Thomas Skinner celebrates 110th anniversary

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December marked the 110th year of business for Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd. and the company celebrated the milestone on December 4.Paul Krainer speaks to attendees at Thomas Skinner's 110th anniversary event

The company opened its doors to close to 300 people to celebrate the anniversary with an open house. The event featured educational seminars and displays of new technologies from industry suppliers.The Haas seminar at the event was well attended.“Open House events are part of a customer culture that we have created over the many years of hosting them. We provide a platform for top industry specialists to come together with our customers to share what is leading the industry forward. Our goal was to host the ‘best show in the history of Thomas Skinner’ and I am proud to say that we achieved that goal” said Don Babineau, VP operations, Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd.

The celebration included a video that looked at the history of Thomas Skinner. Guests in attendance included Ted Karp, HFO business manager of Haas Automation Inc.; Ross Carpino, general manager of Sandvik Coromant Canada; Richard Estes, general manager of Mexico and Central America of Okuma; Danie Steenkamp, general manager of Atlas Copco; and Trevor Williams P.Eng, Dean of the School of Energy at BCIT.

The celebrations wrapped up with an Edge Factor video personalized for the event by Jeremy Bout, executive producer.

“Thomas Skinner, 110 years in business, is a manufacturing industry icon in Western Canada; today was a great way to mark their accomplishment” said Ted Karp.

Ross Carpino attributes the company’s success to “its culture and legacy that cares for people and customers. When you couple entrepreneurship with a business driven attitude you have a recipe for success.”

Calling the event a “breath of fresh air” and “well executed”, Richard Estes remarked that “people that came to celebrate also came away with a wealth of knowledge from the preparation done by Thomas Skinner and their partners. It was great day to be able to honour a man, Paul Krainer [President of Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd.], who has done so much for the industry, his customers, his partners and his employees”. He also admires the help that “[Paul Krainer] provides in Canada to prepare students to be operators and to help them develop a passion for the machine tool industry is remarkable” and that “[his] faith in the future of manufacturing and in the industry as a whole was strengthened by this event”.

The show featured several live demonstrations on both Haas and Okuma CNC machine tools including:

  • Haas ST-20 Turning Centre – Haas ST-45 Big Bore Turning Centre – Haas VF-3 Vertical Machining Centre – Haas UMC-750 5-axis Vertical Machining Centre – Haas EC-16000YZT Horizontal Machining Centre
  • Okuma Genos L400Ex1000 Turning Centre – Okuma Genos M560-V Vertical Machining Centre – Okuma Multus B300II-W Multi-Function Turning Centre – Okuma LU3000EX-1000 4-axis Turning Centre

“Western Canada is the home of Thomas Skinner. We have built this company by supporting our customers with industry leading brand name products backed by skilled sales, service and applications specialists. Our customers deserve world class products and support so they can manufacture their parts competitively and profitably. We humbly accept the challenge to fulfil their needs” said Paul Krainer.

Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd.

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