More than Half a Century of Innovation
Our story originates in 1960 as the ‘Bottling Development’ division of Joseph Seagram and Sons Ltd (Seagram). Bottling Development, or BD, was responsible for development and management of technology to improve the performance of the Seagram bottling and packaging lines.
Through the 1980’s, BD expanded beyond servicing the Seagram facilities and began selling its technology and services to third party companies.
In 2002, Seagram was acquired by Diageo PLC
(Diageo) which then expanded BD’s business across
all North American Diageo facilities.
Then, in 2005, Diageo made a strategic decision to eliminate all non-core business from their portfolio of distillery brands. This prompted the closure of Bottling Development in July, 2006.
At that time, three BD management employees,
Ward Flannery, Darren Ste. Marie, and Ed Gardiner, negotiated the purchase of all assets including all equipment, technology, and intellectual property of Bottling Development.
From 2007 to 2012, the company operated as Ontrack Automation Inc., providing packaging line management components, systems and solutions to a growing list of customers across many industries.
On January 1, 2012, Ontrack Automation Inc. joined forces with Pneumatic Scale Angelus, a division of Barry-Wehmiller Companies Inc. The new company, PneumaticScaleAngelus Canada Inc, continues to operate in Waterloo, Ontario and remains under the same senior leadership team.
Today, with the added strength of Barry-Wehmiller Companies Inc., the company continues its focus as an innovative market leader in providing line automation expertise, components, systems and solutions to the packaging industry.
Photos of Seagram distillery/warehouse and bottling plant, courtesy of City of Waterloo Heritage Collection.