Enwin announces tech buyer of Ouellette Avenue building

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Windsor Star/Taylor Campbell




Enwin has sold its 40,000-square-foot downtown headquarters to the tech company it announced a business partnership with at the start of the year.

Tessonics Inc., which develops and manufactures ultrasonic technologies for medical and industrial applications, will move into the three-storey 1950s-era building at 787 Ouellette Ave. sometime next year — after Enwin finishes renovating its Rhodes Drive operations centre and relocates its workers there.

“With fewer than 100 employees now at the Ouellette Avenue office building, large parts of the building are under-utilized and the costs of maintaining unneeded office space simply could not be justified over the long term,” said Helga Reidel, president and CEO of Enwin.

Over the past few years, Enwin has combined its water and electricity divisions, eliminated redundancy and modernized operating systems, all to keep costs low and service high, Reidel said.

“One of our chief concerns was to find the right buyer, with the right fit for our downtown,” she said.

Tessonics fits that bill, said Reidel.

The locally based international company’s current office is an 8,000-square-foot building on Ouellette two blocks from its newly purchased headquarters.

Joe Udzbinac, chief operating officer of Tessonics, said the company needs more space to expand.

“The opportunity to continue to grow our infrastructure and to stay in the heart of Windsor is essential to maintaining our international status, and the continuous stream of visitors coming from the USA and abroad,” Udzbinac said.

The location will house Tessonics’ research and development, software and administrative staff, he said. It will also serve as the new headquarters for True Phantom Solutions Inc., a company co-founded by Tessonics president Dr. Roman Maev that designs and manufactures highly realistic body parts for research and teaching purposes.

About 60 workers will move in to the new building once Tessonics gets the keys, Udzbinac said. Since that’s not nearly enough to put the entire space to use, the company plans to lease out part of the building until it expands further.

ONtech Rapid Coatings Inc., the company established in January through a collaboration between Enwin and Tessonics, may be headquartered in the Ouellette Avenue building also, he said, but that has not yet been confirmed. ONtech uses cold spray technology to form corrosion-resistant coatings that extend the life of industrial equipment.

Udzbinac would not say how much Tessonics is paying Enwin for the building. He also said his company has not yet decided whether it will rent, lease or sell its current home at 597 Ouellette Ave. once it moves up the road.