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September 2017 | Prodomax Automation Ltd.

Prodomax Automation investing $2.9M to expand Barrie, Ont plant

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The project will create 20 new jobs at the Ontario manufacturer, which makes robotic systems for Ford, GM and several other major automakers.

An Ontario manufacturing automation firm based north of Toronto is bolstering its operations with an approximately $2.9 million expansion project.

Prodomax Automation Ltd., which supplies automated robotic systems to big-name automakers such as Ford, GM, BMW and Volkswagen, plans to add more floor space at its Barrie, Ont. plant, as well as bring in new equipment and staff.

The automation company will invest $2.7 million in the expansion while the provincial government will contribute $233,800 through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.

Along with putting the company in a better position to compete internationally, the project will create 20 new jobs in Barrie.

“Our company has come a long way since its inception in 1971 when it was founded in a garage in Barrie,” Carolyn McGoey Garvey, one of Prodomax’s two co-CEOs, said in a statement. “Through these partnerships, we are able to almost double our plant space to over 200,000 square feet and prepare ourselves for the next wave of automotive innovation.”

Prodomax expects to complete work on the expansion by fall 2020.

http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/financing/prodomax-automation-investing-2-9m-expand-barrie-ont-plant-201954/

Canadian Manufacturing

September 25, 2017

Ontario and Prodomax Automation create 20 new jobs

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Prodomax will expand its current facility, invest in state-of-the-art equipment and improve its production capabilities.

Ontario is partnering with Prodomax Automation Ltd. to help expand its facilities, creating 20 new jobs and retaining 133 positions in Barrie.

Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie, made the announcement today on behalf of Jeff Leal, minister Responsible for Small Business.

Prodomax Automation is an industrial engineering firm focused on designing complex manufacturing production systems for automotive companies specializing in robotic welding, laser cutting and material handling.

The company is one of the largest automation integrators in North America having delivered over a billion dollars worth of equipment since 1971 to its customers who in turn build parts for companies including Chrysler, Ford, GM, Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen.

With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, Prodomax will expand its current facility, invest in state-of-the-art equipment and improving its production capabilities. These enhancements will allow the company to expand its product line, take on more business and compete on a global stage.

Supporting business investment in southwest Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quotes

“Supporting manufacturers in their efforts to modernize and innovate is a top priority for our government. Our partnership with Prodomax is helping the company expand, create new jobs and grow the economy in Barrie, just one of many ways we are fostering an environment for the sector to succeed and grow.” – Jeff Leal, minister Responsible for Small Business

“I want to congratulate Prodomax Automations on all of their success over the last number of years. Creating these jobs makes our community stronger while enhancing the value of our business sector. The City of Barrie is full of endless possibilities. I am thrilled that this company has recognized its potential and chosen to expand their business operations here.” – Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

“Our company has come a long way since its inception in 1971 when it was founded in a garage in Barrie. Through these partnerships, we are able to almost double our plant space to over 200,000 square feet and prepare ourselves for the next wave of automotive innovation. Thank you to the provincial government for encouraging this initiative. On behalf of our Co-CEO Don Leslie and myself, the Prodomax Team is excited to be expanding our technology portfolio and embrace the opportunities that are presenting themselves in our industry.” – Carolyn McGoey Garvey, CO-CEO

Quick facts

Ontario is investing $233,800 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund for this project, supporting an additional investment of $2,689,200 from Prodomax Automation. The project is expected to be completed by October 2020.

Since 2013, the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and Eastern Ontario Development Fund have helped to create and retain over 45,000 jobs and have attracted approximately $2.2 billion in investment. The funds cover up to 15 per cent of eligible project costs, with the recipient company funding the remainder from its own resources.

Ontario is accepting applications for the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund from qualified businesses that are growing and creating jobs. Sectors eligible for the fund include advanced manufacturing, food processing, life sciences, information and communications technology, tourism and cultural industries.

Ontario’s five-year, $650-million Business Growth Initiative is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and “modernizing regulations for businesses.

https://www.barrietoday.com/local-news/ontario-and-prodomax-automation-create-20-new-jobs-723950

Barrie Today

September 23, 2017

Ontario Supporting Jobs and Business Expansion in Barrie

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Prodomax Automation Investment to Support More Than 150 Jobs

Ontario is partnering with Prodomax Automation Ltd. to help expand its facilities, creating 20 new jobs and retaining 133 positions in Barrie.

Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie, made the announcement today on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business.

Prodomax Automation is an industrial engineering firm focused on designing complex manufacturing production systems for automotive companies specializing in robotic welding, laser cutting and material handling. The company is one of the largest automation integrators in North America having delivered over a billion dollars’ worth of equipment since 1971 to its customers who in turn build parts for companies including Chrysler, Ford, GM, Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen.

With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, Prodomax will expand its current facility, invest in state-of-the-art equipment and improving its production capabilities. These enhancements will allow the company to expand its product line, take on more business and compete on a global stage.

Supporting business investment in southwest Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $233,800 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund for this project, supporting an additional investment of $2,689,200 from Prodomax Automation. The project is expected to be completed by October 2020.
  • Since 2013, the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and Eastern Ontario Development Fund have helped to create and retain over 45,000 jobs and have attracted approximately $2.2 billion in investment. The funds cover up to 15 per cent of eligible project costs, with the recipient company funding the remainder from its own resources.
  • Ontario is accepting applications for the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund from qualified businesses that are growing and creating jobs. Sectors eligible for the fund include advanced manufacturing, food processing, life sciences, information and communications technology, tourism and cultural industries.
  • Ontario’s five-year, $650-million Business Growth Initiative is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and “modernizing regulations for businesses.

Quotes

“Supporting manufacturers in their efforts to modernize and innovate is a top priority for our government. Our partnership with Prodomax is helping the company expand, create new jobs and grow the economy in Barrie, just one of many ways we are fostering an environment for the sector to succeed and grow.” Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business

“I want to congratulate Prodomax Automations on all of their success over the last number of years. Creating these jobs makes our community stronger while enhancing the value of our business sector. The City of Barrie is full of endless possibilities. I am thrilled that this company has recognized its potential and chosen to expand their business operations here.” Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

“Our company has come a long way since its inception in 1971 when it was founded in a garage in Barrie. Through these partnerships, we are able to almost double our plant space to over 200,000 square feet and prepare ourselves for the next wave of automotive innovation. Thank you to the provincial government for encouraging this initiative. On behalf of our Co-CEO Don Leslie and myself, the Prodomax Team is excited to be expanding our technology portfolio and embrace the opportunities that are presenting themselves in our industry.” Carolyn McGoey Garvey, CO-CEO

https://news.ontario.ca/sb/en/2017/09/ontario-supporting-jobs-and-business-expansion-in-barrie.html

Ontario Newsroom

September 22, 2017

Which Barrie manufacturer benefited from provincial funding Friday?

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Prodomax Automation is getting a financial endorsement from the provincial government.

Ontario will invest $233,800 in the Barrie industrial engineering firm through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund. Prodomax will use the money to expand its current facility, invest in state-of-the-art equipment, and improve production. These enhancements will allow the company to expand its product line and take on more business.

“Prodomax is a valued member of our business community,” Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth said in an announcement at the Welham Road plant Sept. 22.

Two other local companies received money through the fund last year, she said.

he funds cover up to 15 per cent of eligible project costs, with the recipient company funding the remaining amount. This expansion has created 20 new full-time jobs.

Prodomax designs complex manufacturing production systems for automotive companies. It is one of the largest automation integrators in North America, having delivered over a billion dollars in equipment since 1971. Its customers then build parts for companies, including Chrysler, Ford, GM, Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen.

“Our company has come a long way since it was founded in a Barrie garage,” Prodomax co-CEO Carolyn McGoey Garvey said. “We’ve put the funds to great use. They help us compete against the best in the world.”

https://www.orangeville.com/news-story/7571805-which-barrie-manufacturer-benefited-from-provincial-funding-friday-/

By Chris Simon, Barrie Advance

September 22, 2017

 

Barrie Company Growing Thanks To Provincial Funding

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Prodomax Automation Benefiting From Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

A local engineering firm is benefiting from a provincial betterment fund. Prodomax Automation is getting just over $233 thousand bucks to expand its operation, creating 20 jobs and retaining 133 here in Barrie. The money comes from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, and will provide state-of-the-art equipment and improving production capabilities. “Our company has come a long way since its inception in 1971 when it was founded in a garage in Barrie.” says CO-CEO Carolyn McGoey Garvey, “Through these partnerships, we are able to almost double our plant space to over 200,000 square feet and prepare ourselves for the next wave of automotive innovation. Thank you to the provincial government for encouraging this initiative.”

http://rock95.com/barrie-company-growing-thanks-to-provincial-funding/

By Brett Glover, Rock 95

September 22, 2017

Local businesses support FIRST Robotics event at Georgian

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On March 25 and 26, Georgian College is hosting Barrie’s largest ever robotics competition. Several local businesses are rallying to support the event.

Nissan is the presenting sponsor. Honda is the Georgian Team Pit and Machine Shop Sponsor. Prodomax is the food lounge and meal sponsor. InvestBarrie is an event partner. Advanced Motion and Controls Ltd is an event supporter.

The FIRST Robotics competition will pit 35 robots, built and programmed by teams of Ontario high school students, against one another. The teenaged teams are currently hard at work developing custom, 120-pound machines to achieve specific tasks like collecting fuel, installing gears, and climbing structures.

“It’s always great to see the community rallying behind young people,” says Stephanie Knight, Manager of Resource Development at Georgian College. “We’re particularly excited about this event because it allows high school students to develop skills in innovation, technology and teamwork – all values held by our local event sponsors.”

Sponsors aren’t just supporting the event financially, many are also providing volunteers – notably competition judges. Teams will receive awards for everything from great engineering to professionalism in the robot pit.

Approximately 100 volunteers are needed from March 24 to 26 to ensure the competition runs smoothly – March 24 is set-up day. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit firstroboticscanada.org.

More than 1,000 people – students, competitors, coaches, industry leaders, and supporters – will be at the Barrie Campus to participate in and watch the robots and young inventors in action.

http://www.georgiancollege.ca/news/local-businesses-support-first-robotics-event-at-georgian/

Georgian College

February 10, 2017

Leslie Tells how his Company Went From a Tiny Machine Builder to a Vehicle Underbody Specialist

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In an interview with Business Review Canada, Don Leslie, Vice President of Sales for Prodomax Automation discusses how his Company rebranded itself from a small specialized machine builder to a vehicle underbody specialist.

Prodomax Automation works very closely with its customers to come up with a manufacturing solution that’s going to work for them. “We use lean manufacturing principles to develop a manufacturing solution that’s going to work for them in their plan,” says Leslie in the article. “We consider components such as robot utilizations, operator utilizations, ergonomics and material flow products coming in and out of the cell, minimizing operator walk distances, and just employing a lot of those lean concepts into the systems that we’re designing for our customers.”

At Prodomax Automation, customer satisfaction entails executing a job on time and on budget, and a happy customer will come back and buy more equipment. “That’s really where the success of our company comes from is providing our customers with an economic solution and following through to ensure they have a successful start up for themselves,” Leslie adds.

https://www.prlog.org/11027228-leslie-tells-how-his-company-went-from-tiny-machine-builder-to-vehicle-underbody-specialist.html

By Chad Recchia, Press Release Distribution

October 26, 2010