Despite the "doom and gloom" media reports regarding Canadian manufacturing, there are many good news stories happening right here in Eastern Ontario.
We are delighted to report that the following announcement from EMC member DART Helicopter Services was distributed this past September. Hawkesbury and all Eastern Ontario EMC members will be pleased to hear that this very supportive EMC member is making its mark in Canadian manufacturing.
DART Helicopter Services (DHS) significantly expanded its office in Hawkesbury by regrouping all Canadian divisions under one roof. Before the construction of the new office, the Sales, Marketing, Customer Support, Engineering, Accounting and Manufacturing teams were not co-located. The 9,500 sq. feet office expansion allowed for all divisions to come under one roof next to the manufacturing facility.
Executives from DART Helicopter Services, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Mr. Rene Berthiaume and the Liberal MPP for Glengarry and Prescott Russell, Mr. Grant Crack along with the DHS employees celebrated the grand opening of the New Corporate Headquarters. This significant milestone for DHS was achieved following several years of rapid growth.
Under the leadership of its President, Mike O'Reilly, DHS has grown and expanded their influence worldwide and are now recognized as one of the premiere companies providing innovative & customized STC'd solutions for helicopters from all major rotorcraft OEM's.
"In 2012 a decision was made to locate corporate headquarters in Hawkesbury, allowing all divisions of the company to come under one roof. With this expansion we now can focus on our vision and future growth. Our plan for the future is to continue investing in new product development which will allow for more innovative solutions across our diverse customer base. We have an aggressive business development plan that will ensure continued growth and success for DART," said Mike O'Reilly, President of DART Helicopter Services.
DART Helicopter Services is an active member of the United Counties SDG/PR/Cornwall/Hawkesbury Consortium. The staff supports the SIGs and other networking opportunities regularly and are always willing to share and network further afield - especially if the topic concerns continuous improvement or "lean".
In fact, this company is hosting January 24th in their Hawkesbury plant and Eric Charbonneau, Facilities Manager, will be sharing their team's current experience with a Kaizen event in their building. They are also hosting a training session with other Hawkesbury plants to learn more about Lean Administration and Accounting from EMC's Value Stream Solutions trainer, Brian Sloan.
DHS Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Photo Credit: Tonya Fawn Photography Photo right side: Mr. Rene Berthiaume, Mayor of Hawkesbury. Photo center: Mike O'Reilly, President of DART Helicopter Services.Photo left side: Mr. Grant Crack, MPP Leader for Glengarry Prescott Russell.
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