Manufacturer fuels up its hiring mode

Northside Industries, a manufacturer of fuel tanks for the oil and gas sector, is doing what many others can’t, given the current economic landscape.

Northside Industries, a manufacturer of fuel tanks for the oil and gas sector, is doing what many others can’t, given the current economic landscape.

It’s hiring.

Northside Industries president Steve McKay said that the company is in a unique situation.

“I think certainly in today’s economic times, you’re not seeing a lot of companies out there going down the hiring path,” said McKay.

“We’ve had very steady growth over the last two years and we’re continuing to grow.”

Northside Industries is recruiting skilled and semiskilled tradespeople to meet increasing demand for its products.

It has an immediate need for steel and aluminum welders, machine operators for brake press and laser cutting equipment and production workers.

The company, which has been in business for about 40 years under a number of different owners, was sold to a large international buyer in 2009.

At that time, McKay bought the fuel tank line assets off of his other partners and carried on using the Northside name on a smaller scale.

“In 2009, when we sold the business, I carried on with about 10 of us total. Now we’re over 50 people.”

McKay said that selling the business and carrying on in a smaller capacity was a good move.

“We got the right people in the right positions and we’re complimenting those people with leading edge technology in laser cutting and forming.”

The company also manufactures steel and aluminum fabrications for the forestry industry, as well as fabrications for oil and gas and heavy trucks.

Northside Industries supplies products to B.C., Alberta and various areas of the United States.

According to McKay, the future doesn’t look any dimmer.

“From what we’re seeing, over the next six months, things are looking fairly good. We’re seeing our customers increasing their build rates and demands.”

 

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