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Demand drives expansion at AMI

Company owner Steve Frey on the site of AMI Attachments’ new 3,900-square-metre addition to its Hawkesville facility. [Faisal Ali / The Observer]

Just four years ago, AMI Attachments found itself in need of a larger facility, prompting a move from Floradale to its current setting on the outskirts of Hawkesville. Now, the company is looking to grow again.

The heavy equipment attachments manufacturer is almost doubling the size of its facility in Hawkesville by an additional 3,900 square metres, and will be holding a job fair later this month to recruit new employees.

Citing increasing business in Canada and abroad as a factor, company owner Steve Frey said the company was looking to double their production capacity.

“What motivated the decision was just our workload,” said Frey. “We’ve run out of space quite quickly here and we have been challenged to deliver product to our customers in a timely fashion. So the business outlook is really strong for us, so we decided to take this step and expand here.”

AMI Attachments, founded in 2001, is a manufacturer of attachments for excavators and other heavy equipment. The company has seen market share boom over the years, significantly in the U.S.

“We had increased strong growth prior to the move. However, the strong growth trend definitely continued after the move. We’re gaining market share, I would say, in Ontario. Our Western Canada business has definitely increased and is our fastest growing market.”

It’s not just the size of the factory that’s increasing, as AMI Attachments will be looking to expand their workforce significantly as well. The company is hoping to add another dozen employees in the lead up to the facility expansion, and will be holding a job fair on March 30.

“We’re hoping to start out with an initial hire for the expansion of around 10 to 15, and 20 to 30 by the end of the year,” said Frey. “Basically we’re looking for a wide range of jobs to be filled, [like] welding, machining, robotic welding, brake press operators to assembly technicians as well.”

The job fair will be held at the AMI facility on 1270 Geddes St., just off Herrgott Road and north of the Ament Line intersection. Prospective employees will want to come prepared, though, as interviews will be conducted the day of the event. Résumés may also be sent to career@amiattachments.com.

“Anybody interested is welcome to come by anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and we’ll have some information about the jobs that need to be filled, and we’ll have some staff here to do onsite interviews on the spot as well.”

AMI Attachments was founded by Frey in 2001 with a 1,400 sq. m. facility  in Floradale. The company soon doubled their Floradale facility in size to 2,700 sq. m. as business took off, and later tripled in size in 2015 with a new facility in Hawkesville that offered 5,400 sq. m. The latest expansion will see the business almost double in size again with from 5,400 sq. m. to 9,300 sq. m.

“The expansion is almost complete,” said Frey. “It’s fully enclosed, but we’re hoping to move in about a month-and-a-half.”

The additional scope of the business could bring with it increased truck traffic along Herrgott Road outside of town. Currently, the business receives approximately five trucks at its facility each day.

“Potentially it could increase truck traffic on Herrgott, yes,” said Frey, adding he couldn’t estimate by how much. “I guess I’m not sure how to put a number to that.”

AMI Attachments is a manufacturer of attachments for heavy equipment such as excavators and wheel loaders, used in a wide range of industries, including mining, oil and gas, and road construction.

“Anything that goes on the stick of an excavator,” explained Frey. “From a digging bucket to a specialty grapple in transfer stations or any demolition grapples for tearing down buildings. And on a wheel loader, large snow buckets to specialty grapples as well.”

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