Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing Ltd. in Windsor, Ont. is one of many Canadian manufacturers that have now stepped up in response to the Federal government’s request for support in helping to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
It took the company about four days to go from being interested in lending a hand to producing the tools another Canadian company needed to fulfill orders for wall-mount, pump-action hand sanitizer units used in hospitals.
“We put our name forward as good corporate citizens, provincially, municipally and federally, in the data bases. We said, ‘anything we can do, we’d be happy to apply our resources to,” Tim Galbraith, sales manager at Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing, told Automotive News Canada.
In a recent survey by Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM), three quarters of companies who responded were willing to help with medical devices and/or equipment manufacturing. CAMM worked jointly with Automate Canada on the survey.
The CAMM survey indicated manufacturers were willing to step up to help despite anxiety and cash flow concerns.
Cavalier is a CAMM member and says it supports the collaborative work done with local, provincial and national organizations.
“The survey is all about gathering information to help our industry in Canada continue to grow and utilize the skills we have here,” says Galbraith, who is also a CAMM Board Member.
Cavalier President Brian Bendig says having a strong management team, dedicated staff and long-term plans in place helps him each day put one foot in front of the other as they work through this Corona Virus Pandemic.
“Cavalier is actively involved in assessing the changing landscape as a supply chain partner. We are taking this day by day and adhering to our business contingency planning. We also appreciate the patience of our customers and we are monitoring situations daily and at times hourly.
“We know we will survive this and for now are stepping up to help because we can and it’s just the right thing to do.”
Source: Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing, Automotive News Canada