“The new partnership between MAN Diesel & Turbo SE and Aspin Kemp & Associates Inc. (AKA) will bring in a large amount of business development opportunities that should result in an increase in jobs in manufacturing and engineering,” says Tobia Wiedemer, Business Development Specialist with AKA.
The majority of the new jobs will be at AKA’s Poole’s Corner location, with some growth expected at the Stratford location.
“As engineering ramps up and opportunities are converted to contracts, we should see up to 10 or more new production and technician positions created between the Poole’s Corner and Stratford locations in the short term. Long-term employment benefits will certainly be positive. However, it is difficult to estimate at this early stage in the partnership.”
Jason Aspin is the CEO and co-founder of AKA. Their headquarters are in Montague, and there are locations in Stratford and Poole’s Corner. The company operates internationally with offices in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Singapore. About 100 full-time staff and a number of contractors work on PEI.
The investment and partnership has MAN Diesel & Turbo stepping in as a 40 percent shareholder in AKA. “It’s really been critical to take the innovation that we’ve developed to the next level,” says Jason. “It’s been important to find a global partner who has a stronger brand and client base and is able to allow us to compete with larger organizations around the world.”
MAN Diesel & Turbo, based in Germany, is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel and gas engines and turbomachinery.
The company employs about 14,500 staff at more than 100 international sites. The company manufactures two-stroke and four-stroke engines for marine and stationary applications, turbochargers and propellers, gas and steam turbines, compressors, and chemical reactors.
“MAN Diesel & Turbo has a huge marine and power customer base throughout the world, and we will be introducing and directing work to AKA,” says Dave Samson, Integration Lead for MAN’s new partnership with AKA.
“The partnership will allow AKA to access new global opportunities that have been challenging for the company to secure in the past,” says Jason. “This will result in the steady production of new products that will bring in more employment for the Island-based AKA locations.”
“We’ve recently hired a graduate of the UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering,” says Tobia. “We will hire locally as much as we can. Most of the Technicians on AKA’s team are typically Holland College graduates or other skilled trades people from the local area.”
Job titles to be filled into 2018
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Mechanical Technicians
- Electrical Technicians
- Human Resources
- Sales Team