Sixty years of historical past had been on show Thursday afternoon as Atom-Jet Industries celebrated a serious milestone.
Present staff, retired employees and dignitaries stuffed a tent outdoors Atom-Jet headquarters on Park Avenue to honour the corporate’s progress because it was based in 1962.
As proprietor Barry LaRocque defined, the corporate’s title is a sign of the merchandise it used to make earlier than dedicating itself to machining work and making agricultural merchandise, like seed openers.
Atom-Jet’s first product was a humidifier that atomized water and jetted it into the air. Although the corporate now not manufactures the humidifiers, barbecues or farmyard energy poles it was recognized for within the early days, the unique product is immortalized in its title.
On a desk contained in the constructing, amongst a number of artifacts from Atom-Jet’s historical past, was a type of early humidifiers so friends might get a firsthand have a look at historical past.
LaRocque attributed Atom-Jet’s longevity to the corporate making itself a staple of Brandon and the communities to which it expanded.
“I feel the corporate is predicated on the previous,” LaRocque stated, a nod to the previous staff in attendence in addition to Brad Wallin, the stepson of former proprietor Clare Coburn and a previous worker of the corporate.
“They constructed the corporate, they had been right here lengthy earlier than me and loads of the individuals right here. I feel they’re the inspiration of what we’ve got right here right now, so I needed to pay homage to them and present that we respect what they’ve achieved.”
Gross sales employees for Atom-Jet from different provinces and cities had been additionally in attendance, in addition to staff from sister firm Glendale Industries.
LaRocque expressed hope that Atom-Jet would stick round as a enterprise to not simply assist the households of present staff however of future ones, as effectively.
Among the modernization work being achieved so as to add pc numerical management machining in addition to robotic parts will maintain the corporate forward of the curve, in accordance with LaRocque.
Mayor Rick Chrest congratulated the corporate on its anniversary and shared a private connection he has with Atom-Jet.
When his household operated Chrest Dry Cleaners on Rosser Avenue, the mayor recalled they’d go to Atom-Jet to get parts made or fastened for his or her gear as a substitute of ordering them from someplace distant.
“He was a particularly distinctive, extremely smart, huge thinker,” Chrest stated of Coburn. “Which most likely left his mark on this place to develop via Barry and all of the individuals who work right here.”
Additionally current was Brandon West Progressive Conservative MLA Reg Helwer, who remembered being tasked to convey a driveshaft from a machine at his household’s enterprise, Shur-Gro Farm Companies, right down to Atom-Jet for Coburn to take a look at.
After his remarks, Helwer introduced LaRocque with a signed certificates from Premier Heather Stefanson commemorating the anniversary.
Coun. Jeff Fawcett (Assiniboine) advised the assembled crowd that Atom-Jet is a vital part of the native economic system not simply due to how many individuals it employs, however as a result of its lengthy attain brings cash into the group.
Brandon Chamber of Commerce president Tanya LaBuick stated her group likes to champion each enterprise on the town, however particularly ones which have lasted so long as Atom-Jet. Because the proprietor of a enterprise that’s celebrating its sixth anniversary this yr, she stated lasting for 60 years looks as if “one heck of an achievement.”
“Clare would have been completely amazed,” Wallin stated of his stepfather.
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