J. Walter Company founded
by Walter J. Somers in
Pointe-Claire (Quebec) Canada.
First 4 1/2" vertical grinder
introduced by J. Walter
Introduction of the First
Jigsaw power tool.
Introduction of Walter Machinery (1959-1984).
Introduction of High Performance Power Tools and the first cold saw
(metal cutting circular saw).
First 7" Angle Grinder
introduced to the market.
First 4 1/2" angle grinder
Introduction of the first flexible grinding wheels followed
by other unique high performance abrasives.
Introduction to Walter's market leading ZIPCUT/ ZIPWHEEL
high performance cutting wheel.
Mr. Pierre Somers was appointed President
of the company in 1989.
Start-up of Brazilian operations in São Paulo
and the launch of the ENDURO-FLEX flap disc.
Launch of Bio-Circle Parts
washing system using
Celebration of 50th Anniversary
Walter J. Somers Chair at the
HEC Business School.
Bio-Circle certified by Environment.
Canada's Environmental Choice Program. -
Technology Innovation Award by the Wall Street Journal.
ISO 14 001 certification
of Brazilian operations.
Bio-Circle L approved for the
NSF Non-food Compounds
Registration Program & EPA
approval process started.
Launch of LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building
Rating System) building project for New International Headquarters in Pointe-Claire,
Launch of ZIP-ONE, the thinnest cutting wheel on the market.
Launch of family of Nature Boost products (GS 200, CB 100 and Bio-Circle L Ultra).
Launch of the Clean-Box concept.