Photo: Playing it up for the camera are the “key” members of Elite Piano Studios. From left: Lucas Heney (Owner), Anita Sehra, Bethany Russell, Nadia Santoro, Brendan Friel, Justin Dow, Valene Daniel and Lisa Heney (Owner). Missing: Aidan Bujold. Photo courtesy of Matthew Chowtee.
NewsFlash July August 2017
Control system integration specialist Onyx Engineering Ltd. has been appointed as a Rockwell Automation Recognized System Integrator, offering superior application expertise for customers wanting a single resource for their Rockwell Automation based equipment. Rockwell Automation has an extensive range of industrial automation products and a worldwide reputation for high quality. The system integrator partnership with Rockwell Automation is designed to make automation and technology expertise available to all end users and machine builders, no matter what experience they have. Onyx Engineering Ltd., based in Windsor (2960 Jefferson Blvd; OnyxEngineering.com), is an award winning supplier of automation solutions with over 25 years of experience in the industry. The Onyx Engineering team is led by President Dave Nixon and Vice President Dino Oliva who, themselves, offer many years of experience in solving automation problems. As company founders and professional engineers, they are always looking to improve competency and what the company offers its customers. Services include machine upgrades, automotive systems, turnkey machine builds, packaging system upgrades, servo and robotic solutions, water treatment, kitchen and process control, stamping room expertise, together with vision systems, plus all the necessary manufacturing support and engineering. Onyx is joining a select group as one of only six recognized system integrators in Ontario. “We have always had a strong competency with Rockwell Automation technology,” says Project Manager Don Beadow. “This relationship makes us even better as a company.” Assembly and testing is carried out at Windsor with additional support from a field office in London.“We are particularly excited about the relationship with Rockwell,” adds Onyx Technical Sales Representative Jim Ische. “Our customers will be able to tap into the vast resources of this world leader in industrial automation.”
Jesse Garant Metrology Center (USA and Canada) has expanded its operations to accommodate the growing demand for high volume parts inspection for pre-production and production validation. With investments in new equipment and improved infrastructure, including state of the art industrial computed tomography systems for inspecting large parts, their enhanced capabilities solidify their position as leaders within the non-destructive testing and metrology parts inspection services industry. As part of a five year, $15 million roll-out investment in technology, Jesse Garant Metrology Center’s latest expansion includes a more diverse range of advanced imaging systems. The expansion includes a wider range of Industrial CT systems for improved inspection capabilities of industrial parts, digital x-ray systems for high volume part sorting, and new 3D scanning equipment for improved data capture of external features. “Our services are not only to provide our customers with the essential data they need to make qualified decisions, but to help meet the growing demand for larger scale part inspection projects, and continue to be a supporting role in the advancement of industry,” says Jesse Garant, President. With three locations within Michigan and Ontario, the company’s centrally located labs primarily serve as an essential hub for the automotive and aerospace industries. Through this investment, the company will continue to be the largest Industrial CT scanning service provider in North America with the greatest diversity of inspection systems available today. “This expansion means we’re able to easily adapt to industry and meet the challenges of parts inspection,” adds Garant. With clients ranging from local businesses to multinational corporations, the company has undergone steady expansion to meet demands from manufacturers around the globe. Last year, Jesse Garant Metrology Center was recognized as the 64th fastest growing business in Canada and second in Windsor Essex by PROFIT 500 and was also a finalist for “Ontario Exporter of the Year.” For more information, please visit: JGarantMC.com.
In mid-June Elite Piano Studios expanded to a new 2,500 sq. foot state-of-the-art music building at 3315 Banwell Road in Windsor featuring world-class student instruments, accomplished and veteran music teachers and acoustically engineered recital space. During a time when many were leaving the region for other opportunities Lisa and her husband Luke Heney found an abundance of opportunity right here in Windsor Essex. “We made the move to Windsor from Kingston, Ontario and started teaching piano out of our living room,” Lisa explains. “The community support was immense, and soon we purchased and renovated our first two room studio.” Lisa has been a piano instructor since 2004 and is also the co-founder of: GoiPiano.com. She continues by saying, “Our new space is a music enthusiasts’ dream. It allows us to offer everything that we have wanted to give our students and community, from purposefully-built Grand Piano rooms to expanding our services to include guitar, voice, songwriting lessons, summer camps, and workshops.” Stay in “tune” with this company at: ElitePianoStudios.com.
NEW IN BIZ
After 25 years as a teacher, Mary Beth Laing retired two years ago, but has recently decided to shift gears to operate her new business, A Touch of Swede, working from her home, 8385 Riverside Drive East in Windsor. (By appointment only: firstname.lastname@example.org). Laing invites potential customers to try her unique and attractive Authentic Swedish Dish Cloths in over 60 designs and colours. Designed in Sweden and printed in the U.K., these cloths are streak-free on surfaces like granite, stainless steel, glass, mirrors and more. “These cloths have been a staple in Scandinavian kitchens since 1949 but are hard to find in Canada,” she claims. Until now! Since the grand opening in May 2017 sales have since been brisk. “People love the performance, the beauty, and the Eco-friendliness of these cloths,” believes Laing. She has continued to expand the Touch of Swede Team by adding Independent Sales Reps in Windsor, Essex/County, Chatham, London, Cambridge and Durham Region. Teaming with local schools for fundraising endeavours is her personal focus when it comes to her Swedish inspired product. “It’s a great year long fundraising opportunity to provide families and communities with a novel, eco-friendly and easily handled product.” Laing welcomes schools, sports teams, dance companies and other organizations to contact her via Facebook for more information about how the Swedish Dish Cloths can go to work for local associations. “It’s a win-win,” says the former educator, who loves to talk about her product and share its beauty with others. But, that’s not all! Laing plans to launch sales of authentic Swedish inspired tea towels in September 2017.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO . . .
The Windsor Express Employment Professionals office (2885 Lauzon Parkway, Suite 118) recently celebrated 20 years in business. Owner Colleen Gaudette tells Biz X that the Express office opened May 5, 1997 and has since provided businesses and job seekers with employment solutions in a variety of fields, including industrial, clerical, skilled trades and professional. “The people and businesses of Windsor and Essex County have made these last 20 years great ones,” says Gaudette. “We have enjoyed helping area businesses to find the top talent they needed to take their businesses to the next level and job seekers to find their next career opportunity. We look forward to many more successful years.” Express is on a mission to put a million people to work annually. In 2016, the company generated $3.05 billion in sales and employed a record 510,000 people. Find out more by logging on to: ExpressPros.ca.
HALL OF FAME
Windsor Essex is winning big and being recognized for advancement in mental health education and awareness through the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) 2017 campaign, the “Sole Focus Project” (SoleFocusProject.ca). Douglas Marketing Group (DMG; ExperienceDMG.com), a Windsor-Detroit based advertising agency, is proud to accept their second international award for the recently launched campaign, which received a Platinum “Hermes Creative Award” prior to being honoured with a Gold Aster for “Total Advertising Campaign in Healthcare Education.” DMG worked closely with CMHA Windsor-Essex (on the web: WindsorEssex.CMHA.ca) to develop the campaign, whose mission is to build awareness for mental health while bringing education and programs forward to support people who are affected by mental illness across the region. The campaign also raises funds to ensure programs and educational outreach is a continuum for the community. Kim Willis, Director, Communications & Mental Health Promotion at CMHA-WECB adds, “The project and communications partnerships have been well received at and we are well on our way to raise the targeted $500,000.” The Sole Focus Project was launched in two parts — through a teaser (identities were hidden by green “soles” until the official campaign launch) and reveal campaign (with recognizable faces in the region) — and engaged participation from local leaders across business, media, community, sports and more. The strategy behind the creative was to profile the people of Windsor Essex as strong ambassadors for the cause.
HALL OF FAME
In early June, the Ontario Historical Society presented Museum Windsor with the 2016 “Russell K. Cooper” Award in recognition of the Museum Expansion Project. This award is presented to a living history museum, or a museum that delivers heritage-based programming, showing excellence in programming, ingenious problem solving, or site development. Museum Windsor’s almost $6 million expansion project showed innovation and creative problem solving utilizing budget-friendly, historically appropriate measures to utilize two closely-located sites (François Baby House, 254 Pitt Street West and the Chimczuk Museum, 401 Riverside Drive West) and to meet the needs of its expanding collection and diverse local community. Highlights of the successful expansion project include: a now combined museum and art gallery space; a new bilingual, permanent community history exhibition; a First Nations/Original Peoples gallery with views of the Detroit River; a large Detroit River themed concourse, which features images and artifacts selected through collaboration with public input; two large temporary galleries and a large programming room; a hands-on interactive space for children; and additional collections storage. Congrats to all museum staff!