Breath Check: Respiratory protection violations among OSHA’s top-10 most frequently cited

Toronto, Ontario — How’s your respirator fitting these days? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recent list of the top 10 most frequently cited violations of 2020, the United States saw more than 2,500 respiratory protection violations last year. “We’re finding these violations in autobody, paint and interior repair and maintenance shops,” […]

OVIN for Business: Ontario to invest $56.4 million for auto sector, advanced manufacturing

Toronto, Ontario — Ontario will invest $56.4 million over the next four years to create the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN). The province’s Conservative government unveiled its budget plans for 2021 on Wednesday, where it said it is prepared to support “Ontario’s role of the manufacturing hub of Canada.” The new program expands on the […]

What the Truck: Toronto dump truck pushes car along Gardiner Expressway

Toronto, Ontario — Drivers who frequent Toronto-area highways are more alert than ever, thanks to a recent viral video showing a dump truck pushing a Mini Cooper along the Gardiner Expressway. Police say the dump truck driver pushed the Mini Cooper for more than half a kilometre. Plumes of black smoke can be seen in the […]

Tuesday Ticker: March 23, 2021

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— In this week’s Tuesday Tickers, U.S. officials set their eyes on Canada for EV material production, Porsche further considers the idea of an initial public offering and market analysts make wild predictions on Tesla’s future share prices. Scouting success On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Commerce is hosting a closed-door virtual meeting […]

Production Pauses: DesRosiers shares motor vehicle assembly stats for 2020

Toronto, Ontario – According to DesRoisers Automotive Consultants Inc. (DAC), the year 2020 has not been kind to motor vehicle assembly in Canada. With plant shutdowns, models cut from automaker rosters, and production pausing during the pandemic, shipments for the motor vehicle assembly industry dropped 28.2 percent for the year. For the first time since […]

Community Service: Linamar announces opening of community vaccine clinic in Guelph

A Linamar facility in Guelph, Ontario. The auto parts manufacturer has made a play to acquire Montupet, a major producer of aluminum.

Guelph, Ontario — Linamar Corp. is officially stepping up to the front lines of the COVID-19 vaccination effort with the announcement that the company will be setting up a community clinic that could deliver up to 2,000 vaccines per day. In conjunction with the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health unit, who will be handling the scheduling of […]

Top-Notch Training: AkzoNobel unveils new high-tech meeting and instructional center

Norcross, Georgia – AkzoNobel announced the grand opening of its new high-tech national meeting and instructional center today. The room features audio-visual equipment designed to bring any meeting to the virtual space. Michael Kuntz, Sales capability & training manager at AkzoNobel, came up with the idea in order to reach customers more effectively. “In any […]

Oh Snap: Snap-on acquires Ontario-based Dealer-FX

Markham, Ontario — HGGC, the private equity firm that controls Canadian operations software provider Dealer-FX, has sold the company to Snap-on Inc., the companies announced Monday. The giant manufacturer of hand tools, shop equipment, diagnostic software and other service department products paid HGGC US$200 million cash for Dealer-FX, of Markham, Ont. Dealer-FX’s service lane software […]

Can’t Miss IBIS: IBIS releases two-year events roadmap, 2022 plans for all in-person

Toronto, Ontario — Showing their resilience and ability to adapt on-the-fly, the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) has announced an ambitious two-year events roadmap, according to a press release from Tuesday. IBIS’s schedule for 2021 is set to feature six entirely digital events that are sure to be packed with presentations, panels, interviews and plenty […]