by Stella Shepard
Todd Cormier, President of Eastern Fabricators, spoke at the recent Explore Economics East conference, hosted by the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce.
Todd and Rob Mayhew, Vice President, started Eastern Fabricators in 2013 at the Aspin Kemp & Associates facility in Pooles Corner. In 2017, the fast-growing company moved to the former Georgetown Timber Mill.
The business is a testament that great things can happen in rural PEI. They are an industry leader in designing, building and installing custom-engineered stainless steel food processing systems, which they sell to customers around the world.
A team of highly experienced staff work with clients to identify their unique needs and work directly with clients to improve efficiencies and productivity through the use of innovative technology, design, and most importantly, years of experience in the field.
Six years ago, Todd took his idea of starting a fabrication company to the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) located on Main Street, Montague for financial and business assistance. He met with Martina MacDonald, Executive Director of CBDC East.
“Martina works endlessly to help her clients and her community,” says Todd. “If everybody was as helpful and positive as her, the community would be twice as big.”
CBDC assists in the creation of small businesses and in the expansion or modernization of existing businesses by providing financial and technical services.
“CBDC gave us our first financing to secure the Pooles Corner location,” says Todd. “We opened the doors with two employees. Today, we employ about 85 staff, and we are continually hiring.
“We have hired staff who worked in Alberta, came back to PEI, and are now working for us. We have a great team. I take them anywhere in the world, which has paid off for us. They build the projects, and they know what they are doing.”
- Office Manager
- Business/Sales Manager
- Project Managers
- Engineering Manager
- Mechanical Engineer
- 3D Designer
- Quality Control/Quality Assurance Manager
- HR Manager
- Production Manager
- Purchasing Agent
- Stock Room Clerk
- Stainless Steel Fabricator
- Skilled Labourer
- System Installer
“Education and training requirements depend on the position,” says Todd. “We hire college and university graduates, high school and GED graduates, and staff with trade designations.”
“We are currently looking to hire Mechanical Engineers and skilled Tradespeople. Jobs are posted on the Job Bank, WorkPEI, social media, and other job posting sites.”
“In the early days, most of our marketing was done through word-of-mouth,” says Todd. “One customer led to another. However, I went on a trade mission in Boston in 2017, which led to projects worth $7 million.
“Earlier this year, I went on a trade mission to Germany, which resulted in a project for a German company. Attending trade missions can lead to new markets and the chance to compete in a global marketplace. If you put a quality product out there, buyers will come looking for it.”
For more information about Eastern Fabricators, call 902-283-1900. Visit www.easternfabricators.com or follow the company on Twitter and Facebook.
For more information about Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce, contact Lori MacGregor, Executive Director at 902-838-3131 or visit www.epeicc.ca
For more information about services offered at the Rural Action Centre, visit www.ruralactioncentre.ca
For more about CBDC, visit www.cbdc.ca