IH Daily News Brief, November 5, 2004
VAC AERO International of Oakville has picked up the ninth annual Master Craftsman Award.
The award is bestowed by Industrial Heating Magazine and the Metal Treating Institute (MTI), of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. VAC AERO International is a privately-owned company founded in 1959 to provide heat treating services to aerospace and high technology industries. Since then, the company has expanded to serve a global customer base with a number of products and services related to heat treating.
VAC AERO’s head office and four production facilities are located near Toronto. The Québec Division is situated in the heart of the province’s aerospace community with plants in St. Laurent and Boucherville, Quebec. VAC AERO Kalisz Sp. z.o.o (Kalisz, Poland) and VAC AERO Europe Sarl (Granges, Switzerland) serve VAC AERO customers in Europe. VAC AERO was awarded a plaque and $1,500 to be used as an education scholarship in material sciences or heat treatment. The award is based on contributions made by each applicant company in the areas of quality programs, pollution/hazardous waste control and community involvement. Bill Potts and Jeff Pritchard of VAC AERO accepted the award during Furnaces North America 2004 held in Nashville, Tennessee September 24. Judges for the event were: Harry Hall, president/owner of Aberfoyle Metal Treaters, Guelph; Nick Zingale, president of Affinity Consultants, Canal Fulton, Ohio; John Reger, Winston Heat Treating Inc., Dayton, Ohio; Dan Herring, The Herring Group Inc., Elmhurst, Ill.; and Doug Glenn, publisher, and Ed Kubel, editor, of Industrial Heating.
Since the award’s establishment in 1995, Industrial Heating has invested a total of $12,000 in training and education through MTI member companies and the Master Craftsman Award.