continued to develop and distribute ancillary equipment and commodity lines, for local commercial, municipal and industrial markets, including chemical feed systems, chlorination systems, paint and sandblast equipment, compressors and oil/gas filters and purification systems.
APS quickly became one of the driving forces in the Atlantic Region for the advancement of water and wastewater treatment and treatment technologies. Ken Sr. travelled throughout Atlantic Canada to introduce and implement gas chlorination technology for disinfection of community and private water supplies while also implementing packaged RBC and extended aeration sewage treatment systems in communities, industrial plants, campgrounds, resorts, and residential developments that previously had limited, or no, secondary or tertiary treatment facilities.
Over the next few decades, aligned with many of the leading North American treatment system manufacturers of that era, APS was positioned to supply various process equipment to large municipal and industrial treatment facilities in the region, as they started to build, expand and/or upgrade their infrastructure to meet growing operations and communities as well as increasing environmental regulatory requirements. During this period, APS supplied large primary, secondary and tertiary wastewater treatment equipment technologies as well as large municipal water treatment filtration systems to numerous municipal and industrial facilities in Atlantic Canada. The company also supplied some of the region’s largest industrial facilities with oil/gas recovery and purification systems for both treatment and reuse.
The company grew to incorporate numerous ancillary technologies such as screening, grit removal, water control gates, aeration, large FRP water and wastewater tanks, anaerobic digestion and membrane systems into our scope of supply, along with flow metering, gas detection and other instrumentation products.
Having established a robust environmental equipment offering in the municipal and industrial marketplace, APS continued to diversify and expand our equipment offerings to incorporate wholesale commercial and residential products for water conditioning and filtration, well pump and ancillary equipment and systems, pool pump, filtration and chlorination equipment, water metering equipment, and water testing and analysis equipment. The company diversified further to include advanced onsite treatment systems, and effluent sewer collection system technologies to facilitate the application of onsite sanitary treatment technologies to residential, commercial and industrial projects ranging from single family homes, to large towns, villages and commercial/industrial facility developments.
During this period APS purchased and acquired the assets, inventory and customer base of four separate companies to facilitate new market sales, business expansion and employee growth.
Supported by the growth of several different market sectors in our region, our APS product lines had developed into several distinct Divisions that today include:
- Water & Wastewater Treatment & Disinfection
- Onsite Sewage Collection & Treatment Systems
- Water and Wastewater Tanks
- Pumps, Fluid Handling and Chemical Feed Systems
- Water Control Gates & Valves
- Water & Waste Water Analysis Instrumentation
- Wholesale Water Conditioning & Filtration
- Industrial Filtration & Air Systems
- Industrial Paint Spray & Sandblasting
APS has grown into a strong and diverse sales company that has weathered Atlantic Region, and related, market economic ups & downs for over 50 years.