Newton Group Ltd. has recently celebrated our 20th anniversary in the construction industry!
Our President, Ed Newton, was born in New Zealand, hence the name ‘Kiwi Newton’ and began his career constructing buildings on his family’s farm. In 1986, he travelled to England where he honed his skills and founded his first construction company, Kiwi Builders. Ed returned to New Zealand in 1990 to increase production on his family’s farm, then, in 1992, he left New Zealand and moved to Canada, where he settled in Guelph, Ontario. Ed Newton incorporated Kiwi-Newton Construction Ltd. October 24th, 1994 and hasn’t looked back.
Starting out with just himself, his tools and a truck, Ed took on increasingly challenging jobs and became known as a man with integrity and a commitment to “doing the job right”. As the jobs grew, so did the number of staff.
Kiwi Newton Construction was originally located in Ed’s home, moved to 351 Silvercreek Parkway, moved again to 280 Speedvale Ave, and when 351 Silvercreek Parkway became available again in 1998, he took over the entire building. The company was growing and more space was needed.
In 1998, Ed and a partner bought, demolished and re-built the award winning Seagram’s Lofts in Waterloo. They also bought the old Eaton Centre in downtown Guelph and transformed it into the beautiful professional offices and retail facility it is today, Old Quebec Street.
Seagram’s Lofts was completed in 2001 and in 2004 Old Quebec Street was fully open. The company continued to grow and construct more and more in the industrial, commercial, institutional (ICI) sectors, with particular emphasis on industrial buildings.
Ed is a visionary and after visiting Germany and meeting with a company called Goldbeck, he decided there was a need for an innovative way of building parking structures that had been in use in Europe for 20 years. The method he learned was the most popular method of building parking garages in Europe. He believed this European technology was needed here in Canada and could be fully adapted. Ed brought this new method of construction to Canada and moved his company into their present location at 41 Massey Road. This location has provided the company with the space needed to develop the CANADACAR parking structure system and produce the steel and concrete at one location, right in their own plant. The 30,000sf precast plant and 50,000sf steel plant were designed to produce all the elements for the parking structures. It took several years to perfect this construction technique and to pass, and indeed exceed, all the required Canadian standards. It took patience, perseverance and a brilliant mind to achieve this success. With the Markham GO Centennial and University of Windsor parking structures, the company is well on its way to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the parking industry.
Next, Ed saw the light and realized that the solar industry was growing and there was another opportunity for growth. The company’s solar group is still booming as an Engineer, Procurer, Constructor (EPC) and is becoming known through this construction sector as the “go-to” people.
Opportunities continue to fuel the company’s growth.
20 plus years after Ed started out with just his tools and his truck, the Newton Group employs many talents, houses a precast plant, steel plant, cranes, welders, project managers, project superintendents, health and safety officers, project coordinators, labourers, solar technicians, skilled draftsmen, engineers and more. The client list is long and the repeat clients and relationships formed continue to be paramount to the success of the Newton Group.