Barrie Manufacturing Company ‘Digs’ for Honda Award

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“Honda has a very large reach. … We ship lots of tractor-trailer parts directly to Ohio and Alabama and places like this, ”says ABA Machine & Welding General Manager

A 31-year-old Barrie company has been honored by Honda North America for meeting recent challenges and being able to maintain supplies from the automaker.

ABA Machine & Welding, located on Welham Road in the south of the city, received Honda’s Challenging Spirit award as an indirect supplier.

“It’s actually pretty important,” said Chad Mullins, general manager of the local machinery and welding company. “Honda has a very large reach. … We ship lots of tractor-trailer parts directly to Ohio and Alabama and places like that.

“Usually when they ask for a delivery date, that’s when they need it and that’s when they need to be there,” he added. . “As a business, we have to dig deep and do what needs to be done to meet their demand.

The award recognizes ABA’s ability to go beyond its manufacturing by supplying Honda factories across the continent, particularly facing the challenges of the pandemic.

The auto industry, and many others, have been hampered by a global parts shortage and shipping delays over the past 18 months.

The Barrie-based company “continued to be one of the most reliable machine shops for Honda Engineering North America (EGA) in Canada, Ohio, Alabama and Indiana,” a letter accompanying the award said. “Despite the challenges presented by COVID, the labor shortage and supply issues, ABA Machine & Welding (Barrie), Inc. has grown its Honda EGA business by more than 13%.”

Mullins says years of experience have helped the company meet demand, despite challenges that include an increased labor shortage.

“Skilled labor is difficult for us to find, but we have a lot of loyal and quality artisans who are employed now. And when Honda basically calls us and asks, “Can you do that, can you answer our delivery?” “We almost always say yes,” he said.

The shortage of trades has worsened in recent years, Mullins added.

ABA Machine & Welding employs around 40 people, but if more skilled help was available it said it would grow by adding more machines and increasing its workforce.

The company serves the automotive, automation, mining and construction industries, manufacturing everything from small, complex 3D machine components to welding various structures.

Machinists typically earn over $ 30 an hour. Mullin says the ABA recruits apprentices to help people develop their careers.


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