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Remembrance Day 2017

On this Remembrance Day, we reflect on the sacrifices our men & women in uniform have made to keep our country safe. Tri-Mach Group is proud to honour our servicemen and women. Lest we forget. 

 

Food Performance: How does Western Canada measure up?

From: Food in Canada

Food-borne illness outbreaks and food recalls tend to grab media headlines and consumers’ attention. Many Albertans will be familiar with the XL Foods meat recall, for instance. Overall, there are more than four million cases of food-borne illness per year in Canada. It leaves Canadians to question just how safe is our food. Canadians are also questioning the cost, health and availability of our food.

How well do Western provinces perform? In The Conference Board of Canada’s 2016 provincial food performance report card, Western provinces performed relatively well to their provincial peers. Indeed, Saskatchewan is head of the class among all provinces. The province excels with “A” grades in four of five categories: food safety, industry prosperity, household food security, and environmental sustainability. Its only “B” grade is awarded on the healthy food and diets category. B.C. is also among the top performers, Alberta received an “A” grade for household food security while Manitoba’s best grade was an “A” for food safety.

In 2015, the Conference Board produced an international food performance comparison of Canada’s food system to assess how the food system meets the needs of the population. The report card measures Canada’s performance against 16 OECD countries across the same five elements of the Canadian Food Strategy: industry prosperity, healthy foods and diets, food safety, food security and environmental sustainability. While Canada (along with Ireland) received the top grades in food safety, there is need for improvement, particularly in reporting on chemical risks in food consumption, conducting more frequent nutrition and dietary studies, food traceability and radiation standards in food.

Compared to most of our peers, Canadians generally choose healthy foods, as we consume lower-than-average intake levels of salt and saturated fats and have a diverse diet. However, Canadians’ health is somewhat compromised by higher levels of diabetes and obesity. Moreover, many Canadians bring home more food than they need generating relatively high levels of food waste and are comparable with other countries in terms of their knowledge and literacy about food.

When measured by affordability and price volatility, overall food availability on a national level is not at issue. However, there are localized problems of food access and prices, and at-risk populations (including indigenous people and single-parent households) continue to exist. Canada does not perform as well in other areas. For example, Canada has among the highest rates of both food waste and food losses in the world, and ranks behind all other countries for rates of greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions.

Canada’s industrial strengths in the food sector are its resource endowments, capital available to farms, crop production, and economic viability. However, the Canadian industry falls short of other countries in measures such as food innovation, livestock production, and representation among leading global food companies.The Conference Board of Canada’s 6th Annual Canadian Food & Drink Summit, taking place this December in Calgary, will explore Western Canada’s food performance. Topics of discussion will also include the Barton Report and the recommendations from the federal government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth where agriculture was identified as having strong potential for substantial growth and export improvement. The Summit will also debate the Government of Canada’s National Food Policy and more.

The Summit will feature engaging sessions and an exciting lineup of leading food experts and experienced practitioners who will share best practices and insights with you on how to engage stakeholders and Canadians to take action, including on trade, inspiring food innovation stories from Alberta, healthier beverages, agri-food outlook, reducing food waste, the labour gap in agriculture, affordable diets, organic retail experience, the future of the grocery business, growing culinary experiences, beef and crop sustainability, and more.The goal is to advance Canada’s food performance. Food affects our lives, health, jobs, environment, and economy. Ensuring that our food is of high quality, affordable, healthy and safe to eat matters to every one of us. We hope you will attend the Summit and look forward to seeing you in Calgary on December 4-6, 2017.

Written by: Jean-Charles Le Vallée, PhD,  associate director Food Horizons Canada, The Conference Board of Canada.

Federal Government Invests in Canadian Livestock Health

From: Food in Canada

Guelph, Ont. – Canada’s federal government is supporting livestock health with an investment of $1.31 million.

In a statement, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) says the investment was made to the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) “to help ensure the safe transportation of livestock, develop emergency management tools for the livestock industry and improve animal care assessments.”

Jennifer MacTavish, the chair of the CAHC, says in the statement that the organization appreciates the support. She adds that the funding will help “develop Canada’s Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals and affiliated animal care assurance programs.”

The CAHC is a non-profit organization serving Canada’s farmed animal industry. The organization is a partnership of cross-sectorial organizations, all recognizing a shared responsibility for an effective animal health system.

The investment will be divided between four projects, as noted in the statement, including:

  • Up to $223,929 to develop a new livestock transport on-line certification program that will simplify, standardize and provide an opportunity for truckers, shippers and receivers to more easily access the training necessary to improve handling practices.
  • Up to $160,713 to update the Transportation Codes of Practice for the care and handling of farm animals during transport.
  • Up to $813,200 to develop an emergency management plan for the Canadian livestock industry to help mitigate, to respond to, and to recover from major hazard emergencies.
  • Up to $112,180 to revise the Chicken Farmers of Canada’s animal care assessment program to meet the new Code of Practice for hatching eggs, breeders, chickens and turkeys. The project will strengthen the poultry industry’s capacity to respond to ever increasing demand by markets to demonstrate effective animal care standards.

Canadian Researchers Discover Genetic Clue to Peanut Allergy

From: Food in Canada

Hamilton, Ont. – Canadian researchers, says the Allergy, Genes and Environment Network (AllerGen), have pinpointed a new gene associated with peanut allergy. In a press release (“New genetic clue to peanut allergy,” on Oct. 10, 2017), AllerGen says the discovery offers “further evidence that genes play a role in the development of food allergies and opening the door to future research, improved diagnostics and new treatment options.”

AllerGen is a national research network funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada through the Network of Centres of Excellence program. In the statement, AllerGen explains that “the gene, called c11orf30/EMSY (EMSY), is already known to play a role in other allergy-related conditions, such as eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis. This study is the first to associate the EMSY locus with food allergy, and these findings suggest that the gene plays an important role in the development of not just food allergy but also general allergic predisposition.”

The AllerGen researchers included Dr. Denise Daley, an associate professor at the University of B.C., Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver; and Dr. Ann Clarke, a professor at the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine in Calgary, and adjunct professor at McGill University in Montreal. In the statement, Daley says that “the discovery of this genetic link gives us a fuller picture of the causes of food allergies and this could eventually help doctors identify children at risk.”

AllerGen says that an allergy to peanuts develops early in life “and is rarely outgrown.” Roughly one per cent of Canadian adults and between two and three per cent of Canadian children are affected. Symptoms can be severe to life-threatening. The co-first authors of the study included Dr. Yuka Asai, an AllerGen investigator and assistant professor at Queen’s University, and AllerGen trainee Dr. Aida Eslami, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of B.C.

In the statement, Eslami says the results of the study “suggest that EMSY could be a useful target for predicting and managing food allergy treatments in the future.”

The Conservative Party of Canada Visits Tri-Mach HQ

@AndrewScheer from the Conservative Party of Canada visited Tri-Mach Group’s headquarters last week to speak out on the behalf of small businesses. The Conservative Party of Canada wants to support and protect small businesses and their growth. Tri-Mach Group is a proud supporter of this message: #savelocalbusiness #smallbusinessweek

Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us at Tri-Mach Group: have a fun, safe and memorable Thanksgiving! Enjoy this time with family & friends, we’ll be back tomorrow!

Join Krystal Darling at George Brown College!

Our Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Krystal Darling, will be a guest panelist for George Brown’s “Future Food, Food Future” conference on Monday November 28. Join us as she discusses managing growth and pushing innovation in the food and beverage industries. Hope to see you there!

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In their latest issue of INPACK, Premier Tech Chronos has officially announced their partnership with Tri-Mach Group. Below is a copy of the article.

New Partnership: Tri-Mach Group

Premier Tech Chronos officially announces its new partnership with the Tri-Mach Group, marking a milestone in expanding its food safety expertise. To celebrate the occasion, INPACK presents a portrait of a company that thinks big: the Tri-Mach Group.

Founded in North America 30 years ago, the Tri-Mach Group is a multi-trade, turnkey solutions provider for the food-processing, liquid processing, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and pet food industries. Tri-Mach has maintained its competitiveness over the years by creating personalized sanitary solutions for the challenges facing food industry players. These solutions are adapted to each client’s already existing infrastructure.

In the words of Tri-Mach’s senior management, “Our highly qualified mechanics, manufacturers and engineers are the backbone of the company. Their shared passion and proven talent are unquestionably why our team has grown over the years from three members to more than 90.”

Founded in 1985 by three machinists, Tri-Mach Group Machining & Fabrication Ltd. specialized in the manufacture of equipment for use in the food industry. In 2005, Mike Hahn became the President of Tri-Mach and, under his leadership, the company evolved into the Tri-Mach Group, a complete end-to-end solutions provider with electrical, millwrighting, steel fabrication, machining and design engineering divisions.

The year 2008 marked a significant step for the Group with the introduction of its revolutionary sanitary Ever-Kleen® conveyor system, a product line that provided food processors with the highest level of food safety and sanitary design. Over the years, the food-processing industry revised its standards and began looking for equipment adapted to the new sanitary standards. Suddenly, the Tri-Mach Group found itself in the spotlight.

For the past 30 years, Tri-Mach has continued to evolve while staying solidly rooted in firm values and a strong mission. With its focus on exceeding clients’ expectations, the Tri-Mach Group shares several elements in common with PTC: integrity, motivation, professionalism, positive attitude, commitment and teamwork.

Tim Dolan, Sales Director for Premier Tech Chronos, and Krystal Darling, Vice-President Sales & Marketing at Tri-Mach Group.

Tim Dolan, Sales Director for Premier Tech Chronos, and Krystal Darling, Vice-President Sales & Marketing at Tri-Mach Group.

This complementary vision explains the partnership between PTC and Tri-Mach. As Mike Hahn puts it, “PTC’s outstanding packaging solutions are a natural fit for the custom, high-quality experience we want to provide to all our customers. Their product offerings add another level of customization that we can pass on to clients, which translates to greater customer satisfaction and that, in turn, translates to greater success for both our companies.”

According to Tim Dolan, Sales Director at Premier Tech Chronos and one of the key players responsible for the partnership with the Tri-Mach Group, “PTC and Tri-Mach have formed a unique partnership that complements each other’s offering with robotic packaging solutions for the food industry while satisfying the requirements for sanitary and washdown applications in North America.”

With this new partnership, PTC’s expertise in packaging and end-of-line solutions will help Tri-Mach to provide even more comprehensive custom offerings to their clients as well as to capture new and exciting markets, leading to more sanitary, innovative processing operations across North America and beyond.

For PTC, the sanitary design expertise provided by Tri-Mach is a key element for food industry packaging. This partnership provides an opportunity for both companies to work together to develop more innovative products that are not only easier than ever to clean, but also that keep processors and consumers safe from dangerous foodborne illnesses.

On the occasion of Tri-Mach’s 30th anniversary, we asked Hahn how he sees the future of the company: “Growth, growth, growth! Our satisfied customer list continues to grow, so we’re excited to see an influx of new, talented Tri-Mach teammates in the coming months and years. We look forward to securing more work in the U.S. and continuing to explore more innovative ways of making sanitary, food-safe equipment for all types of processors.”

“We’re looking forward to the next 30 years to see how far we can push the limits of sanitary design and food-safe technology.”
— Krystal Darling

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In addition to this exciting feature, you can also find Tri-Mach conveyors in the latest edition of PTC’s brochure. Visit page 4 here to see some of our Ever-Kleen® conveyors featured.

PRESS RELEASE

RE: Tri-Mach Group of Companies Acquires Advance Millwrights Inc.

The Tri-Mach Group of Companies is pleased to announce today the acquisition of Advance Millwrights Inc., a company operating out of Elmira, ON, specializing in millwright services and the design, fabrication and installation of bucket elevators, conveyors and bins for the agricultural, food, foundry, oil and gas and commercial industries. They also specialize in the packaging and material handling of agricultural products, fertilizer, aggregate and cement, and food products.

The acquisition provides immediate benefits to the organization by almost doubling our workforce of skilled tradespeople. It will also provide opportunities for streamlining operations through common synergies in order to remain competitive in the marketplace. It will enable our organizations to continue to grow by providing multi-trade and turn-key solutions through world-class design engineering, custom fabrication, millwrighting, automation, systems integration and plant maintenance.

At present, each company will continue to operate under its own name.

We appreciate the continued cooperation from all of our employees and stakeholders as we work through this transition period.

We would like to warmly welcome Advance Millwrights Inc. as the newest member of the Tri-Mach Group of Companies.

Sincerely,


Harold Whiteside, CPA. CMA.

President & CEO
Tri-Mach Group of Companies

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Tri-Mach Group Inc. is a multi-trade, turn-key solution provider of sanitary equipment and best-in-class services for the food processing, liquid processing, and pharmaceutical industries.

With over 30 years of industry experience, we offer our customers custom solutions to complex problems, saving both time & money. Our services include design engineering, custom stainless steel fabrication, millwrighting, machining, electrical, automation, systems integration, and plant maintenance. Our experience, knowledge, reputation, and commitment to food safety are the keys to our success!

Download the official press release here.

Tri-Mach Group Inc. announces exclusive distribution partnership with A-ONE Manufacturing in Canada

TMG + A-One



Tri-Mach Group Inc. is proud to announce an exclusive distribution partnership with A-ONE Manufacturing, a leading stainless steel fabrication company based in Stafford, Missouri. This strategic relationship establishes Tri-Mach Group Inc. as the exclusive sales, services & parts representatives within Canada.

With nearly 55 years of experience manufacturing stainless steel equipment for the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, A-ONE Manufacturing boasts an impressive array of pre-fabricated and custom-built products.

Product offerings from A-ONE Manufacturing, now available from Tri-Mach Group, include:

  • Dumpers
  • Storage Loaders
  • Screw Conveyors
  • Blenders
  • Pallet Lifts
  • Cookers
  • Tanks
  • V Mags
  • Pallet Exchangers
  • Tumblers
  • Racks & Rack Loaders
  • Vat Inverters

This strategic alignment with A-ONE Manufacturing compliments Tri-Mach Group’s mission to providing best-in-class turn-key solutions to the food processing, liquid processing and pharmaceutical industries.

To learn more about how products from A-ONE Manufacturing can complement your processing line, contact:

Krystal Darling
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
519-744-6565
kdarling(at)tri-mach.com
Kory Graham
Sales Account Manager
519-744-6565
kgraham(at)tri-mach.com