Kingston’s BGM Metalworks Inc. Poised for Continued Growth in 2021
When you first meet BGM Metalworks Inc. (BGM) Directors Jason Fleming and Tyler Krawatis, you realize quickly their passion for their employees, clients, and the metalworking industry in Eastern Ontario.
Mr. Fleming and Mr. Krawatis took ownership of BGM in 2012 after having been employees for several years. Their vision from the initial day of ownership is in four specific areas:
- To increase the customer base.
- To generate a tiered apprentice program increasing the education and benefits for BGM employees.
- To substantially increase spending in capital equipment modernizing the company.
- To build and design a state-of-the-art facility to maximize efficiencies and increase their footprint in the industry.
Walking onto the shop floor of BGM’s newly constructed Kingston facility, it’s anything but an image of an old-school fabrication shop.
Many design features have been made to further enhance their footprint in the industry. With in-floor heating, three 5-ton overhead cranes, custom ventilation system, and a separate paint facility, new technology adoption is just one illustration of commitment to their employees and customers.
“BGM’S fabrication-welding/machine shop and construction divisions have all been greatly enhanced by the new location and commitment to some of the best trained tradespeople in the industry,” says Tyler Krawaitis. “Along with their strategic location close to the new third crossing and major road and rail arteries, BGM’s commitment to the community is a great example of the strength in manufacturing in Kingston and Eastern Ontario.”
“The new shop was long overdue,” Jason Fleming outlined in our interview. “Going from 15,000 sf split between two shops to just over 25,000sf under one roof has allowed us to take on multiple large projects without taking away from existing jobs. The new building sits on 4 acres which also allows for future expansion. BGM’s biggest strength is the ability to adapt to individual customer needs by partnering and growing with them. Great employees with a wide range of skills are the key, the new location just makes it easier.”
Since it’s establishment in 1993, BGM has grown to employ over 45 people including welders, fabricators, millwrights, machinists, professional Project Managers and quality control specialists. A diverse workforce is essential as operations are anything but routine from a day-to-day basis at BGM. One day you may be working on complex mechanical equipment for industry, the next you may be designing and welding structural steel components.
“Aside from the substantial investment in new technology and in our city, we applaud the management team at BGM in its integration with St. Lawrence College’s Kingston campus. Through program advisory support and in-class instruction, BGM staff are not only contributing to the Kingston economic framework but also are invested in developing the workforce for the future,” says Ian Murdoch, Business Development Officer with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation. “When business owners give back to the growth of the community like this, the benefits cannot be undervalued, it’s really the hard work and investment of these types of businesses that make Kingston thrive.”
The sustainability of BGM is a great example of the strength in manufacturing in Kingston and Eastern Ontario.
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