Monday 8 July 2013

Davis Controls Ltd. - Raising the Roof

I can still remember the buzz and excitement, the detailed planning and the hours of preparation that came with our decision to leave 4251 Dundas Street W. in 1989 and build new facilities in Oakville.  That was 24 years ago, and while everything was fresh and new then, the building is beginning to show it’s age now.  Over the years, we have been able to keep up with maintenance of the cosmetic items, like fresh paint, new carpets and foundation planting, but now we are faced with more structural problems, specifically a leaky roof.  Our plan is to replace the 12,000 sq ft office roof this year and the 8,000 sq ft warehouse roof next year.                           

No sooner had we placed the order to replace the old roof, a job that requires 5 straight days of good weather, an extreme weather system characterized by high humidity moved in, and our new roof has been in a rain delay for the past three weeks.  The roofing material has been sitting on the roof and a 20 yd dumpster has been taking up the entire front parking lot for weeks and yet, no work has been done, due to the threat of rain.  Today, even though they are still forecasting thunderstorms in the area, the project has finally begun and by the end of this week, we will either have a new roof, or a lot of water damage in the office.

Another significant development that is occurring now is the expansion of our footprint in Western Canada.  On August 01, 2013, we will open an office in Calgary AB, and we will staff this office with one of our more experienced Product Specialists from the Oakville office.  This new office will assist our Customers in Western Canada with order entry, technical support and inventory as well as provide our three field sales representatives in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver with a trained and experienced product specialist to back them up.

Finally, to help commemorate our 80 years in business this year, plans are underway to host a customer appreciation Open House in September.  In conjunction with this event, we will publish an 80th Anniversary brochure and invite our suppliers to participate in a New Product Showcase staged throughout the building during the Open House.  In addition to giving us the chance to say thanks to many of the customers who have contributed to our growth and success during these last 80 years, we will use this opportunity to give most of our key suppliers the opportunity to meet some of their best customers in Canada.  It also provides me with the excuse to tidy the place up a bit.  Look for more information about our 80th Anniversary Open House in the weeks ahead.


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