Not only have they been busy in their Plants, they have also been busy attending the local London/Oxford SIG Events.
At the beginning of every London/Oxford SIG Event we always go around the room and do introductions. These introductions always include who you are, what company are you with, what is your role & how is business? Great way to start a event, it is one of the things about the sessions I like best.
Usually when we have done this over the last coupe years I would say about 85% percent of the members said they were busy. Years past, when the economy was slow, that percentage was way down and many plants we looking for work. But since the beginning of 2017, for the first time I can recall, 100% percent of members said they were busy, many hiring and many expanding their Plants! Around the room, Jan, Feb and March, 100% said they were busy, which is great. By far their biggest issue currently is finding people, which is a big problem. But the fact is, business and growth currently in the London/Oxford Manufacturing sector is solid. Generally we see 50 to 70 members companies at each sessions, that is a pretty good sample size!
Not only are they busy on their shop floors, they are busy attending the London/Oxford Region SIG sessions. So for this year we have been to HydraDyne in Ingersoll where looked at how HydraDyne has digitized their standard operating procedures, super cool. We than visited Attica Manufacturing in London, who have been incredibly successful at accessing government funding. They shared their success stories and provided some great insights around how to successfully apply for funding. Than a trip to Tillsonburg to visit Marwood Metal, who have gone a incredible 8500 plus days without a lost time injury. They shared how they have developed their safety culture. Every one of these session were "sold out", standing room only...incredible. As well all these sessions included a in depth plant tour, all in about 2 hours!
Upcoming sessions include a visit to Fanshawe College to talk about skilled trades and what types on needs local members have in that regard. Than Bosco & Roxy's who will share how they are managing their staggering growth. In June, last session before summer break, we will be talking Millennials in the workforce, at Canada Tube Form.
If you would like any info on any upcoming sessions or how you can attend please contact;
Jason Bates/EMC London-Oxford Region