Newsflash May 2019 – Next Dimension has New VP
APAG Elektronik held its official opening on April 2, 2019, which included plant tours and a luncheon at the Windsor Club. Guests included APAG’s customers from Europe, many of whom may bring their product development and North American manufacturing business to Windsor Essex via APAG, located at 3505 Rhodes Drive. In January, APAG received approval for a $4M repayable, FedDev contribution for capital renovations, equipment and training, plus an additional $100,000 grant for IT from the Ontario Centres of Excellence. The company is currently engaged in R&D for automotive customers and launches its first production line this June. As with many sectors, some of the biggest technological challenges facing companies trying to break into the North American automotive industry are the result of trends that are disrupting the marketplace, and APAG works in that arena every day. APAG is not an automotive parts manufacturer, but rather specializes in R&D, hardware and software design, and lighting. An estimated 95% of its product will be exported to the U.S. market. In addition, “The grand opening was a time for us to announce and introduce our new Canadian-based Vice President Operations, Marjory Craw-Ivanco, to our customers and invited guests,” says Anand Kanoria, APAG’s Vice Chair, Board of Directors and Joint CEO-Operations. “Marjory comes to APAG following a rich career in R&D as well as manufacturing. She has already moved to Windsor from Oakville, Ontario, and will help us to replicate our European-style manufacturing and production facility in North America, based in Windsor. With our proven record for quality, APAG will make a strong partner for the North American automotive OEMs.” APAG offers full-service R&D (e.g., hardware & software development, lighting and mechanical designs, and testing) and production (e.g., design for manufacturing, design for cost, automation and test concepts). The company supplies the automotive sector, as well as quality-conscious non-automotive customers, with a focus on the demanding global automotive OEM supply chain. APAG recently renovated a former 32,000 sq. ft. one-storey, FedEx facility in Windsor to create an R&D and production facility for exporting mainly to the USA, pending government incentives. The company currently has close to 20 employees at its Canadian operation, with a goal of 151 employees proposed over the next five years and close to 500 worldwide. While APAG’s corporate headquarters will continue to be based in Switzerland, supported by the German subsidiary, the corporate headquarters for the electronic control unit development for concept lightning will be in Windsor.
For more than a century, Goodwill Industries has played an essential role in providing jobs, skills development and economic prosperity for people who face challenges to finding employment such as poverty, disability, skills deficits and other disadvantaging conditions. Prompted by changes in the economic landscape and timely transitions of leadership, Goodwill Industries Essex Kent Lambton (EKL), serving Sarnia, Windsor, Chatham and the surrounding regions, and Goodwill Industries Ontario Great Lakes, began collaborating over the past year to find synergies and efficiencies to foster continued success, promote sustainability and maximize opportunity to invest in people and mission services. “It became clear that coming together as one Goodwill makes good sense,” says Lynne Cram, Chair Goodwill, Ontario Great Lakes’ Board of Directors. Therefore, as of March 31, 2019 the two Goodwill organizations were united within Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes. “The organizations will be stronger as one, sharing a common mission, methods of operation, programs and brand,” adds Dave Watson, Chair, Goodwill EKL Board of Directors. For the vast majority of team members, clients, mission services, stakeholders and business operations, little will change in the day-to-day workings of the merged organization. Visit online for the full press release plus learn how you can donate and shop at area stores to create even more new job opportunities!
NEW IN BIZ
As of March 2019, Rock-A-Bye Baby Boutique, 48 Talbot Street North, is Essex Centre’s newest baby boutique offering clothing, nursery décor, strollers, baby accessories and more. Initially, the store has one full-time employee. “I see this town becoming more populated and many young families are moving here,” states Kaitlyn Nussio, Owner. “Over the last few years, downtown Essex has become more attractive and offers more to the community. I am a true believer in supporting local and believe my business will be a huge asset to our town.” Get more details on this new biz on Facebook.”
Kabobgy, a family-owned business — with four locations throughout Windsor and Essex County — also opened in Essex Centre in March at 58 Talbot Street North. The restaurant serves Syrian food (such as: shish kafta, shawarma, hummus, spinach pie, kabobs and more) and employs seven to eight full and part-time employees. Owner Wadi Hadad states, “I chose Essex because I like small towns and we have lots of clients from Essex already coming to our other locations.” To view a menu and find out where all their locations are in the region visit online.
Baby Envy Boutique, opened by Phong Nguyen in September 2018, is a new small Canadian retailer with big dreams and even bigger goals. With a strong belief in hard work and kindness, the boutique’s selection of product is growing weekly with high quality brands for pregnancy, newborn and beyond. You can register with them; custom design/order your dream nursery; purchase hip and safe new baby gear; or just browse for a special one of a kind gift! Nguyen and her team believe all customers should we receive knowledgeable, trustworthy and honest answers so be sure to visit them in the heart of Olde Riverside at 5850 Wyandotte Street East in Windsor.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO . . .
Congratulations to Lomar Machine Repair Inc., 1885 Moro Drive, Windsor, celebrating over 25 years of serving the tool, die, mould and machine shops across the region. Frank Cirino, Lomar’s President, established the company in 1993 to provide maintenance and repair services for manual and CNC industrial equipment. Since then, the company has evolved to include the sale of CNC machines and automated systems. It has built a solid reputation in the region by caring for each customer’s success while providing prompt and highly skilled technical support.
The Town of Tecumseh is pleased to welcome Marg Misek-Evans as the new Chief Administrative Officer as of April 8, 2019, following the retirement of Tony Haddad. Misek-Evans was most recently the City of Sarnia’s Chief Administrative Officer and she has spent the last 30 years in municipal government. Prior to her work with Sarnia, she worked in Victoria, British Columbia with the Capital Region District and with the County of Oxford. “I am excited to begin my new role with the Town of Tecumseh,” Misek-Evans says. “I am happy to support Council’s strategic direction working in collaboration with an experienced and knowledgeable team who has been recognized for their regional work.” Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available online.
Next Dimension Inc. is proud to announce Andrew Ford as the company’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing who will enhance their sales performance and overall business growth in central and southern Ontario. “I am excited to join Next Dimension at this transformational time in the company’s history,” Ford states. “Adam Davis (CEO of Next Dimension Inc.), with the support of Peter Needham (VP, People & Performance), has assembled a strong management team around a mission; to provide Next Dimension’s current and future customers with a strategic partner delivering technology services and innovations that support business results. After 13 years of sales performance management consulting with a wide array of technology entrepreneurs, Next Dimension is the right opportunity to bring all that experience together to accelerate our success.” In 2006, Ford successfully launched Sales CoPilot, a sales performance management consulting practice; has held roles from Account Executive to President, and is a recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement” Award for his contributions to TechConnex in the GTA. Next Dimension Inc. is a premier North American IT Service Provider, headquartered in Windsor, with offices in London, Waterloo, Markham, and Detroit.
HALL OF FAME
St. Clair College hosts their 27th annual “Alumni of Distinction” Awards dinner on Friday, May 10 at the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts. The awards honour the 2019 recipients who have graduated in the areas of Health Sciences, Business & Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Media, Art & Design, Community Studies and Recent Graduate (in the last five years). The “Alumni of Distinction” Awards were created to celebrate outstanding commitment, passion, and dedication, not only to their respective communities, but also to their families. The 2019 “Alumni of Distinction” honourees are: Chantelle Bacon-Macri, Co-Founder, Fight Like Mason Foundation; Christopher Bozzetto, Lead Texture Artist, Soho VFX in Toronto, Ontario; Barb Brown, Executive Director, Connections Early Years Family Centre, Windsor; Larry Koscielski, Vice President of Process & Technology Development, CentreLine (Windsor) Ltd., Chair of Windsor Essex FIRST Robotics; Justin Lammers, Deputy Chief, Essex-Windsor EMS; and Nicolas Seguin, Business and Information Technology Application Architect, Domino’s Pizza corporate headquarters, Ann Arbor, Michigan.