Message From The Managing Directors
"In order to get from what was, to what will be, you must go through what is." ~ Anonymous
The current global financial crisis, most acutely felt in the United States, has all of us thinking “how are we getting out of this mess?” The best financial minds in the world are asking themselves the same thing. There is no easy answer that is certain, but come out of it we will. The timing and costs are unknown, but ultimately when the markets return to some sense of equilibrium, we will be stronger for it.
Halton’s Global Food Service presence gives us a unique perspective on the impact of the current financial crisis. With operating units in all the major markets, United States, Canada, Great Britain, Europe (France and Germany) and Malaysia we see opportunities for continued growth. In fact, we are expanding into markets such as India and China since this is our “what will be” vision.
It is an interesting dichotomy that Halton has experienced unprecedented growth during this period of uncertainty. This can be attributed to a variety of reasons, most notably our offering of the most energy efficient line of kitchen ventilation systems in the world. Energy efficiency, as you know, is not a new phenomenon at Halton, but the market catching up with our core message and philosophy.
As the markets continue to sort themselves out, Halton will be focused on several areas to support our customer’s movement to “Green” and sustainable operations:
- Continued investment in Research and Development of cutting edge technology in the area of total building solutions, emission control and energy efficiency.
- Investment in state of the art manufacturing machinery to support growth, improve quality and delivery reliability to meet customer requirements.
- Improve our processes throughout our operations implementing the Supply Chain Reference Model (SCOR) and benchmarking against best practices in the area of manufacturing, research and development and customer support.
We must go through “what is” in order for us to get to “what will be”. It is a perfect time for Halton to look inward at our operations and improve in every area to better serve our customer.
Another phrase comes to mind as we work to navigate this period of uncertainty and may be as helpful to you as it was to King Solomon; “This too shall pass”
Rich Catan & Phil Meredith
Halton Canada | Halton Company, USA