LOCAL COMPANY EARNS NATIONAL HONOURS
Amy Lazar, The Packet and Times
Mar 24, 2006 (Originally published in The Packet and Times)
ORILLIA - CCI Thermal Technologies employees knew they won something because it isn't every day the head honcho stops by for lunch.
"You've won a contest you didn't even know you were in," President Bernie Moore told about 140 employees who had gathered in the lunchroom at the plant on Hunter Valley Road yesterday.
The company, which started in 1965 manufacturing and selling heating elements, has been named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies, he told them.
"Orillia played a very strong part in this," said Moore.
The business award program recognizes excellence in Canadian-owned companies with revenues of more than $10 million.
CCI Thermal Technologies' largest customer is Bombardier, which uses its heaters to keep its customers warm.
While that made it onto the application last summer, so did a few anecdotes from the local plant that illustrate managing challenges like new technology adoption, globalization and branding - some of the criteria for the nod.
"When we started on-time delivery measurement, Orillia was at about 65 percent," Moore said. "Now you are routinely in the 90s. Many customers buy from us today because we deliver on time."
He also mentioned the acquisition of Wellman Thermal Systems, which meant the Orillia plant, which was built in 2000, had to expand its production capability.
"We moved all our customers and didn't lose one," Moore said. "With a transition like that, it is unheard of."
Every employee received a token of appreciation after lunch, straight from the president's hands.
"The management and teamwork you've shown here today shows right here in this room - you've included everyone in the celebration," said Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop, who brought a plaque from the provincial government congratulating the company on its achievement.
CCI Thermal Technologies is among 49 other noted companies, including Barrie Metals Group of Companies.