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Gray Tools Canada ups the ante with vertical machining centre

December 7, 2016
By Renée Francoeur Electrical Business

Gray Tools’ VMC.

Dec. 7, 2016 – Gray Tools Canada Inc. (Brampton, Ont.) has acquired a new vertical machining centre (VMC) — essentially a computer-controlled mill — to take its manufacturing up a notch and the recent commissioning of the equipment was the final step in a nearly 18-month process.

“It was a long and sometimes frustrating process, however now that the equipment has been installed and is producing tools being sold worldwide, I am extremely proud and pleased because of what it represents to Gray Tools, its customers and Canadian manufacturing as a whole,” said Paul Dean, vice-president of operations at Gray Tools.

“At a cost of $300,000, this represents a significant strategic investment for us,” said Gary Nuttall, president of Gray Tools. “The new machinery will be instrumental in manufacturing products such as large combination, striking face and strike free wrenches. Its implementation will deliver improved product quality, shorter lead-times, mark an important internal shift towards advanced manufacturing and enhance the company’s competitiveness in the marketplace.”

This is the first of several strategic equipment initiatives planned at the company, Nuttall added.

Established in 1912, Gray Tools says it is the only industrial-quality manufacturer of hand tools in Canada. The company currently offers more than 6,000 industrial product solutions and operates two warehouses in Canada.


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