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A Look at Aerospace Manufacturing in Ontario

The aerospace manufacturing sector in Ontario brings in annual revenue of 5.3 billion dollars, which can largely be attributed to exports. In fact, 80% of that number accounts for satisfied global customers and buyers who rely on Ontario’s contributions to carry their supply chain from concept through to actual production.

Why Ontario?

The reasons are many and the Ontario Canada database does a great job of putting them in perspective.

Having an educated workforce that benefits from the presence of universities and programs that train students on cutting edge technologies like light weight composites and digital imaging helps. As does a competitive tax structure that helps keep manufacturing costs lower than any other G7 nation in the world.

The accelerators and incubators focused on the aviation industry foster a culture of inquisitiveness and excellence. The workforce is capable of custom creating parts to the most demanding specifications while concentrating on reducing greenhouse emissions and bringing down the fuel requirements per passenger.

Ontario is a hub of aggressive and collaborative research and development. From landing gear systems to satellite components to electronic systems and avionics, the 200 plus manufacturers serve and support all possible areas of the aviation industry with reliable, just in time products and services.

Ontario Manufacturers Making an Impact

The province boasts over 125 aerospace programs which help set Ontario apart as a leader in manufactured components. The sky is the limit and the coming decade will set the tone for the future of aerospace design.

Ranking high on the list of Ontario’s Top Aerospace Manufacturing Players, Shimco is known for our innovative solutions and proactive R&D projects.

With a track record of success, we excel at using high grade CNC machining and proprietary processes to add exceptional detail to our custom parts that are unrivalled in the industry.

We are proud to be considered a “high flyer” in Ontario, and continue to push ourselves toward further growth. To learn more about our company and how we fit into Ontario’s aerospace manufacturing landscape, feel free to visit us online.

New Building and Location for Shimco Headquarters Announced

Shimco, a world-wide leader in the manufacture of precision parts and gap-management solutions, announced today the upcoming move of Shimco’s headquarters to a brand new building in Cambridge, Ontario. Ground breaking for the new site will take place in July 2015 with the relocation planned for December 2015.

The new 25,000 square foot facility in Cambridge will house the new headquarters of Shimco as well as a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, incorporating increased automation and the latest lean manufacturing principles. The manufacturing facility will see the addition of new machines with increased capabilities, robotics and RFID inventory tracking, allowing for a faster turn-around time for its customers’ orders. Further, in-line with the company’s vision of being at the leading edge of advanced manufacturing processes, it plans to collaborate with local educational institutions to create a ‘centre of excellence’ to commercialize leading edge manufacturing technologies. An additional 15,000 square foot expansion is also planned to incorporate surface treatment and testing, allowing the company to offer an end-to-end solution to its international customer base.

Cambridge is a well-known, diverse community with a history of success in the manufacturing sector. Many national and international brands have head offices or local manufacturing facilities in Cambridge such as ATS, Com Dev, Heroux Devtek, Magellan Aerospace, PCC Centra, Raytheon and Toyota, some of which are located near the planned new Shimco site.

During the relocation period, parallel manufacturing is planned for the current manufacturing site in Markham, Ontario and the new Cambridge location to ensure no interruption in deliveries to customers.

Peter Voss, President, CEO and owner of Shimco comments: “Shimco has a long and successful history from operations in our current location in Markham. The City of Markham has been very supportive of Shimco, including the local business association awarding us with a Business Excellence Award in Innovation last year. However, as a result of exponential growth stemming from our partnerships with many of the world’s largest Tier 1 and OEM aerospace companies, it was time for Shimco to relocate into a larger and more modern manufacturing facility. After researching multiple options, the site in Cambridge provided us with the right combination of building a cost-effective new facility within a dynamic and strategically located community known for advanced manufacturing. Our new facility will accommodate Shimco’s accelerated growth as well as our future expansion plans.”

New Manufacturing Facility

Planned site for Shimco’s new headquarters in Cambridge, Ontario