U.S. mould-parts distribution centre opens in Tecumseh
Thursday, November 2, 2017
The Windsor Star/Craig Pearson
A Michigan-based manufacturer and distributor of parts for injection-moulding and die-casting tools on Thursday officially opened a Canadian distribution centre in Tecumseh.
The PCS Company, a 60-year-old enterprise based in Fraser, Mich., launched a 2,500-square-foot warehouse at 2050 Halford Rd. with dignitary speeches and a green ribbon-cutting.
“We are in Windsor, Ont., because we view this in some ways as the epicentre of the mould-making market in Canada and to a certain extent in North America,” PCS Company president Dave Cataldi said. “And we think having a presence in the Canadian market is critical to our strategy going forward.”
Tom Bain, Essex County Warden and chair of the development corporation, said the local automotive sector should help boost PCS’s foray into Canada.
“I’m sure your company is going to be able to dig in and take off,” Bain said. “I feel you’re going to fit in perfectly.”
The company’s $200,000 local investment will create a total of four jobs: two in the warehouse and two in sales, though Cataldi said it’s possible the company will grow in the future.
“It’s tremendous,” said Stephen MacKenzie, CEO of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, which has been working to help bring PCS to the area for months. “It’s an expansion of the machine, tool and die cluster.
“So starting here with a warehouse is a great introduction to the market. It strengthens the cluster.”
MacKenzie hopes the four jobs will increase soon.
“I loved the president’s comments, that it’s an expansion and we’ll see how far it can go,” MacKenzie said. “I think the projection over the first year and a half will be to grow to 10. That’s not an insufficient number for a new company.”
Cataldi considers growth in Canada possible.
“Hopefully, we can evolve the business and make it a bigger place,” Cataldi said, noting that his company focuses on customer service, which he thinks can generate new business.
Though PCS officially opened its doors Thursday, its Tecumseh warehouse started operating a few weeks ago, serving the local plastic-injection industry.
“So far we’re seeing an uptick, a substantial uptick,” Cataldi said. “And we think there’s a lot more to come.”