Robert Stegmeier believes in investing in diverse manufacturing  technologies to meet a wide range of customer needs.Click image to enlargeby Mary Scianna

Kaymor Machining & Welding Ltd
Clairmont, AB

  • Years in business: 15
  • Shop floor: 2,044 sq m (22,000 sq ft) on 1.6 hectares (4 acres) of land with room to expand)
  • Part capacity: 813 mm diameter (32 in) by 7 m length (12 ft )
  • Key processes: CNC three and four axis milling and turning, welding (CWB certified), forming, and ABSA (Alberta Boilers Safety Association) registration for pressure equipment manufacturing, on-site and portable welding, mechanical services
  • Employees: 30

When Robert Stegmeier formed Kaymor Machining & Welding in 2001, Clairmont,

AB, located on the outskirts of Grand Prairie, he had a simple plan: do whatever it takes to remain in business and to grow.

For Stegmeier, a 35-year machining veteran, that has meant investing in diverse manufacturing technologies to meet a wide range of customer needs and to embrace social media.

“When I was thinking of building the business I wanted to be more than just a general job shop,” explains Stegmeier. “When I thought about diversification, for me it meant diversification of industry and services. That’s why we
offer CNC machining, and design, welding services, mechanical services, millwright services and welding, both in-house and off site.”

The shop includes CNC machines from a variety of builders, including Mazak and Yama Seiki.

Kaymor also houses a small fabrication shop for bending using Masteel press brakes, and farms out sheet metal cutting, but he hopes to change that within the next five years.

“We’ve got a five year plan in which we want to be able to do full machining and fabricating in-house. In our budget for next year, we’re looking at adding plasma technology because it’s versatile and would be able to cut the range and thicknesses of materials that we handle for customers.”

Kaymor's move to its current facility, which is ISO accredited, has lent the company more credibility.Click image to enlargeFor Stegmeier, providing top notch service and high quality products is a given if you want to run a successful custom manufacturing operation in Canada. Perhaps more importantly, is getting that message out to potential customers and Kaymor has embraced social media to do that.

Stegmeier’s wife, Melonie, runs this side of the business, but the family operated business also includes their daughter Morgan, who handles payroll.

“My wife handles third party marketing through a company called Fused Logic and they help us with social media marketing on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. I’m not a young man but I’ve come to the realization that the millennials now in the business making decisions and will increasingly be our customer base are all into social media and we need to reach them. We’ve been doing this for two years now. I wasn’t convinced at first but we’ve started to see results and we gained customers from as far as Ontario.”

Asked about Kaymor’s biggest milestone, Stegmeier says it’s the move to the current facility, ISO accreditation, which has lent the company more credibility, and the longevity of many of its employees.

“We moved from a one bay facility to this one and we gained credibility, not just with our customers but with our employees too. We have people who have been with us for 11 years and one who is coming up on 13 years.”

Stegmeier says part of his success with employee retention is ensuring employees are happy in their work. The company doesn’t run typical hours, five days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. Instead, the shop is open seven days a week, from 7 am to 7 pm and employees have flexible shifts in which they get two days off every week and every second week is a long week-end.

“We don’t attract a lot of people to a place like Grand Prairie so when we have good workers we want to make sure they stay. Our core people like plant supervisors and plant foremen have been here for five years or more.”

Stegmeier says he is planning on growth for the business and his five year plan includes Lean accreditation. Indeed, Kaymor has a quality manager with his green belt.

“Everyone tends to think of Lean as a tool for big manufacturing facilities but you don’t have to be big to implement Lean. It’s simply a way to eliminate waste, save you costs and ultimately make you more efficient and more competitive.” SMT

Dormer Pramet to acquire Miranda Tools

Dormer Pramet has inked a deal to acquire Mumbai-based Miranda Tools, a manufacturer of high-speed steel (HSS) and solid carbide cutting tools.

Formtek to distribute Italian line in North America

Formtek Inc., Cleveland, OH, has become the exclusive North American distributor for Bossi, an Italian manufacturer of inline and secondary surface processing equipment for roll forming and tube mill systems, based in Milan.

A balanced investment

Quebec machine shop’s focus on complex, tight tolerance work calls for high-end toolholding

As a shop serving the aerospace, defense and high-tech industries, APN Inc., Quebec City, QC, must provide customers with parts that are as close to perfect as possible. Extremely complex, high precision and difficult-to-machine components are APN’s specialty. Key to producing such parts to the highest industry standards, as well as faster and more accurately than the competition, is the shop’s expertise in high speed, high performance three axis and five axis milling. 

Energizing a business

by Tim Wilson

The Problem: Build long term capabilities to serve Alberta's energy sector

The Solution: Cross-train a skilled workforce on advanced machinery

Alberta manufacturer looks to position itself for the future

Manufacturers optimistic about growth: 2013 Survey

Manufacturers cite skilled workforce shortage, cost control and investing in new equipment as top challenges for the year ahead

Slashing cycle times in aerospace machining

by Mary Scianna

The Problem: 7-hour machining cycle time for aerospace part

The Solution: Five axis machine with linear drives to cut cycle time to 2.5 hours

An aerospace parts manufacturer slashes machining time by more than half with new five axis machine

Resistance projection welding

by Larry Koscielski

What to look out for in projection welding of fasteners

US shipbuilder orders one-of-a-kind all electric bender

First of its type ever built, machine will bend up to 8 in. (219 mm OD) diameters

The largest all-electric bender of its kind in the world will be in place at the end of this year at a US shipbuilder's facility after bending machine manufacturer Unison received an order from Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) for an all-electric machine capable of bending large bore tubing and piping up to eight in. (219 mm OD) in diameter.

Ontario: A True Star

Investing in advanced technology to grow 

Calculated risk

by Kip Hanson

The Problem: Machining capabilities come up short with larger part orders

The Solution: New larger and more flexible machine tool

Ontario machine shop takes a gamble on new equipment

Before you weld

by Nestor Gula

What you do before the arc is started is just as important as the actual weld

College opens Centre for Smart Manufacturing

Conestoga College officially launched its new Centre for Smart Manufacturing located at the Cambridge, ON, campus of the college's Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Precision machining’s expansion in U.S. slowing

The Gardner Business Intelligence (GBI) Precision Machining Index for the U.S. closed May at 58.7, slightly better than April’s 57.9.

Machining: In Focus

By Kip Hanson | Photos by David Afriat

 Quebec camera accessory designer and manufacturer solves a problem that many would like to have

Canadian association launches additive manufacturing network

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has launched a new web site and resource for Canadian manufacturers for additive manufacturing.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn