From left: Juergen Hierholzer, Georgian College, Jonathan Adair, Skills Canada Competition winner for CNC machining, Dan Ferko, president of Sirco Machinery/Haas Factory Outlet, and Louis Dropka, Skills Ontario CNC Machining competition and teacher at Conestoga CollegeClick image to enlargeJonathan Adair, a graduate of Georgian College, in Barrie, ON, won the gold medal in CNC machining at the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, NB, that ran June 5-8.

Adair was one of several to win gold in key manufacturing categories. Jacly Berube from Quebec won gold for precision machining, while Andrew Christensen from BC won gold for welding.

Adair was on hand at the Haas Factory Outlet/Sirco Machinery Co. Demo Day open house along with Georgian College educators Juergen Hierholzer, professor of precision skills, engineering technology and environmental studies, and Louis Dropka, a teacher at Conestoga College who oversees the CNC machining competition for Skills Ontario and is one of the experts of WorldSKills Team Canada.

Adair is already working at a local Barrie precision metal forming operation, Theta TTS, where he did his co-op, and has begun his apprenticeship at the company. Asked about his preparation for the event, he says "it wasn't too difficult because it was what we had covered in school. It was more about being comfortable in a competition setting. The WorldSkills competition is in October 2017 and I hope to qualify for that."

From left: Peter Rempel, Rob DeJong, Sirco/Haas and Willy Siemens, mill team leader at Rem-TechClick image to enlarge

The annual Haas Factory Outlet/Sirco Machinery Demo Day open house drew record crowds to see the multiple machine tools under power and to see machining accessories being showcased by numerous suppliers, including cutting tools from Iscar, Kennametal, OSG, Sandvik Coromant, Walter Tools, workholding products from Machine Tool Solutions, Kitigawa-Northtech, metrology offerings from Renishaw, as well as machining software from CAM Solutions, metalworking fluids from Milacron and tooling systems from distributor Expertech Distribution and Technologies.

From left: Allen Musesan, Plexpack, Peter Sessle of Expertech Distribution and Sal Dugo, PlexpackClick image to enlarge

Peter Rempel of Rem-Tech Industries in Aylmer, ON, a Haas customer who has several Haas machine tools already in his plant, attended the event to see the latest in five axis technologies. 

"We already have a Haas VF TR five axis machine but we are looking at another one to help us meet the demands in our business."

Haas and its Canadian distributors (Sirco Machinery in Eastern Canada and Thomas Skinner in Western Canada) are big supporters of skills training in North America and the machine tool builder, through the Gene Haas Foundation, has donated tens of thousands of dollars over the years. Most recently, it donated $60,000 US to Skills Canada towards scholarships for skills training. Sirco's Dan Ferko was on hand to present the cheque during the Skills Canada Competition in Moncton, NB.

Shaun Thorson, CEO of Skills Canada, left, accepts a $60,000 US cheque from Dan Ferko of Sirco Machinery/Haas Factory Outlet, right, on behalf of Haas, for scholarships for skills trainingClick image to enlarge

Jonathan Adair during the CNC Machining competition at Skills Canada in Moncton, NBClick image to enlarge

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