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Oakville Stamping & Bending Client Story

Executive Summary Oakville Stamping & Bending (OS&B) has been in business for more than 40 years and is now one of Canada’s largest manufacturers and distributors of plumbing products. The company is a leader and innovator and has been on a continuous improvement journey including lean for a number of years, but the company’s management… Read more »

Oilweek Expands Scope, Reach, & Impact

June-Warren Nickel Publications recently rebranded as JWN Energy Group.  They are the premiere Business-to-Business oil and gas sector publication and a key collaborator with GO Productivity. We share a lot with them, especially in our work in Alberta’s industrial construction, energy and manufacturing sectors APIN, Alberta’s Project Improvement Network. We also collaborate in GO’s Project… Read more »

Client Success Story: Collins Steel

Executive Summary Collins Steel has had a structured approach to continuous improvement since 2009, when a few of the company’s managers read The Toyota Way. From there, they undertook lean training for the whole company, Kaizen projects, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training with a project focused on lead time reduction in detailing. Since… Read more »

CISC Steel Awards

The 2017 Alberta Steel Design Awards of Excellence will be presenting awards in 6 categories with regards to steel manufacturing. This event has grown to become the largest steel design awards program in Canada and has become known as the Academy Awards of steel design. All architects and design engineers working on or who have… Read more »

COAA Safety Awards

The Construction Owners Association of Alberta hosts an annual conference on Best Practices in Edmonton.  As part of the program, they sponsor a range of awards for outstanding contributions and accomplishments in a number of construction industry related roles and responsibilities. One of those awards is for Individual Contribution in Safety Leadership.  It was a… Read more »

More Training Grants For Apprentices

Government of Alberta recently invested $1.5 million in the Apprentice Training Award to assist 1,500 unemployed apprentices. The award provides $1,000 to offset the costs with regards to technical training. The last grants were awarded in the fall of last year. However, due to the success of the program, by March 31, the government is… Read more »

Waiward Steel’s MODOS: Safety, Competency, and Productivity

Safety is always a major concern for any company, but it is rarely more important than in the world of construction. Waiward Steel recently adopted the MODOS competency management system. With any company, when the number of workers increases, the system in place becomes more and more valuable. The MODOS system has been embraced across… Read more »

Project Profile: Davey Textile Solutions

Executive Summary Davey Textile Solutions Inc. transformed their business from a distributor to a vertically integrated manufacturer, and the learning curve has been steep. From getting acquainted with new equipment to learning whole new processes and ways of working, Davey Textile Solutions continues to serve their clients and build capacity to provide more and better… Read more »

Alberta Economy Turns the Corner But Where is it Going?

Early indications are the Alberta economy is about to start growing again, with oil seemingly stabilized around $50/barrel.  All indications are that growth will not come from increased commodity prices but real efforts and results through improved efficiency, productivity, innovation and workforce training for improved competency. The Alberta energy sector is going to respond to this change… Read more »

2017 Reverse Trade Show

Calling all innovators! The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital invites you to hear clinicians from the hospital present clinical care challenges that require the development of innovative technological solutions. These challenges represent opportunities for industry partners to collaborate with AHS clinicians to develop new products that have commercial value for the developer and improve care for Albertan’s… Read more »