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Fortress Technology a fortress of sunshine

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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Canadian manufacturer of metal detection systems sets headquarters up to generate clean renewable energy.

As part of its ongoing commitment to their community and the environment, Fortress Technology Inc. has installed solar panels at its Toronto-area head office (see photo).

Over 300 panels were installed on the roof of the building in February of 2013, and have, since it became operational in March produced over 42 MWh (megawatts) through June.

The panels are expected to produce 120,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year while reducing greenhouse gases by 180,000 pounds annually.

“We’ve been impressed with the results of the program so far,” expresses Fortress technology president Steve Gidman. “This program is another way we can give back to our community and the environment by producing a clean, renewable energy source.”


Fortress Technology has been manufacturing custom industrial metal detection systems from its Toronto location since 2001 for the food, beverage and manufacturing industries. The solar panels currently cover over 90 percent of the roof on the 26,000-square-foot facility and are part of the MicroFIT program with the Ontario Power Authority.

Fortress Technology began in 1996 producing high-quality metal detection equipment with simple operation, outstanding reliability and exceptional performance. Along with its headquarters in Toronto, it also has manufacturing offices in the UK and Brazil, and serves North America, Europe and Latin America.

More information about the company can be found at


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