Vander Doelen: Tooling Industry Rocking
The Windsor Star/Chris VanderDoelen
Just outside Windsor in Oldcastle – or “Mouldcastle,” as some in the automotive industry jokingly call the suburb – construction of the first new tooling factory in the region since 2007 is nearing completion.
After trying repeatedly to buy a bigger plant to replace three smaller ones, the owners of Select Tool Inc. gave up. They decided to invest in new space for a burgeoning staff of 107 quality control manufacturing specialists.
“We were splitting at the seams and we just couldn’t accommodate our growth anymore,” says Trish Prince, controller of the 18-year-old company. “We’d been looking for a new place for at least two years. But we couldn’t find anything that was big enough.”
Thanks to the world-beating quality of its work, Windsor and Essex County’s $1-billion-a-year automotive machine, the tool, die and mould-making sector is rocking with good news these days.