Ontario manufacturing industries team up to address critical skills shortage
Four manufacturing organizations have banded together to hire and train unemployed/underemployed youth in a bid to address a critical shortage of CNC machinists in Ontario.
Davis-Standard CEO Bob Preston to step down
Extrusion equipment manufacturer Davis-Standard LLC is about to go on the hunt for a new CEO.
Todd Castile is DME’s new director of sales, Americas
Mold technology provider DME Company has a new director of sales for the Americas.
Moldmaker Unique Tool adding new capital equipment, staff
Windsor, Ont.-based moldmaker Unique Tool & Gauge is making a multi-million dollar capital equipment investment, and has also announced plans to hire at least 30 new workers.
SPE appoints Russell Broome as managing director
The Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) has appointed industry veteran – and former SPE president – Russell Broome as its new managing director.
Ontario safety blitz targets material handling hazards
Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) is launching a work place safety blitz that will focus on hazards involving material handling to ensure workers are safe on the job.
Engel’s automation group adds new staff
York, Pa.-based injection molding machine supplier Engel North America has added five new staff members to its automation group.
Conair appoints new sales managers
Auxiliary equipment supplier The Conair Group has appointed some well-known industry figures to its sales management team.
SPE looking for new managing director
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is searching for a new managing director.
RJG strengthens its Canadian presence
Process control systems supplier RJG Inc., of Traverse City, Mich., has added staff to increase its presence in Canada.
GM fined $34M for botched ignition switch recall, also recalls more vehicles
General Motors has been fined the maximum penalty of $35 million by U.S. safety regulators for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths, and is also issuing another huge recall over an…
Kevin Bell joins Hamilton Plastic Systems
Kevin Bell has joined Mississauga, Ont.-based auxiliary equipment supplier Hamilton Plastic Systems Ltd. as technical sales representative for Western Ontario.
Nova CEO Randy Woelfel steps down
Randy Woelfel, the CEO of Calgary-based polyethylene maker Nova Chemicals Corp., has stepped down after four years at the company’s helm.
GM restructures engineering staff
In response to a massive safety recall, General Motors is restructuring its Global Vehicle Engineering organization.
VersaFlex boosts presence in Canada, U.S.
VersaFlex Inc, a formulator and manufacturer of polyurea protective coatings, liners and sealants, is expanding its technical sales and service operations into regionally staffed units across Canada and the U.S.
Woman killed at Ontario blow mold shop
A 30-year-old woman is dead after a March 29 industrial accident at Woodbridge, Ont.-based blow molder CRS Plastics Ltd.
PolyOne head Stephen Newlin to retire
After eight years, Stephen Newlin is stepping down as head of material supplier PolyOne Corporation, to be replaced by Robert M. Patterson.
B.C. signs on to Canada Job Grant
British Columbia is the latest province to sign a framework agreement with the federal government on the Canada Job Grant.
Husky making global organizational changes; Michael Urquhart to retire
Husky Injection Molding Systems is making changes to its global organization, creating a new combined business unit dedicated to medical and specialty packaging; the company has also announced the retirement of long-time veteran Michael…
2014 budget gives boosts to exports, auto sector, and technical training
The 2014 federal budget will provide Ontario’s battered manufacturing sector with more than $1 billion in spending over the next two years to help the auto industry and build a new bridge to the U.S. at Windsor, Ont.
Axel Plastics Research names new Canadian sales rep
Mold release and process aid additives maker Axel Plastics Research Laboratories Inc., headquartered in Woodside, N.Y., has named Larry Lambert as Midwest and Pacific Northwest regional sales manager, also responsible for the provinces of…
Skills gap top barrier to Canadian competitiveness: Chamber of Commerce
Canada’s growing skills gap is the greatest impediment to business success, according to a new report from The Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Feds add $1 million to skills training program
The federal government is channeling another $1 million into a manufacturing skills training program aimed at filling skilled labor gaps in Canadian industry.
Five dead after blast at chemical plant in Japan
An explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan killed at least five workers and injured 17 others, according to authorities.
Ontario develops first workplace health and safety strategy
Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has developed what it calls the province’s first integrated strategy to prevent injuries and improve the delivery of workplace health and safety.
Looming skilled labor shortage in Canada is exaggerated: TD economists
A new report from the TD Bank claims that fears of a looming labor shortage in Canada as the workforce ages are largely unfounded.
Canadian economy lost $16.6 billion due to absenteeism: Conference Board
The Canadian economy lost $16.6 billion in 2012 due to absenteeism, according to a study by the Conference Board of Canada.
Fears of a U.S. manufacturing skills shortage are exaggerated: report
The projected shortage of skilled labor in the U.S. will be far less of a problem than many people believe in the short term, and it is unlikely to prevent a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing in the next few years, according to a new report…
First health study on fracking outlines potential effects
A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the…
290,000 jobs went unfilled in Canada in Q2: report
The job vacancy rate dropped in the second quarter but there are still 290,000 full- and part-time private sector jobs unfilled for four months or more, according to data compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
PolyOne names new president of its Performance Products and Solutions business
Resin supplier PolyOne Corporation has a new senior vice president and president of its Performance Products and Solutions business.
Sarnia plastics recycler fined after worker injury
A Sarnia, Ont.-based plastics recycler has been fined $410,000 after a worker was pinned and injured by a bale of plastic three years ago.