Thank You for a Great First Year in Whitley County/NE Indiana!

February 18th, 2013
Thank you Whitley County/NE Indiana

Thank you Whitley County/NE Indiana!

Pence Convenes Job Creation Roundtable

January 25th, 2013 Report

Gov. Mike Pence at Iotron Industries USA

Gov. Mike Pence at Iotron Industries USA

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Following his State of the State speech the evening before, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence brought his Road Map for Indiana up to Northeast Indiana for a January 23 evening meeting with area business leaders and CEOs that included Dane Miller of BioMet, Joe Peters of Ultra Electronics USSI, John Nolan of Steel Dynamics, and Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel.

As part of the gathering of 14 business, economic development and government leaders, Tino Pereira, president and CEO of Iotron Industries, discussed the site selection process that his Vancouver, Canada company completed in 2011. He outlined to the group why Indiana was successful in attracting the $15 million expansion of Iotron’s electron-beam sterilization and material modification operations to the state instead of Ohio or Illinois. Pereira noted that during the extensive multi-state search, Iotron executives found “that some pretty exciting things were going on in Indiana” for business development.

Pointing out that it was clear that there would be “less risk to operate in Indiana” than in neighboring states, the Iotron CEO said that the ability to trust the people in Indiana was a huge deciding factor.

Gov. Pence amplified on that critical factor in his talk, noting that he appreciated Pereira’s “use of the word ‘trust,’” as it is an Indiana differentiating uniqueness.

The Governor covered several points in his formal Road Map during his talk, emphasizing that there were specific goals and objectives clearly outlined that he expected his administration to be held accountable for.

Emphasizing opportunities now before Indiana, he emphasized that now is “no ordinary time in the life of our state,” with the capacity to now “go from good to great.”

He singled out regional workforce development, declaring that “improving the quality of our workforce is going to be an issue up front and center for us.” He noted that during his administration the focus on workforce development would not be Indianapolis-centric, but that he expected regional efforts around Indiana to advance the quality of their own workforce. This issue was welcomed by those present, as John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, emphasized.

Gesturing around the Iotron technology workspace, the Governor said that as Indiana is successful in advancing the quality of its workforce, it would be more successful in attracting “a spectacular facility like this.”

Wrapping up his comments before soliciting feedback from the group, Gov. Pence said: “I believe that success begets success.”

GOVERNOR VISITS: Pence touts region at round table

January 25th, 2013

Brett Myers

Business Round Table

Mayor Ryan Daniel (left) and Governor Pence

COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was in Columbia City Wednesday and touted his Roadmap for Indiana and praised regional economic activity at a business roundtable at Iotron Industries.

The governor complimented the northeast corner of Indiana, stating the region was a great example for the state.

Before the governor spoke, a presentation was given by Tino Pereira, president/CEO of Iotron. He stated there were many attractive aspects of Indiana and multiple reasons why his company selected this state as its operation in the U.S. He said that, if anything, Hoosiers were too modest about what a great asset the state was.

While preparing to become governor, Pence said he saw what the state needs. In his term as governor, he envisions companies working in their corners of the state to make life better overall and having this effect work outward to the state level and the national level.

Part of this plan is the creation of curriculum. Pence said schools could tailor aspects of what they do to meet the needs of employers in those regions of the state. Under this proposal, students could be career-ready out of high school if they did not wish to pursue college.

Iotron was attracted to the financial situation of the state, and it had a great influence on the company. Pereira also noted the region is ready for industry.

For his part, the governor commended the work of local leaders, such as Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, Whitley County Economic Development Corportaion president Alan Tio and John Sampson, president and CEO of Indiana Northest Regional Partnership, and said the northeast part of the state is on the move.

Pence said part of his roadmap for the state included a 10 percent cut in state taxes. This would, in his view, aid economic growth, as it would give an opportunity for individuals to invest.

Overall, though, Pence believes the state is moving forward as it ought. The focus on the future will also include increasing the strengths Indiana already has and creating opportunities for new ones.

Technology and Education Needed to Reduce Food Recalls in Canada: Iotron Industries Exposes the Risk and Provides the Solution

December 5th, 2012


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — The recent recall on beef in Canada by Alberta-based XL Foods has reignited consumer awareness and concern over health protection and food safety. There have been 477 food recalls in Canada since January. Few of them make the news and many Canadians are unaware of the danger that lurks in the isles of the grocery store.

Amongst the hundreds of food recalls, a pattern can be noted of certain foods posing the highest risk. Identifying and understanding which foods pose the highest pathogen risks to Canadians will serve as part of the solution for health protection.

While selecting and preparing food, Canadians should be aware of the following foods that carry significant risk:

1.  Fruits and nuts - These items are almost always consumed in their raw
    form, posing a heightened risk of causing illness, as bacteria would
    normally be killed during the cooking process. 

2.  Salad leaves - Carry a high risk due to the ease with which food
    pathogens can enter the food supply through various extrinsic sources,
    such as contaminated irrigation water supplies. 

3.  Cucumber and tomatoes - Carry a high risk due to possible contaminated
    irrigation water or soil. 

4.  Beef - Beef is often contaminated with E.coli, as the deadly strand O157
    is commonly found in the large intestine of cattle. 

5.  Poultry - These animals can live unharmed while harboring bacteria that
    can be deadly to humans. 

6.  Milk - Unpasteurized milk can transmit serious infectious diseases.
    Those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of illness. 

7.  Pork - Can carry Listeria bacteria that poses serious risks to pregnant

8.  Fish and shellfish - Many fish and shellfish feed off of microbes found
    in seawater and often contain pathogens if that seawater is

9.  Eggs - Salmonella poisoning often results from the consumption of
    contaminated Grade A eggs. 

10. Peanut butter and granola bars (multi-ingredient items) - Norovirus is
    the most common food pathogen and largely associated with multi-
    ingredient items as a result of the necessary handling in production by
    food-industry workers. Everything from ice creams to nut butters are at

The nature and extent of foodborne diseases is ever changing with newly emerging foodborne bacteria appearing constantly. This points to the need to protect Canadians not only through awareness, but also through the best technology possible. Irradiation of food, a widely accepted and adopted process in the USA and across Europe, is increasingly being discussed and considered by Canadians.

The process of Irradiation can significantly reduce pest and pathogen risk contamination when food is treated with electrical energy (electrons) through the use of an electron beam accelerator. Vancouver-based Iotron Industries Canada Inc. possesses the technology and capacity to offer a viable, safe and green solution to foodborne illness through food irradiation. Iotron’s President and CEO, Tino Pereira comments;

“Food recalls in Canada over the past few years have intensified concerns over food safety, and since then we have seen increased support for irradiation technology from the academic world, private companies and the Canadian public. Iotron has welcomed the support and have offered our 20 years of knowledge and expertise to these groups and organizations. We understand the mitigation of risk offered through irradiation and believe in its application to counter food risks in Canada.”

In a recent article in the Winnipeg Free Press, Dr. Rick Holley, Department of Food Science Professor at University Manitoba, argues it is time to use food irradiation for our collective good.

Pairing an awareness of the risks carried by certain foods and the protection offered through food irradiation would provide Canadians with ample protection against another massive food recall. It would offer some solace to those who understandably cannot keep up with the 477 recalls every year.


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Pathogen Food Risk: 10 Everyday Foods That Can Cause Illness

December 5th, 2012


Your juicy burger may look tasty, but what’s actually in it?

This year alone, there have been over 477 food recalls in Canada, including one the biggest ones in Canadian history, a massive country-wide sweep of beef products from Alberta-based XL Foods. XL Foods’ recall included over 1,500 items pulled off shelves in every province and 41 states down south, according to the CBC.

But food products go a long way before actually making you sick. Food can be contaminated on farms, in water and even during production through processing, storage and transportation, and pathogens are often to blame. And in some cases, contamination can even occur in restaurants and fast food joints.

These microorganisms, which include bacteria (like E. coli), viruses and parasites, are found in food and can cause illness, according to Health Canada. Consuming contaminated food or drinks can result in flu-like symptoms and nausea, vomiting, bloody stool, diarrhea or fever. There are about 11 million cases of foodborne illness in Canada every year.

Now this is not to imply that one should never eat these foods again, but Health Canada suggests consumers watch out for warnings and recalls to ensure the safety of their food. The agency also lists every warning and recall in Canada by month of occurrence. All of these foods listed below are healthy and delicious, but to be safe, remember to wash fruits and veggies before consumption, cook meat thoroughly and prepare foods on different cutting boards.

So how can you easily figure out what to be on the lookout for? Iotron Industries Canada Inc, a Vancouver-based food safety company, has put together 10 everyday foods and drinks that consumers should be aware of — so watch those plates and stay safe.

10 foods that can make you sick:

Fruits And Nuts:
Fruits and nuts are often consumed in their raw form, which can pose a risk of causing illness, according to Iotron Industries Canada Inc. in Vancouver B.C. Bacteria is usually killed during the cooking process in most foods.

Salad Leaves:
Your favourite salad could carry a high risk of pathogens simply because of easy access points. Contaminated water, for example, could carry illnesses and bacteria.

Cucumbers And Tomatoes:
Both these items carry a risk of food pathogens because of contaminated water or soil.

Beef can be contaminated with E. coli. In September, several stores yanked XL Foods’ beef products off shelves. Iotron adds E. coli is often found in the large intestine of cattle.

Unpasteurized milk can cause types of infectious diseases. People with weak immune systems are at a higher risk of getting sick, according to Iotron.

Raw pork or contaminated pork can carry listeria bacteria and may pose a risk to pregnant women.

Fish And Shellfish:
If seawater is contaminated, pathogens can end up in your fish.

This can start right from the farms: Eggs can be contaminated with salmonella, causing food salmonella poisoning and other illnesses.

Iotron adds that even though chickens can live unharmed with bacteria, the pathogens can be harmful when consumed by humans.

Peanut Butter And Granola Bars:
Norovirus is the most common food pathogen found in some multi-ingredient items like granola bars and peanut butter. This is often the result of food handling by industry workers. Always check out Health Canada’s list of recalls and warnings to be safe. 


The Huffington Post Canada  |  Posted: 12/04/2012 2:05 pm EST Updated: 12/04/2012 3:40 pm EST

E-beam targets E.coli enterprise

December 4th, 2012

Port Coquitlam company’s irradiation technology could cut contamination in meat and other foods but is not approved for use in Canada

The biggest meat recall in Canada’s history might have been avoided if Canadian meat packers were allowed to irradiate meat and poultry to kill pathogens, says a Port Coquitlam company that builds and operates electron-beam processing technology.

Iotron Industries Inc. uses e-beams for various industrial applications, including sterilizing medical equipment. But the technology is also used to kill pathogens in food, like the E. coli bacteria that forced Alberta’s XL Foods Inc. to undertake a massive meat recall and triggered multiple lawsuits, costing the company as-yet-undisclosed millions. Or like listeriosis – fears over which prompted last week’s suspension of Edmonton manufacturer Capital Packers’ operating licence, pending an investigation into its meat products.

Iotron recently built a $15 million e-beam processor in Indiana, where e-beam irradiation for meat and other foods has been approved. “This technology is used successfully in other places for ground beef, and there’s a hugely reduced risk of recalls,” said Alex English, Iotron’s sales and marketing manager. “If you have the option of preventing somebody from getting sick or dying, why wouldn’t you use it?”

Irradiation is approved – although not required – in Canada, but only for spices, potatoes, onions, wheat, flour and dehydrated seasonings. Health Canada studied and then recommended the use of irradiation for ground beef, poultry, shrimp, prawns and mangoes in 2002, but it was rejected for the same reason the pasteurization of milk and chlorination of water originally met with resistance: public opposition.

“A lot of people have compared it to what happened with the pasteurization of milk,” English said. “No one has any concerns about having pasteurized milk or cheese now.”

Opponents cite studies that show irradiation can cause micronutrient loss in foods and has been linked with carcinogens.

“Because radiation is known to cause cancer, there has been concern that food irradiation may present a cancer risk,” the American Cancer Society states. “However, radiation does not remain in foods that have been irradiated.”

Irradiation of foods is most commonly done with gamma rays from cobalt 60, a radioactive isotope. Nordian in Montreal provides gamma ray irradiation services for the medical field and for some types of food. E-beam processing does not use radioactive materials.

“The technology exists, it’s safe, it’s clean, it’s using electricity, so it’s renewable,” English said. “We’re minimizing the risk to human health in the hospital operating room, but we’re not doing it for our food. But the process is the same: you take a product in its final packing and you sterilize it, and it’s shelf-stable.”

An e-beam processor costs about $15 million. English said they could be built near meat- processing plants and operated on a fee-for-service basis, like the one it operates in Indiana. Or the meat packers could just build their own e-beam plants.

Considering how much a listeriosis or E. coli contamination can cost in lawsuits and recalls, English said the economics make sense. “The cost benefit is strong,” English said. “It’s just a matter of getting that message across.”

Iotron and Acsion Industries in Manitoba are the only commercial e-beam processors in Canada providing irradiation for sterilization.


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By Nelson Bennett Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:01am PST

Iotron to become Hoosier-based company run by Hoosier values

April 26th, 2012
Tino Pereira – President/CEOBy Tino Pereira
Thursday, April 26, 2012

On March 15, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Whitley County’s Park 30 to celebrate the opening of Iotron Industries Canada/USA Inc. $15 million investment in northeast Indiana’s newest technology-based industrial facility.

During that ceremony, I offered my remarks for the basis of our decision to open this facility in your region. I assure you that our firm has taken the decision to locate a site, community and employees for this major investment very seriously.

It is no small achievement for your region to become the home to our first U.S. facility. Despite Hoosiers’ honest humility, I am writing this letter to congratulate the leaders and residents of northeast Indiana that they might appreciate why they are well-positioned for economic growth in the future.

When Iotron Industries Inc. began working on our expansion project, we were not initially aware of the strategic factors that would ultimately lead us to northeast Indiana, but please allow me to list them for you, as I think that sometimes Hoosiers are a bit too modest about touting or even acknowledging their major assets.

We were not aware of Indiana’s nationwide success on all significant economic indicators or that the state has been in a surplus position fiscally while other states have struggled to remain solvent.

We were not aware of the strategic, surprisingly energetic engagement and collaborative approach that the state of Indiana, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the regional business community would be employing to unify, optimize infrastructure assets and capitalize on business opportunities.

We were not aware of Whitley County’s and Kosciusko County’s economic development corporations’ aggressive approach to developing cluster industry strategies and to building solid relationships.

We were not aware of Indiana’s focus on entrepreneurship — the partnering of academia, industry and the business community to stimulate innovation and growth.

We were not aware of the emphasis on capacity building — the efforts taken to attract, train, educate and retain talent in the area.

Finally, we were not aware of Indiana’s reputation as a great place in which to live, work and invest.

I had a conversation with our chairman of the board many months ago in which I asked him what the fundamental tipping point was on the decision to locate in Indiana. This is how he responded: “It was simply the people we met, the values they stand for and how they have embraced our company. I want to do business with people I can trust!”

Based on this simple principle and effective decision, Iotron will endeavor to become a Hoosier-based company that is run by Hoosier values.

So now, we’re here, and we’ve turned the lights on in our new facility. We expect that our new dimension of service will impact and enable many companies to grow in the orthopedic, medical device, disposable materials, plastics, aerospace/defense, food safety and agribusiness sectors.

The opening of Iotron Industries USA was indeed a day for celebration and personal satisfaction for our company, but the work has just begun. It is only the start of our promise and a pledge to the “Crossroads of the Midwest.”

We will be building a new company here in northeast Indiana that will employ highly skilled labor, that is profitable and that will give us the capacity to be good corporate citizens that give back to the community.

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