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For their leadership and support, we thank the CME Board of Directors 2012 - 2013 Board Chair: Reynold Martens Executive Vice President GHY International Kevin Berry, Director, Operations Effectiveness, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP Guy Chartier, Chief Executive Officer, BeeMaid Honey Ltd. Our Company

Cubex is an ISO 9001-registered Canadian ITH/DTH drill manufacturer, based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. With more than 35 years’ experience in the supply of mining equipment for the global mining market, Cubex has an install base of more than 500 underground drills and supporting products. Cubex has been established as the global leader in designing and manufacturing underground InTheHole (ITH/DTH) drill rigs. Cubex has underground drilling equipment operating in every major mining market and is used by the world’s largest mining companies and contractors. Cubex’s line of track mounted or rubber-tired articulated drill rigs and booster compressors deliver superior drilling accuracy providing a lower cost per ton for production mining applications. The robust ITH/DTH drills can also be utilized for drilling service holes, V-30 slot-raising and Wassara Water Hammer applications.

Our Process

Our ability to deliver truly innovative solutions starts with the customer. Each mine has unique drilling problems and issues to overcome. Through continuous communication, we uncover and design drilling solutions that work. We rely upon our decades of experience designing and manufacturing ITH/DTH production drills to ensure a high-quality build that operators prefer to use because the equipment has been engineered to their needs and specific application requirements. We have proven this methodology, coupled with a modular design, works across the world and at any mine site. A recent project had a number of challenges affecting production due to lengthy drill setup times with existing equipment. We designed a trackdriven, boom-mounted Wassara drilling system, which drastically cut down drill setup times, increased productivity, and provided a safer operating environment. Our drills are designed to be modular so that we can alter the platform based on specific mine site challenges and requirements while maintaining ease of use and serviceability. Our solutions are innovative because new solutions are often required to solve the unique problems and challenges our customers encounter in their mining operations.

Our People

To provide the global underground mining market with innovative and quality products it takes quality people. The foundation of our company is the group of Manitobans that make up the team at our manufacturing facility in Winnipeg and our service centre in Thompson Manitoba. We also have strategically placed product support experts around the world supporting our customers in their markets. Cubex also pulls 75% of our manufactured components from a Manitoba based supply chain which have some relationship stemming back over 20 years hear in Manitoba.

Local Universities. Local Manitoba supply chain. Our successes are based on our people.

National Board: Roy Cook, President and CEO, Monarch Industries Ltd. National Board: Trevor Cornell, Chief Operating Officer, Industrial Technology Centre

Dave Johns, President, Winpak Ltd. Scott Keddie, General Manager, MasterBrand Cabinets Inc. Otto Kemerle, Vice President Supply Chain, Motor Coach Industries Rob McBain, President, Ancast Industries Ltd. Craig McIntosh, President and CEO, Acrylon Plastics Inc. Ed Martin, VP Operations Excellence, StandardAero

Neal Curry, General Manager, Westland Plastics Ltd.

Larry Matsko, General Manager, Prolific Group

Larry Dyck, President and CEO, Decor Cabinet Company

Graham Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Tool & Die

Ralph Eschenwecker, Director of Engineering & Corporate Excellence, Herd North America Inc. Gary Glowa, President, Inkster Park Millwork Ltd. Adriana Goodmanson, Business Initiative Advisor, MacDon Industries Ltd. John Graham, Service Executive, IBM Canada Ltd. Diane Gray, President & CEO, CentrePort Canada Marc Groenewegen, Director Engineering and Production Support, Boeing Canada Operations Ltd. George Groumoutis, Chief Executive Officer, Sky Blue Water Inc.

Jim Peters, Operations Manager, Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd. Paul Remillard, VP Operations, Price Industries Ltd. David White, Executive Vice President Supply Management, New Flyer Industries Canada

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A message from Reynold Martens - Chair, CME Manitoba


he Mission of CME is really quite simple– to enable manufacturers and exporters to excel and grow in local, national, and global markets. That is no small challenge given the environment industry faces now and for the foreseeable future, marked by ferocious competition domestically and globally, a volatile and unpredictable economy, a shrinking workforce and unprecedented advancements in technology.

Reynold Martens Chair, CME Manitoba Executive Vice President GHY International, President GHY USA Inc.

Our motto in Manitoba is “Dare To Compete,” and to support our members, we have developed a strong foundation of services to help manufacturers and exporters succeed in the key areas of strategy, LEAN productivity, international trade, human resources and innovation and technology. Manufacturing Week is the highlight of our year, bringing together world class speakers on topics that are relevant and compelling to business leaders of small, medium, and large enterprises alike.

Beyond the opportunities to learn from and celebrate with the best, Manufacturing Week events provide venues to network with other business leaders and to get connected with the resources or contacts to move forward in these challenging and exciting times. At our Gala and Awards evening, we will pay tribute to remarkable individuals and companies that have made significant contributions to our industry and this province. Bill Fast (founder of Willmar Windows) and Philipp Ens (founding partner of Triple E Canada) will be inducted into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame; David W. Friesen (founder of Friesens Corporation) will be recognized posthumously with the Pioneer Award; Cubex will be presented with the Export Award and HERD will be recognized with the Emerging Award. We are proud of these companies and individuals who inspire us to dare a little more, aim a little higher and dream a little bigger. On behalf of the CME Manitoba Board of Directors and Members, welcome to Manufacturing Week.

We wish you well as you dare to compete in 2013.

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Sharing our Strength Manitoba manufacturers make powerful connections through CME


anadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) knows there’s strength in numbers. With more than 100,000 companies in its extended nationwide network, Canada’s largest trade and industry association harnesses a wealth of knowledge and experience. “At the core, we’re a network organization, connecting manufacturers to each other and to the resources available to them,” CME vice-president Ron Koslowsky says.

Ron Koslowsky Vice President CME Manitoba

“Our mandate is to help manufacturers and exporters become more competitive and grow their business. That’s what drives us every day.”

all year round, in a number of ways. It gives members — about 85% of whom are small and medium-size companies — a voice in shaping government policy as a strong advocate for competitive taxation, investment in research and development and other key issues. And the Manitoba division, which has supported the industry since 1919, provides direct services in four core areas manufacturers have identified as top priorities: Human resources, LEAN and productivity, technology and innovation and trade and business development.

CME takes a meaningful, hands-on approach to helping companies grow and increase competitiveness.

During Manitoba Manufacturing Week (March 18 to 22), CME celebrates an industry that produces and markets everything from meat and potatoes to rockets and satellites — and employs some 61,000 Manitobans in the process. Its Dare to Compete Conference, March 19 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, brings together business leaders and experts in fields such as innovation and technology, human resources and productivity.

The conference is one of the association’s most highprofile events of the year. But CME fulfills its mandate

“Each of these areas has a champion in place, and they are experts in that area who spend one-on-one time with companies to help them better understand what the issues are, what the potential solutions are, who we can connect them with, or what training that we deliver,” Koslowsky says. “There’s a lot of power in having a collection of best practices – if you will – of ideas, of resources, of contacts that can really help your business. That network that can help your business is really what it’s all about.”

CME’s Core Services Human Resources Attracting and retaining skilled labour is a top priority for manufacturers. In an increasingly competitive labour market, companies might tap into under-represented sources — women, immigrants and aboriginal communities — or develop training programs for existing workforces. CME can help with labour market intelligence, tools and resources. The association works with partners to help identify needs and address them, whether that means providing language or essential skills training or even life-skills training to make sure people are ready to be successful in the workplace. Koslowsky says manufacturers also want to attract young people. “Our youth initiative is reaching out to high schools, connecting with post-secondary institutions and generally helping the public and the future workforce understand what modern manufacturing is, what the skills are and what the opportunities are.” CME’s Discovery Program helps high school students develop skills through a hovercraft-building competition, and HR champion Debbie

Leiter works with the program’s partners to show high school students the variety of careers in modern manufacturing and sketch out the education paths they should follow to land the job they want. Hundreds of students representing a dozen Manitoba high schools will attend the Discovery Program Final Competition, where they will showcase their hovercrafts’ abilities and present their supporting business plan to a panel of industry and educational judges, vying for a top spot and over $30,000 in scholarships and bursaries.

LEAN/Productivity LEAN champion Ian Marshall helps companies improve productivity by applying LEAN concepts to all facets of their operations. CME offers a variety of LEAN training programs and events. With a focus on activities that increase value to customers, LEAN eliminates waste, improves inventory flow and streamlines processes. Five CME-supported Consortia in Manitoba bring teams of companies together to share advice and strategies, inspire one another to continually meet new goals and find workable ways to

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increase efficiency. “When Ian goes out there with his team they’re helping companies solve real issues through Consortia, training and events,” Koslowsky says.

“That’s the most critical thing going forward for manufacturing, understanding how you really add more value for your customer and doing so by engaging your whole team, not just an R&D department or an individual.”

Trade/Business Development


CME wants to help Manitoba’s manufacturers “expand global market reach, increase revenues and strengthen their supply chains.” It leverages its knowledge of international trade networks and provides training, advice and strategic planning. And, of course, it helps companies make valuable connections.

Companies have to embrace change and technology to remain competitive in global markets. CME helps them make smart choices and share knowledge about best practices and ways to manage research and development. Koslowsky says champion Kevin Lusk provides meaningful assistance that help companies develop new products or improve existing products in ways that generate more value.

Champion Gustavo Zentner matched several Manitoba companies with Brazilian mining giant Vale through 30-minute speed-dating meetings. “We’ve leveraged our connections to bring procurement opportunities to our members ,” Koslowsky says. “As a result we now have companies that have contracts with Vale because of these sessions.”

The Dare to Compete Conference will feature a keynote address from Ohio-based inventor Maggie Nichols, who is chief operating officer at Eureka! Ranch. Nichols will discuss Innovation Engineering — a concept aimed at increasing the speed of innovation while decreasing the risk. “It’s really a series of disciplined tools, resources and processes to build a culture of innovation that will help companies differentiate from products and services that other companies have,” Koslowsky says.

Many suppliers didn’t realize they might be in the running to secure contracts with Vale, which has deep pockets to procure everything from plastic containers to shelters to parts and equipment. But CME did some legwork to find out what Vale needed, and then passed the information on to qualified suppliers, with happy results.

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Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters member companies are proud to say their products are made in Manitoba

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t’s easy to be a locavore in Manitoba. Food manufacturing is one homegrown sector with an impressive scope. You might say it’s our bread and butter — along with cheese, peas, pork and other good things.


Major manufacturers include Viterra, which specializes in farm-fresh products such as canola oil, pasta, grain, seeds and legumes. McCain Foods Canada operates plants in Portage la Prairie and Carberry. These plants produce potato products such as hash browns and French fries for both domestic and export markets.

It also makes sense for the company to maintain close ties with CME.

“We set up our manufacturing facilities close to potato-growing regions,” explains Calla Farn of McCain Foods

“Because raw potatoes are so heavy, they are costly to ship long distances, so it makes sense to have our plants in areas where we can buy from local growers.”

Farn says membership provides a strong, united voice on issues including taxation, regulation, environment, energy and trade rules. “It helps ensure that governments understand our issues and the impact of potential public policy decisions on our businesses,” she says.

Our Manufacturers

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innipeggers put more buses on the road than any other North American centre, thanks to manufacturers Motor Coach Industries (MCI) and New Flyer Industries. MCI celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2013, and it’s come a long way — from founder Harry Zoltok’s first 11-passenger coach to ultra-modern vehicles that sport onboard Wi-Fi, widescreen video monitors and LED lighting. Our manufacturers supply trucking, rail and aircraft industries. And our aerospace sector racks up well over $1 billion in annual sales. Boeing Winnipeg is one of the largest aerospace composite manufacturers in the country. Since the plant opened in 1971, Boeing Winnipeg has grown to employ more than 1,500 workers. Magellan Aerospace Ltd. - Winnipeg (Bristol Aerospace) manufactures a range of products that includes rockets and satellites. And StandardAero repairs gas turbine engines for aircraft and other industrial applications. Senior vice-president Kim Olson says experts disassemble and inspect engines to

determine if they can be fixed. “We have all the typical manufacturing processes that you would tend to have in most shops. We will repair surfaces, restore dimensions, weld cracks, take certain parts off, dismantle individual components and then replace certain elements on them with new pieces,” Olson says. A LEAN manufacturer, the company is an active member of CME, and StandardAero helped to develop a program that gives students handson industry training and experience through Red River College. “We’ve got a really well-trained workforce in Manitoba. We’ve got a long tenure here. Part of the reason that we’ve continued to grow and invest in our Manitoba location is that there’s the talent that we need,” Olson says, noting the company has been in Winnipeg for more than 100 years. “From technicians and machinists to engineers, there seems to be a continual availability of strong resources across all those different areas. That’s made Manitoba a good place to be.”

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Our Manufacturers

House the World


ompanies such as All-Fab Building Components Inc. literally put a roof over our heads — and provide highquality floor trusses as well. Inkster Park Millwork Ltd. makes an impressive entrance with its doors and windows, and we’re home to Canada’s two largest window and door manufacturers, Loewen Windows and JeldWen. Willmar Windows founder Bill Fast will be honoured with a Hall of Fame Award at the CME Gala Awards Dinner March 21. Between 1970 and 1997, when Fast sold Willmar to Jeld-Wen, the company grew to include six branches and a workforce of 1,000. Palliser Furniture Upholstery Ltd. is Canada’s largest furniture manufacturer, and MasterBrand Cabinets, along with its subsidiary Kitchen Craft, specializes in beautiful interiors.

General manager Scott Keddie says MasterBrand employs more than 1,400 workers in Winnipeg and beyond. “We produce premium kitchen and bath cabinets for the North American market,” Keddie says. “All the manufacturing is done in Manitoba, but we have stores throughout Canada. We sell and distribute product all throughout North America.” Keddie says the company is also active with CME, which benefits both management and employees. “We have people participate in CME supported LEAN manufacturing Consortiums,” he says. “We utilize CME staff and their expertise for training and in our LEAN programs.”

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rom books to electronics to heavy equipment, Manitobans make everything from household goods and clothing to tools and parts that supply other manufacturers. This sector cuts a wide swath on a global scale and includes companies such as electronic controls innovator Parker Hannifin Canada and custom design and fabricating business Price Industries, which supplies the aerospace, construction and automotive industries, as well as Canada’s military. Winnipeg’s family owned Richlu Manufacturing, which was founded in 1939, is famous for its Tough Duck and Work King lines of workwear and outer gear. We’re home to heavy equipment company K-Tec Earthmovers Inc., and custom electrical manufacturing company JRS MFG Ltd., whose clients include Manitoba Hydro, Boeing and CN Rail. Drill rig manufacturer Cubex is a recipient of the 2013 CME Export Award for its excellence in expanding markets, both numerically and geographically.

VAW Systems, Brunswick Steel and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., are major contributors to our economy. And some of our producers have left an illustrious paper trail. The Prolific Group general manager Larry Matsko says the company is one of the main local suppliers for print and direct mail. “We can print anything you want,” Matsko says. “We can do a package of 250 business cards going up to a newspaper of 150,000.” Printing company Friesens Corporation founder David W. Friesen will be honoured posthumously with the Pioneer Award during the CME Gala Awards Dinner March 21. The company bought its first letterpress in 1933 and along with calendars, yearbooks, cookbooks and a host of other products, it has made a

substantial mark on the publishing world. In 2002, Friesens was enlisted to print copies of runaway bestseller Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and two years later, author J.K. Rowling was inspired to have all her books printed on recycled paper after Friesens printed copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on 100% post-consumer waste paper. More recently, Friesens designed and printed yearbooks featured in the Fox TV series Glee.

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Hall of Fame Award Celebrating individuals who have consistently demonstrated visionary leadership and designed or implemented new or revolutionary products, systems or processes

Pioneer Award Celebrating individuals who began a manufacturing business in Manitoba and nurtured it into a successful company.

For tickets visit or call (204) 949-1454

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Celebrating new companies with significant future potential that are distinguishing their business through growth, impact and innovation

Celebrating a company that demonstrates excellence in expanding its markets numerically and geographically

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Waste Not, Want Not CME helps companies learn to be LEAN


ore businesses are adopting LEAN concepts — and increasing productivity in the process — thanks to Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters training programs and events. All organizations are being challenged to do more with less, and LEAN provides the focus they need to succeed. “The ultimate goal is to create more value for the customer,” CME LEAN champion Ian Marshall says. That means trimming activities and operations to focus on value-added options. LEAN companies eliminate waste, organize workspaces to optimize efficiency and commit to a program of constant evaluation and improvement. Marshall says LEAN also contributes to a more vibrant workplace culture because all employees are involved in the process. “Nine out of 10 improvement initiatives fail because employees — people impacted by the change — are not involved,” he says. “The difference with LEAN is it really does involve and engage the people that work on the front line.” CME supports five Manitoba Consortiums made up of 10 to 12 companies of varying sizes. Members typically meet monthly at a host company to share ideas and solutions and encourage one another to reach new goals. Large companies help smaller ones and they often learn from them, too. Marshall says improvements might involve adopting new inventory controls that allow for continuous flow and free up space. Or equipment might be moved to different stations to reduce the amount of time employees spend waiting for parts or looking for tools. CME facilitates a variety of LEAN training

programs, from a one-day introductory course to intensive programs that essentially train participants to become trainers themselves. Meaningful, hands-on practice is a vital component. For example, a seven-day training session at a local company such as StandardAero would include a tour of the plant to see how StandardAero applies LEAN concepts, with participants engaging in a realworld problem-solving exercise. “One tool to help identify waste is the Kaizen Blitz,” Marshall says. Kaizen is a Japanese word that roughly translates as “change for the better” and

Meaningful, hands-on practice is a vital component.

Kaizen Blitzes are two or three-day rapidimprovement projects in which several Consortia members focus on solving a problem at a particular workplace. In one instance, the Southern Manitoba LEAN Consortium toured the Steel Tech plant in Winkler, at a time when the company was considering an expansion that would more than double its floor space to increase production capacity. Marshall says the plant, which manufactures wood and coal-burning furnaces, was “bursting at the seams” with inventory before

the rapid-improvement project, but following a LEAN philosophy allowed the company to reduce inventory by 50% and double production capacity without expanding floor space. Steel Tech manager Ryan Friesen says he was “shocked” at the results. The LEAN improvements freed up 40% of the plant’s floor space and dramatically improved efficiency. Moving parts and supplies to work stations where they are most useful allowed the company to sell some of its forklifts, since supplies are now moved far less frequently. And the plant no longer has to contract out work during busy periods. “Now our biggest challenge is filling the capacity,” Friesen says. Some changes were counterintuitive. For example, the LEAN team advised him to work with smaller production batches. “A lot of people said, ‘You’re crazy — if you want to be more efficient you should batch bigger,’ ” Friesen recalls. The company bought new equipment that contributed to increased capacity, but Friesen says LEAN accentuated the benefits. And since the company’s main markets are in the United States, Friesen credits its LEAN processes with helping Steel Tech weather the U.S. recession. “It’s definitely been a huge positive to us. It’s helped us remain very competitive,” he says. “It helped us with our efficiencies, it helped keep our costs in line, it helped keep inventory levels down — had we not done it, it would have been more challenging.” Organizations can find more information about LEAN and training programs on the CME website at, or call Ian Marshall at 204-949-1454.

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Dare to Compete Keynote Speakers Maggie Nichols – Chief Operating Officer, Eureka! Ranch

Innovation Engineering: Igniting a Culture of Innovation Maggie is a 10-year veteran inventor and facilitator who has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, from American Express to Procter & Gamble. Most recently she helped develop the Eureka! Innovation Engineering Black Belt training program.

Register now at or call: Helen Mitchell (204) 949-1454

Maggie is a Miami University graduate who has a passion and skill for educating others. She and her husband Brian live in Cincinnati, Ohio with their two children.

Randy Lewis – Senior Vice President, Walgreens Logistics Division

No Greatness Without Goodness Randy introduced a model for disability hiring that is not only changing the lives of thousands with disabilities but is also transforming the workplace and serving as a model for other employers. This is a story of how compassion can move mountains, that greatness is within us all and more importantly, to remind us that we all underestimate our power to impact our world. Peace Corps volunteer, Arthur Murray dance instructor, Ernst and Young partner and accidental advocate, Randy led Walgreens Logistics Division for sixteen years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores.

Bill Waddell – Author, Global Supply Chain Expert

Simple Excellence As a consultant Bill has worked with manufacturers of all sizes throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Bill is the author of Simple Excellence and Rebirth of American Industry and other works. His posts on Evolving Excellence make him the most widely read manufacturing blogger on the Internet. His most recent work is a comprehensive book on LEAN manufacturing supply chain management.

Did You Know? Manufacturing is Manitoba’s largest industrial sector. About one in eight Manitobans — some 61,000 people — are directly employed in manufacturing. - Source: Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines

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March 19 at Winnipeg Convention Centre

Session Presenters Steve White & Andrew Kinser

David Yee & Cory Rosolowich

– Medtronic Energy Component

– HyFLEX Assemblies Ltd.

Supply Chain – Using Capable People Developing People & Processes to Capable Processes Create Partnerships Center (MECC)

Medtronic develops and manufactures innovative medical device technology and therapies to treat chronic disease worldwide. A commitment to developing sustainable systems guides the organization to understand systems thinking, creating an integrated and sustained improvement mode. Its journey is committed to developing all team members throughout all business processes, to gain a deeper understanding of connections between principles (know why), systems (know when) and tools (know how). Steve is the director of operations at MECC in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Andrew is a value stream manager and site continuous improvement leader.

Curwin Friesen – President & CEO, Friesens Corporation

Striving for the 3 “P’s” in People: Pride, Passion; Performance Friesens utilizes employee ownership and a defined performance management system to align the interests of customers, managers and staff. Learn about the benefits and limitations of this unique model as it has evolved over the past 50 years. Friesens is a leader in its field of printing and has been recognized with numerous industry awards and as a member of the Platinum Club of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada.

Using LEAN methodology and a set of values that hold the customer’s needs as a foundation for success, HyFLEX Assemblies creates partnerships with its suppliers and customers to deliver hydraulics and industrial product solutions to OEM companies. David is a sales representative. He has held several leadership, management and design roles within the agricultural and manufacturing industry. Cory is branch manager of HyFLEX in Winnipeg. He has a solid education in engineering (Chemical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan) and business (MBA, University of Manitoba) along with a wide variety of LEAN and manufacturing experience in several industries.

Charlie Smith – Founder, Combine World Inc.

How I Saved My Company, Built a Team to Die For and Made More Money Seven years ago, Combine World was just breaking even financially and Charlie knew it had to change to survive. LEAN helped him see how the company needed to change. Combine World continues to use LEAN to drive and sustain its successful and profitable momentum. Charlie was raised on a farm in Saskatchewan and started his salvage business with his wife, Marjorie, in 1986. Their three children are all involved in running Combine World.

Vernon Snidal – CEO, Jodale Perry Corporation

Technology Enables Innovation Jodale Perry has been building ROPS structures for 50 years and is known for creating products that are innovative, stylish and reputable. Through purchases of technology, Jodale Perry has taken innovative steps forward with its product line and customer base. Vernon will explain how Jodale Perry has been involved in the development of projects for OEM clients from a broad spectrum of industries.

Don Boitson – Vice President and General Manager, Magellan Aerospace

Introducing New Technology into Your Business The task of introducing new technology into your operation is not for the faint of heart. It is a process that tests every employee in all of the disciplines in the company — from production, engineering, facilities, program management, finance, and even the general manager! This session will provide firsthand insight into this challenging process, including identification of new technology, due diligence to support a business case, and an introduction, review, check, and correct process. Don joined Magellan in 1988 and was promoted to vice–president and general manager in 2008. Don is a professional engineer and member of the A.P.E.G.M., past president and member of the board of directors, Manitoba Aerospace Association and member of board of directors of the Composites Innovation Centre and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

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C M E M anitoba

Training & Events March 19

May 9

March 21

June 3

April 9

Sept. 9

Dare to Compete Conference CME Gala Awards Dinner LEAN Level 1

LEAN for SMEs CME Golf Tournament LEAN Level III Black Belt Winnipeg

April 16 & 17

Sept. 18

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April 23 & 24

A3 Problem Solving

April 25 & 26

Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence Workshop (LEAN)

Sept. 24

LEAN Level II Green Belt

Nov. 21

Trade Summit

April 30

Innovation Insights Plant Visit Decor Cabinets

May 7 & 8

LEAN & Green Workshop

Training Within Industry

TWI for available dates contact Brett Hiscock, TWI Instructor at:

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Winnipeg is Canada’s third-largest aerospace centre. The industry directly employs about 5,300 people in Manitoba, with revenues topping $1.6 billion in 2011. - Source: Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines



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Consortium is a facilitated group of companies who truly believe that they will never live long enough to make all the mistakes themselves. Organizations come together and learn from each other’s experiences (good and bad) and how innovative solutions were developed. CME in Manitoba currently coordinates 5 home grown consortiums with over 50 companies participating. Membership ranges from

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Education, Government, Food Processing, Bio-sciences, Transportation, Aerospace, and a multitude of diverse manufacturers. Consortiums are located not only in Winnipeg, but also in Steinbach Winkler/Morden and Westman Region. Our companies have improved production, sales, quality and employee engagement at an accelerated pace through sharing, kaizen, and general team based improvements.

Together we can compete anywhere in the world and win! To learn more contact: Carrie Schroeder, Lean Coordinator, or call (204) 944-1454

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Discover the benefits of CME membership


anadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) works with its members to make sure they have all the resources they need to grow and thrive in a competitive global climate. As the largest trade and industry association in Canada, CME is a strong advocate in government and the community, helping shape policy that affects its members. CME vice-president Ron Koslowsky says the organization articulates members’ needs and shares advice with governments that can benefit the community as a whole. “We present to the minister of finance on an annual basis and put forward thoughts — suggestions that we think at the end of the day will generate more revenue for the province based on positive growthoriented strategies.” Boeing Winnipeg communications specialist

Terry Trupp says her company benefits from being part of a group that shares common opportunities and challenges. “As part of CME, we have a voice within the different levels of government to influence workplace skills and training, infrastructure development and government policy to enable economic growth and stability for manufacturing and aerospace,” Trupp says. “CME sponsors and organizes training, best practice sharing and other networking events that Boeing frequently leverages for benefit. Finally, CME enables Boeing to share best practices with local industry to build local capability and support Manitoba companies in their pursuit of excellence.” Members have access to the latest intelligence and analysis on economic, market and political trends and issues. The organization provides opportunities to

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increase productivity and competitiveness in domestic and global markets, through LEAN and other initiatives. Members have input into education and training programs. And, along with conferences, workshops and networking events, CME mines its deep knowledge base to share information on the latest developments in innovation. CME has an extended network of support agencies, such as custom brokers, Financial Institutions, technology companies and members have access to discounts on a number of goods and services — everything from hotel, travel and fuel discounts to special rates for web design management and hosting and smartphone services. CME’s 20/20 Magazine offers reduced advertising rates, and members enjoy specialized pricing on CME training programs, workshops and events such as the Dare to Compete Conference.

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Manufacturing Success Discovery Program is a fun way for students to hone essential skills


t’s a fun exercise in applied learning that allows high school students to achieve lift-off — while exposing them to a range of innovative career options and providing them with a first-hand look at the manufacturing process. Now in its sixth year, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) Discovery Program puts teams of students to work assembling and enhancing their own radio-controlled hovercrafts. The project gives participants the opportunity to harness their creative and technical skills while experiencing all aspects of the manufacturing process, from research and design to prototype and product launch.

the province. Competing teams present their business plans to a panel of academic and industry judges, before the ultimate challenge — maneuvering their creations around the maneuverability track, exercising care and

“We encourage them to use their creativity and innovation to design the hovercrafts so they have different purposes and different uses,” Biegun says, noting teams are encouraged to seek out sponsorship, in-kind and cash to support additional or replacement parts, components, and mentor support. Each team is also required to draw up a comprehensive business plan for their project — covering everything from design criteria to cost analysis to lessons learned — all while demonstrating a direct relationship to essential skills for workplace success, such as communicating within a team, assigning and scheduling tasks and problem-solving. After designing and assembling their hovercraft — and determining the lift, load and propulsion required for it to move forward while carrying a payload — entrants put the hovercraft through their paces while squaring off against teams from throughout

Jason Braun, a physics teacher and viceprincipal at Westwood Collegiate, has taken part in the Discovery program twice, and says his students responded well to both the business and design aspects of the competition. “In a way, it’s a simulation of what it’s like to start their own business,” he says, adding his team members were also impressed with the tours of the U of M’s Faculty of Engineering, and with the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students from different disciplines.

“This program is intended to bridge the gap between high school and post-secondary education, and to encourage an interest in manufacturing-based careers,” says Jenna Biegun, communications coordinator for CME Manitoba. “We’re hoping to draw awareness to the importance of science and math and help make classroom learning real.” In partnership with Red River College, Winnipeg Technical College, and the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Engineering, the program takes a multifaceted approach to experiential learning. Teams are provided a box of components and must follow certain specifications, rules and regulations, but students have room to make modifications and design enhancements.

“They’ve studied these things and then all of a sudden you see them in a situation where they have to apply it and the lightbulb comes on immediately because now they understand why they did it or why it was important.”

“You have the collaboration between the business and the science communities — which is how it happens in industry.” Following the semi-finals, the top 12 teams in the province move on to the final round of competition. This year’s showdown takes place March 19 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, as part of the 2013 Manitoba Manufacturing Week.

control while taking tight turns, remaining between narrow lines for long stretches, and skimming over ramps and water bodies. Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School design drafting teacher Miro Gawinski’s students have participated in the Discovery Program since its inception, and many have been inspired to pursue post-secondary education in engineering or mechanical engineering. Gawinski says the program requires teams to use their knowledge of drafting, science, math, computer science and English to build the hovercraft, produce documents and write and deliver verbal presentations. “It’s an all-encompassing project,” he says. “It has to do with financing because they have to raise money, science and engineering because they have to understand physics principles.” The program also reinforces lessons students have learned in the classroom.

Finalists are from Elkhorn School, Killarney School, St. Boniface Diocesan High School, W.C. Miller Collegiate, Elmwood High School, Landmark Collegiate Institute, Stonewall Collegiate, Kildonan East Collegiate, Pinawa Secondary School and Warren Collegiate. In addition to bragging rights, members of the top three teams are eligible for over $30,000 in scholarships and bursaries from CME, Red River College, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Engineering and Winnipeg Technical College. More and more schools participate each year. CME provides support manuals, student resource guides, online Discovery forum and mentor sessions to help teachers embed the project into their curriculum. The project teaches students independent learning habits, teamwork strategies and crucial problem solving and critical thinking skills. On a larger scale, the project helps to support an ambitious, skilled workforce in Manitoba. It reminds students of the importance of highlevel maths and sciences and connects them directly with relevant training institutions and valuable industry leaders. To learn more visit

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Navigating Trade Opportunities Business structures, taxes, expatriation of funds, and other foreign market challenges

Implementing strategic trade plans has a direct impact on your company’s ability to grow your business and enter into new markets. Aligning your company’s resources and linking to outsourced trade services are fundamental to successful business development. CME supports Manitoba manufacturers to expand their global market reach, increase revenue and strengthen supply chains. Learn international trade best practices from companies just like yours. Don’t miss the 2013 Trade Summit on November 21, 2013 where CME will highlight tools and upcoming trade programs. Contact Gustavo Zentner, Trade Champion at 204-949-1454 or


Create something Meaningfully Unique

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters in partnership with InVision Business Edge is pleased to announce the launch of Innovation Engineering in Manitoba. What is Innovation Engineering? The Innovation Engineering Management System is a set of tools and practices that are designed to improve the speed of innovation while systematically reducing the risk of new products and services.

How Can Innovation Engineering Support my Business? This system provides the tools, processes and structures needed to allow all employees to innovate at an accelerated pace. Individual results vary; however, other companies have realized.... • 72 percent increase in their team’s confidence to lead innovation

• Ideas to first sale 10 percent of the time, at 16 percent of the cost & with increased odds of success To learn more about bringing Innovation Engineering into your organization contact Kevin Lusk, Innovation and Technology Coordinator at (204) 949-1454 or

• A 7X increase in all employees ability to think smarter & more creatively

Don’t miss Maggie Nichols, Chief Operating Officer Eureka! Ranch, creators of the Innovation Engineering Management System at the Dare to Compete Conference, March 19th at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. To register visit or call (204) 949-1454



80 years in Manitoba makes MCI #1 At MCI, our roots are right here in Winnipeg, where founder ay, Motor Harry Zoltok built his first motor coach in 1933. Today, ches in Coach Industries is the largest builder of motor coaches ies are North America—and our main manufacturing facilities still here where it all began. In Winnipeg. With a talented and highly skilled workforce, MCI ning continues to innovate for the future. From redesigning g, to our flagship J4500, the industry’s best-selling touring coach for nine years running, advancing green transportation with electric hybrid and compressed natural gas vehicles, MCI is proof of Manitoba’s manufacturing might. At 80, we’re still looking ahead. And no matter how many miles—or milestones—our motor coaches mark, we will always credit Manitoba for giving us our drive.

• Significant growth in employee innovation confidence, optimism & proactive action in 100 days

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Vidir succeeds on a global scale with vast vertical storage By Jennifer McFee


hink vertical and versatile. Those are two key concepts for maximizing storage space.

They’re also the secret to the success of Vidir Machine Inc., a Manitoba company that specializes in vertical storage solutions for everything from carpets and garments to wire, bicycles and tires. Marketing manager Dean Dueck says the company’s primary product line is vertical carousels, which make the most of vertical storage space rather than horizontal floor space. “What we try to do is reduce the floor space you’re already using by storing the product vertically,” Dueck explains. “We utilize the cubic foot versus the square foot.” Vertical carousels are commonly used to

store rolls of carpet, vinyl and fabric. But they’re extremely versatile. The carriers can be customized to store a variety of products such as wire, tires and print cylinders. There’s even an over-thetop high-density garment carousel that offers an impressive option for retailers to store, dispense and display clothing. This machine stores clothes in ceiling space that typically goes unused, resulting in a small

footprint with big results. The homegrown business started with a family dilemma nearly two decades ago. Dueck’s grandfather, Willy, operated a small welding shop in his backyard. His two sons asked him for advice to solve a company conundrum. They were searching for a system to store vinyl to sell at their business. Willy came up with the idea for a motorized carousel, which he built for them in 1985. Word spread about the innovative machine and a year later, Vidir Machine, Inc. created its first carousel for resale. With some modifications to the original design, the company built a carousel that could cut carpet and vinyl, in addition to storing them. It wasn’t long before Vidir Machine Inc. landed its first national account — Beaver Lumber, which was eventually bought by Home Depot Canada. The Canadian company recommended the carousel to its American counterpart and, as a result, almost all Home Depot stores on the continent use Vidir carousels to store their products today. Other home improvement retailers, including Lowe’s and Menards, followed suit and the business continues to expand its reach to more industries around the world. “Traditionally we have come from supplying big-box stores that use our carpet carousels and vinyl carousels for motorized storage and display systems,” Dueck says. “But now we’re expanding into industrial and manufacturing sectors. We’re dealing a lot more with warehouses and parts distribution centres.”

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For example, some companies are integrating textile carousels into their production lines, which allows them to pull textiles straight off the carousel and onto cutting tables for processing. Another example is Vidir’s shelving carousel, which brings the product directly to the workers. “When you’ve got a carousel that brings the product from the top to the bottom without you ever having to handle it, it increases employee productivity and efficiency. It’s also a lot safer for the employees,” Dueck says.

With more than 120 employees, Vidir takes pride in its process from beginning to end. “We do all the installation. We have our own service network, so we take care of everything from start to finish. It’s basically a turnkey operation,” Dueck says. Vidir Machine Inc. has two Manitoba manufacturing locations, in Teulon and Arborg, and sales offices in the U.S.

For more information, call 1-800-210-0141, e-mail or visit

“They don’t have to risk injuries and product damage from handling heavy loads up high with a forklift or by going up on cherry pickers to pull product off the top shelves.” The United States Army uses Vidir’s carousels to assemble Black Hawk helicopters. While carousels remain Vidir’s core business, the company is expanding into other markets with products such propane vending machines, bicycle merchandising systems, moveable shelving and special units to store hospital beds vertically. Vidir provides storage solutions to a long list of well-known clients, including GM, Nike, Mercedes-Benz, Walmart, Goodyear, Michelin, Kohl’s and Honda. The company has expanded beyond its North American market to more than 30 different countries. “We’re exploring a lot of possibilities in a lot of different locations right now. We’re not limiting ourselves to one geographic location,” Dueck says.

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Powering F

or decades now, Red River College has enjoyed a longstanding reputation for providing highly trained, job-ready graduates to Manitoba’s workforce. But in recent years, the College has also taken a lead role in powering innovation and productivity throughout the province — and throughout Canada and North America — by working directly with industry in the areas of applied research, technical services, and technology outreach and training. The province’s largest institute of applied learning, RRC remains committed to helping manufacturers hone their competitive edge by providing access to their facilities, expertise, and capability. And the College continues to broaden the scope of its technological mandate in a number of ways such as: partnering on applied research projects for new products or technology validation purposes; meeting new industry requirements for laser welding; delivering technical services such as rapid prototypes,

Aerospace and Manufacturing Sectors at Red River College

machining, and non-destructive testing; and providing industry training across the board in machining, CNC, composites, robotics, and automation. Last November, the College received a grant from NSERC (through NSERC’s Community and College Innovation Program) to help establish the Technology Access Centre (TAC), an initiative that enables the College to focus its considerable arsenal of facilities, technologies and expertise to benefit small and medium-sized manufacturers.” The Technology Access Centre will build on the partnerships RRC has formed with industry to enhance innovation and productivity in both manufacturing and aerospace,” says Stephanie Forsyth, President of RRC. “Ultimately, the ability to enable applied research and essential training made possible through this initiative will help to create new jobs and other economic opportunities right here in Manitoba.”

The TAC initiative focuses efforts in advanced materials and bonding, imaging and automation, and machine vision and simulation. The College’s campuses and satellite sites are now home to five facilities with capabilities in these areas that can be leveraged directly by industry: the Model Factory, the Composite Model Factory, the Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training (CATT), the Centre for NonDestructive Inspection (CNDI), and the Manufacturing Automation & Robotics Labs.The TAC initiative aims to bring these facilities under one umbrella, making it easier for industry partners to leverage a broader network, access equipment, resources, and College researchers and technical expertise. Ultimately, the initiative will result in an availability of more highly qualified personnel, comprehensive solutions to industry problems, rapid transfer of technology and knowledge, and new and improved products and processes.

The new Technology Access Centre (TAC) opens up a world of new opportunities for manufacturing enterprises, working together with Red River College on: Applied Research — access to RRC facilities, technologies, resources, and expertise for YOUR research projects Technical Services — including rapid prototypes, NDT, machining and CMM Knowledge Transfer — seminars, workshops, and special events around new emerging technologies and productivity Industry Training — in CNC, composites, robotics and automation, welding, project management and more! For more information, see or email

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Better harvests through better ideas.

From helping to pioneer the self-propelled swather in the 1950s to the recent

“The TAC is really a portal through which manufacturers can easily work with the College on their applied research projects, address training gaps or needs, and participate in technical service activities”, says Tracey Dyer, Business Development Manager at Red River College and TAC Champion. “This will grow to be of great benefit to manufacturers, but especially small and medium sized organizations who can utilize the TAC to gain access to technology and expertise previously unavailable directly to industry.”

Currently, the College offers a wide range of manufacturingspecific programming supporting employment needs, including Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Technician, Precision Metal Machining, Aerospace Manufacturing Technician, Manufacturing CAD, Welding (both manual and automated), traditional and apprenticeship model delivery, and more.

introduction of the world’s first flexible draper header, MacDon is proud of the role it has played – and continues to play – in advancing the technology of harvesting worldwide.

For more information on the services, programs and technologies available at Red River College, please see


agellan Aerospace’s Winnipeg operating division applies innovative thinking and efficient processes to provide the global aerospace market a range of complex designed and manufactured products. For more than 80 years this Magellan facility has thrived in the Manitoba business community, exporting in excess of 85% of its products and services to OEMs and countries around

Canadian business, global exporter the world for use in aircraft, aeroengines, satellites, space payloads, and rocketry. “The aerospace supply chain is becoming increasingly globalized,” says Don Boitson, Vice President and General Manager, “and manufacturers such as Magellan are focusing on our core capabilities, where we can be the most competitive. For example, we are committed to investing in new technology and intellectual-capital. A current example of this is the advanced composites assemblies that we are producing for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. These assemblies are being produced in our new 138,000 square foot expansion that will establish advanced composite and machining capabilities, integral to our future growth.” Magellan Aerospace is one of Canada’s largest aerospace companies in an industry that generates about $24 billion dollars in revenue nationwide annually, most of which is destined for export. Magellan is a leader in global supply chain development, managing the connection between customers and the emerging supply base to provide competitive, flexible business solutions. Magellan has developed strategic relationships around the world and is stronger and more effective from the collaborations. “Aerospace is a large sector in Canada,” Mr. Boitson says,

“which generates $22 billion in annual revenues and employs 66,000 people. There is predicted growth in the sector over the next decade, and many changing demands. We need highly-skilled individuals to fill these challenging and longterm positions. We need to get young people excited about our industry.” Magellan’s Winnipeg facility is an 835,000 square foot plant where 700 skilled tradespersons and professionals are employed. The company has provided employment for generations of Manitobans since 1930 and continues to retain many long-term employees as well as hire new staff to their team. The company offers competitive salary and benefit packages as well as an opportunity to build a solid career in the aerospace industry. We employ engineers, technologists, skilled tradespersons such as manufacturing and assembly technicians, and composite fabricators. We also offer career opportunities in program management, contract administration, quality assurance, manufacturing engineering, human resources, purchasing, IT, marketing, and finance. Magellan’s customers include Lockheed Martin, BAES General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Boeing, Canadian Space Agency, MDA, Eurocopter, Bell, and Sikorsky.

For additional information, visit our website at Please direct resumes in confidence to:

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