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Etobicoke MPP Yvan Baker Visits Kinectrics Facilities

August 20, 2015

MPP Yvan Baker and Harvey Pellegrini, P. Eng., Member of the PEO (Professional Engineers of Ontario) and the Etobicoke Chapter of the Government Liaison Program (GLP), visited Kinectrics recently to view the company's lab facilities. MPP Baker was invited as a provincial representative for Etobicoke, where the Kinectrics head office is located and, the visit was arranged through the PEO GLP Committee.

Accompanied by Kinectrics' CEO David Harris, and John D'Angelo, General Manager of Kinectrics' Nuclear Products and Engineered Services business, MPP Baker and PEO member Pellegrini first toured Kinectrics' large mechanical testing lab, which features thermal chambers, a conductor dynamics room and steam facility for nuclear equipment qualification. 

Stops at the Kinectrics High Voltage and expanded High Current testing labs followed and the tour included the Kinectrics Analytical Chemistry and Radioactive Materials Facility, where Baker and Pellegrini observed some of the many complex chemistry testing services performed by Kinectrics specialists.

At a boardroom meeting, Harris commented on the overall role of Kinectrics within the industry. "Kinectrics' expertise and lab facilities in providing technical support to utilities are critically important to ensuring a reliable electricity infrastructure and, underpinning future prosperity in Ontario. The importance of decisions being made by the provincial parliament today cannot be overstated. Government action regarding the refurbishment of Darlington and Bruce will determine the long-term health and future of the industry", said Harris.

John D'Angelo added that through its long established high-level technical support to utilities, Kinectrics continues to grow the number of well-paying jobs in Etobicoke and throughout the province.

MPP Baker was impressed by both the scope and quality of Kinectrics' technical capabilities--and by the opportunities to observe first-hand the specialized engineering and testing services the company supplies to the electricity industry.

At the conclusion of the event, Harris confirmed the appreciation of both Kinectrics' management and staff for opportunities such as the visit by Messrs. Baker and Pellegrini to directly demonstrate the company's capabilities and benefits.