The industrial park located in Elmira’s south end is slowly taking shape as more businesses build in the area. Industrial parks are often considered major economic engines for the communities in which they reside. In Elmira, it has become a hub for manufacturing firms as well as distribution centres, warehouses, industrial suppliers and other industrial-related businesses.
Strategically located for companies whose activities extend beyond Elmira’s borders the park has a direct route accessing a highway for convenient and easy access to the rest of the region, which is valuable asset for many companies located in the park.
Last month, Tri-Mach Group Inc., a major multi-trade contractor and manufacturer of custom food processing equipment, announced it would be relocating its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility to that location.
Tri-Mach is a full service, turnkey design and solution provider to the food and beverage industry. It provides millwright and electrical services, as well as a fully-equipped stainless steel fabrication and machine shop.
“The company custom designs and builds food safe processing equipment to suit any application,” said Michael Hahn, president and CEO of Tri-Mach. “Our group is known for the revolutionary Ever-Kleen conveyor handling systems, a registered design which offers maximum protection in food safety.”
Moving from Kitchener to Elmira just made sense, said Hahn, as the new facility will accommodate the company’s current staff and anticipated future growth.
“We find in the Elmira area, being a farming community, that we get better recruitment for employees, especially people looking to get into the trades, which was a huge driver in our decision to move to the town,” said Hahn. “There are a lot of millwrights and electrical contractors in Elmira and that really helps us with our recruitment.”
“The location also suits our needs, as we needed to expand; we are looking to double in size over the next five years and we will need (people) to make that happen.”
Hahn joined Tri-Mach in January 2000 as part owner of the company. Instantly he began to shift and refocus the direction of Tri-Mach as a multi-trade services provider and was instrumental in bringing the Tri-Mach, Tri-Electric, Tri-Pack and Tri-Build families of brands together under one entity, Tri-Mach Group Inc. in 2006.
The business has more than 60 full-time employees, each trained to be hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) compliant and has completed a food safety and Goods Manufacturing Practices (GMP) training through the Guelph Food Technology Centre.
Over the years Tri-Mach has developed sanitary and food safe equipment as food safety guidelines are an integral part of the company’s policies and procedures that are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the latest food safety directives.
The new facility will provide additional space and capacity improving the company’s production efficiency. Moving from a 15,000-square-foot building to a 27,000-sq.-ft. facility almost doubles the space available to the company.
Construction began Mar. 1 at 23 Donway Court, with the steel shell of the building already erected. Tri-Mach is expecting to move into the new facility by the beginning of August.
“We have had explosive growth over the last few years and with sales getting to the point they are now at we just had to make the move to bigger facility and Elmira seemed to be the perfect fit,” said Hahn.