Friday 29 July 2016

Davis Controls Ltd. - What’s New In The Neighborhood In 2016?

What’s New In the Neighborhood In 2016 ?

Exactly one year ago today, I posted a blog about the construction of a new engineering office building across the street and I recall wondering then, who our new neighbours might be.  Today, one year later, the construction is complete, the parking lot is paved and lined, trees and shrubs have been planted and the irrigation system has been running non-stop during our recent heat wave….and we are still wondering who our new neighbours will be.  The lights are on, but there is nobody home?

One Year Ago
                                               Here is a sample of the price of admission:
                                              -  Est. Monthly Rent: $82,368
                                              -  Floor: 7
                                              -  Size 27,648 SF
                                              -  Gross Rent $35.75/SF
                                              -  Base Rent $24.00/SF
                                              -  Additional Rent $11.75/SF
                                              -  Availability Now

Hopefully this new complex has been designed with an upscale cafeteria that will give DCL / Oakville employees one more dining option for lunch.  Not that there is a shortage of dining options already.  In addition to the dozen or so fast food outlets within a 5 minute drive, we already have several dining (fine and otherwise) choices within a 5 minute walk.  The 24 cinema theatre complex just around the corner is surrounded by no less than 12 eateries ranging from elegant to unsophisticated.  


In this same complex, they are currently renovating the building that used to house LA Fitness.  This facility will soon become the new home of Dave & Busters. 
Billed as the ONLY place to Eat, Drink, Play & Watch Sports all under one roof, at Dave & Buster's visitors can play hundreds of the hottest new arcade games in the Million Dollar Midway. AND, there will be even more places to eat, from wings to steaks, as well as a premium bar featuring innovative cocktails, an impressive wine selection and more than 20 selections of beer.  Sounds like my kind of place!  You will soon be able to watch your team on one of the massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound that will surround you from every direction in the sports bar.

Our little corner of Winston Churchill Business Park is quickly becoming a major center of Leading edge Technology, Engineered Solutions, Fine Dining, After Hours Clubs and Entertainment.

Tuesday 12 July 2016

Davis Controls Ltd. - So much to do…so little time.

So much to do…so little time.

Brent O'Connor and Neil Montgomery at Danfoss Drives Conference - March 2016 - New Orleans
For three days, March 13 – 15, 2016, the city of New Orleans played host to ‘The Danfoss Drives Conference’, billed as the world’s largest Drives conference, with more than 50 speakers, 80 breakout sessions and 600 VFD experts in attendance.  One of the main objectives of the conference was to present the ‘New’ Danfoss Drives organization and extended portfolio created through the acquisition of Vacon.  In addition to new product launch announcements, business news and highlights, AC drive application case studies and success stories, discussions about current megatrends and insights into the AC drives future, attendees were encouraged to embrace the Jazz club / gangster / speak-easy look of New Orleans in the 1930’s.  Thankfully there was no prohibition this week and Brent O’Connor and I did our best to blend in.

The event was so successful that Danfoss decided to take the show on the road and from June 8 – 10, 2016, hosted a similar but smaller Canadian forum at the Four Points by Sheraton, Niagara Falls Fallsview in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Davis Controls took full advantage of this local Canadian conference by sending 15 of our own sales reps, who in turn each invited VFD customers from their respective sales territories.  The event was a huge success and Danfoss plans to continue this initiative with other sales and customer events in the future.

For the Ontario sales reps, the training didn’t end with Danfoss.  On June 21, Naas DeJager from ABB Measurement Products conducted an Actuator & Positioner portfolio overview as well as sales and technical training on the TZIDC / EDP300 products, including Programming & Diagnostics.  Then on the second day, the four Product Managers of the Pressure, Temperature, Analytical, Recording & Control and Flow portfolios presented an overview with highlights of their products, complete with sales success stories and helpful selling tips.

Within the last 30 days, our Business Development Managers have been out to work with our people in Vancouver and Saskatchewan, manning trade shows in Dartmouth NS and making joint calls with our team in Montreal.  On July 12, we are off to Los Alamitos, California to visit our friends at Flowline and learn all about their next generation of products and soon we will be in Winnipeg and then Vancouver again to make more joint calls with our people there.  There is a lot going on right now and while we can’t be everywhere, we are doing our best to be where we are needed when it counts.