November 13, 2009 (Originally published in The Orillia Packet & Times)
Employees at CCI Thermal Technologies were recognized yesterday as world leaders.
"You are the best heat element manufacturers in the world," CCI president Bernie Moore said to enthusiastic applause from the Orillia plant's 126 employees.
One of the reasons for the Hunter Valley Road plant's success is its stellar safety record. Moore was in Orillia yesterday to fete the employees for four years without a lost-time injury -- "a remarkable feat for a manufacturing facility," Moore said.
He told employees crowded into a lunchroom about a quarterly report he recently read by a public company that, similar to CCI, has manufacturing plants in both Canada and the U.S. That company, with 400 employees -- CCI has 350 in its four North American facilities -- boasted that it has "just five lost-time accidents" in the past three months.
"That company is not setting the right standard," Moore said. "In Orillia, you're setting the standard for safety. And when you read news reports about low Canadian productivity... that doesn't apply here. You guys are very productive."
Each employee was given a commemorative sweatshirt, a catered lunch and words of encouragement from the brass and local political officials.
"This is a remarkable achievement that both management and staff have worked very hard to achieve," said Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton. "You are setting the standard."
That was a sentiment echoed in a short speech by Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop and by Moore, who said the company's other three plants -- in Oakville, Edmonton and Greensburg, Ind., -- "continue to chase the Orillia plant when it comes to safety."
CCI Thermal Technologies, formerly known as Caloritech, opened at its current location in October 2000. The building was custom-designed to manufacture electrical heating elements. The plant also produces electrical heating elements for numerous manufacturers throughout North America. After CCI Thermal's acquisition of Wellman Thermal Systems, the Orillia facility expanded its production capabilities and now also produces strip heaters and heaters previously manufactured by Wellman.
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