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"We're bringing some parts back in-house that were manufactured in Korea and India.

We want to bring value-added operations to our parts by making more of them here in Canada, so we're just getting into machining now," says Paul Larsen of Multimatic Dynamic Suspension, a former Magna company based in Markham, ON.

Larsen was one of approximately 300 manufacturers who attended the 8th annual Joint Open House, an event organized by five machine tool suppliers: DMG Canada, Elliott Matsuura Canada, EMEC Machine Tools, Ferro Technique and SST-Canada.

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Paul Larsen, Multimatic Dynamic Suspension


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Justin Chan, left, with Ferro Technique's Jeff Velhoen.

Shop Metalworking Technology caught up with Larsen at EMEC Machine Tool's open house. The company recently purchased two Okuma milling machines to add to several other Okuma's, some of which run 24/7 at the 250,000 sq ft plant.

Justin Chan, owner of Rock Technologies Corp., Scarborough, ON, is a long-time Ferro Technique customer. The manufacturer of industrial valves and pipes says "the Daewoo machines are the best value on the market; sub systems on the machine are very good and service and support is excellence. Chan says he attended the JOH this year "because I'm looking more at tooling and fixturing to improve productivity."

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From left: Scott Leitch, Exsys Tools; Brian Vaandering, Rian Solutions; Hoan Vu, Rian Solutions; Kevin Smith, Elliott Matsuura; Joe Poulin, Hurco; Andrew Mooney, Elliott Matsuura; and David Vaandering, Rian Solutions.

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Rod Anthony, left and Genish Patel, both from Anthony Screw Products.

For Ron Doneff, CNC operator, and Keith Warner, programmer, who were at DMG Canada's facility and work at aircraft parts maker McDonco Machine Ltd., Fort Erie, ON, the JOH is a "worthwhile event," says Doneff. "We have lathes and mills at our shop and we don't really need five axis now, but we've been looking at the technology."

Uwe Toutiga, co-owner of Pro-Spec Inc., Stoney Creek, ON, a metal fabrication and precision machining shop, recently purchased a five axis lathe for his 15,000 sq ft shop. He and his colleauge, Mike Rafter, lead hand programmer, were at Elliott Matsuura's open house to view new technologies. "We've always purchased machines to get the work, but when the economy is tough, it is a challenge when you have new machines and have to justify the purchases."

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