On March 30th, 2016, Belleville ON gasket manufacturer, Triangle Fluid Controls Ltd. (TFC) offered a facility tour in coordination with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), through the SMART Program – a collaboration with Canada’s Federal Economic Development Agency focusing on Ontario manufacturing. The insightful manufacturing tour welcomed members of the local community, industry peers, local policy makers, media and members of the CME to visit TFC, to learn about internal processes, manufacturing procedures, understand TFC’s business model and gain knowledge about reaching and exporting to markets around the globe.

The tour provided a free platform for TFC to openly share knowledge, information and expertise amongst business leaders, community partners as well as how to increase productivity, discuss TFC’s information & communication technologies and better monitor energy management and environmental performance. As Tom Gunsinger, C.E.T and President of Bel-Con Design-Builders Ltd. put it, “I know [the visitors] appreciate the sharing of information amongst peers – it helps everyone to strengthen and support each other instead of being adversarial – it’s great.”

“This [CME tour] allows Bel-Con to open up the doors through TFC to other manufacturers and others in the industry to see exactly what goes on at TFC and in the city of Belleville. TFC is one of Belleville’s hidden gems!” said Alan D. Langabeer, Business Development at Bel-Con Design-Builders Ltd.

Also in attendance was Todd Smith, MPP of Prince Edward-Hastings. “A lot of times you drive through the industrial park and see the buildings, yet have no idea what goes on inside – what the products are; how many people work there; the level of technology that’s involved – this was a good education.”

“It’s always interesting to see how complex every little project is,” he adds. “Knowing that a Belleville company is involved in massive projects around the world is pretty neat and that this type of technology, expertise and manufacturing capabilities are happening right in our own backyard.”

When asked about his thoughts on the facility, Bill Saunders, CEO of the Belleville Chamber of Commerce replied, “I think this is the classic example of a phenomenal success story that’s flown under the radar.  I don’t think the community and policy makers truly understand what happens here, the contribution to the community, the challenges they face and the opportunity to leverage this success with other businesses.”

If you are interested in a tour of Triangle Fluid Controls contact Mike Shorts at mike@trianglefluid.com or call our global headquarters at 1-866-537-1133.

 

 

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Triangle Fluid Controls VP & GM Mike Shorts welcomes visitors of the CME SMART Program tour to TFC.

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Laura Pixley from CME & Alan D. Langabeer from Bel-Con Design-Builders pose together before things get underway. Photo: snap’d Quinte.

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MPP of Prince Edward-Hastings, Todd Smith poses with TFC VP & GM, Mike Shorts, during the facility tour. Photo: snap’d Quinte.

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