Congratulations are in order to long time North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce member, GIN-COR Industries of Mattawa. On Thursday night in Timmins, GIN-COR was awarded “Company of the Year 51+ employee’s category)” at the 31st annual Northern Ontario Business Awards (NOBA’s). This award comes on the heels of a number of great things that have been happening down Hwy 17, in Mattawa.
Since 1978, when the company was created by Robert Corriveau, Phillipe & Louis Gingras primarily as a welding and repair shop, the company has seen many changes since those early days. Fabrication, product sales and service, evolved the company into a trusted name throughout the region and beyond. In 2002 the company was purchased by Robert Corriveau’s nephew, Luc Stang.
Since 2002, Luc Stang has assembled a team that has brought this company to a new level. Acquisitions, partnerships and expansions see a company that has reached well beyond regional or even provincial boundaries. The Company and its affiliates cover North America and provide sales and services to a much diversified customer base. For the past three consecutive years, GIN-COR Industries has been named to the Profit 500 fastest growing Canadian Companies, improving its rankings each year…and all this is happening in the Town of Mattawa.
To be recognized by your peers for outstanding success, is no doubt an honour for the company and its employees and make no mistake about it, Stang credits the company successes, to his entire team. Speaking on behalf of Stang at the NOBA Awards dinner, CFO Renzo Silveri credited the continued success to the team for their hard work and determination to follow their President’s philosophy of “not be the biggest, but to be really good at what we do”.
It was interesting to attend the Awards dinner in Timmins and hear the stories of other successful businesses from across Northern Ontario. Whether it be Mattawa, Attawapiskat, Thunder Bay and all parts in between, the common threads between these entrepreneurs was very clear. Hard work, determination, innovation along with a bit of luck thrown into the mix and you will be successful in Northern Ontario. Every business that received an award last week, attributed their success to their teams and told all attendees at the NOBA’s, that it was the key.
Also, in so far as team work goes, Marla Tremblay of Markey Consulting from Sturgeon Falls was also recognized for her company’s work with the City of Temiskaming Shores as Entrepreneurial Community of the Year for 2017. Congratulations to Marla and her team as well. It appears there really is something to working as a team. If these two companies from outside our City can accomplish these accolades and successes, we might all take the lead from them and follow their models. Congratulations to both companies and their entire teams.
Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.