Soaking It Up
Valley Acrylic Bath Ltd. manufacture beautifully hand crafted bath and kitchen fixtures and fittings including bathtubs, showers, basins and even the kitchen sink! Proudly deemed 100% Canadian, with the production plant residing in Mission since 2010, all merchandise is sold on a wholesale basis to home improvement and bathroom retailers.
Stepping into their showroom takes you on a luxurious journey highlighting sleek designs and unique features, like the stiletto bathtub (shown below) all set to take your home to the next level of quality and water conservation. The 22 employees, half who call Mission home, take great pride in their craft but are also aspiring to become a zero waste manufacturer. Already recognized by the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) and a winner of the Urban Recycling Awards they are seen as a leader in sustainable manufacturing and innovation, now including reclaimed and recycled materials among their latest product lines.
Looking out of the office window directly onto the Fraser River, it is easy to see where the inspiration for an environmentally sound business comes from. Speaking to Ram Bansal, company CEO, he is a firm believer in leaving a lasting legacy with a company that is accountable and gives back to the community. The family run business is gradually passing to the next generation as Bansal proudly states his son and daughter are taking over the business and are currently making all of the executive decisions. Happy to lead by example, but also keen to allow them to work through their own choices, he advises that they are already dipping their toes into the American market, attending trade shows and building relationships to develop exporting opportunities.
They continue to soak up success obtaining 5 nominations for this year’s Small Business BC Awards in categories including “Best Company”, “Best Community Impact” and reaching the top 5 for “Best Employer”
“The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous, and enduring, and thus more intelligent, even competitive” – Paul Hawken