Neutron hosted their 19th annual Christmas Dinner for staff and family at The Fat Cow and Oyster Bar in Langley. The venue was perfect for our large group, the food was amazing and the service impeccable! It’s safe to say everyone had a fantastic night with lots of laughs and left with full stomachs! We’d like to give a shout out to Chris Roper and his team at The Fat Cow for putting on such a great evening… great job guys! Check them out: www.thefactcow.ca, we highly recommend.
Rick and his team at Neutron want to thank all the guys who attended our 6th Annual Men’s Dinner hosted by Mark Brand at Save On Meats in Vancouver. Aside from being a great reason to get out with the boys to celebrate another great year, we also wanted to raise money for a couple of local women’s shelters on the downtown east side through A Better Life Foundation . We were overwhelmed with the direct impact this small group of leaders had on our community…
We raised $24,000 at the dinner, this equates to 6,971 nutritious meals. There are 41 women at the Rainier, this will provide 170 days of full meals.
Donations were matched by Ryan Benn and his team at Alive Magazine.
Don has also committed to working with Mark Brand and his team at ABLF to develop the ‘Better Life Fish Donation’ program for the upcoming season at Shearwater Fishing Lodge. Don estimates a potential to secure upwards of 2000lbs to 3000lbs of Salmon,equating to close to 10,000 nutritious meals!
As a long time supporter and partner of Quest Food Exchange, Neutron was honored to be presented with an MVP Award for assisting Quest in opening their North Vancouver market this summer. Rick Gibbs joined Naved Noorani to MC Quest’s Annual Partner Appreciation event hosted at their headquarters on Dundas St in Vancouver October 16th 2017. We’d like to recognized all of Quest’s staff Elizabeth Lewis, Cathy Sleiman, Ricky Tam, Flora Leung, Surindra Sugrim, Sandra Mora, Sarah Abbott and Maureen O’Brien for making the evening a great success. Keep up the great work!
It was a great day at Westwood Plateau as golfers tried their luck at the Neutron sponsored hole in 1. Everyone enjoyed an assortment of foods including Seven Seas Fishery world famous smoked salmon candy which was a hit! Thanks to all who came out to support the tournament. It was a blast and we look forward to doing it again next summer.
Big shout out to our staff, vendors and friends for making our annual BBQ a great success. A big thanks to Rachael and Kassandra for putting this event together. Thanks to Martin, Jesse and Rick who manned the grill and served up great food all afternoon. The kids enjoyed face painting, the pool and bouncy castle. And a big thanks to our vendors who provided great door prizes. It’s safe to say everyone had a fantastic time. We look forward to seeing everyone next year.
Neutron joined other community leaders and organizations for the 1st United Church’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament for the Homeless at UBC on May 29th. The event raised $75,000.00 to maintain their programs on the downtown east side. 1st United is Vancouver’s oldest church and provider for homeless people on the downtown east side. We would also like to give a big welcome to Minister Jim Hatherly who has taken over from Bob Burrows who served for over 5 decades – Jim, you have our support! Also a big shout out to Michael Lansky and his team at Terra Breads for being the key sponsor of this event.
Rick Gibbs, Neutron and Michael Lansky, Terra Breads
Over the last several decades, the introduction of automated production lines and robotics has become commonplace in most food processing and manufacturing facilities. From basic conveying systems, to complex robotic cells, the ability to produce goods at high speed and accuracy have allowed North American companies to compete in a world of global trade.
Rick Gibbs, President of Neutron Factory Works, believes that automation allows companies to grow through increased production and consistent quality while improving the health and safety of the workers. Neutron specializes in the installation and maintenance of equipment in manufacturing, processing and warehousing facilities. The implementation of robotics has decreased worker exposure to hazardous environments and shielded operations staff against unsafe or repetitive tasks, such as welding and heavy lifting. Automation may initially reduce the number of entry-level, low-skilled jobs, however, over the medium to long-term, automation creates new demand for technically-competent operators, maintenance, inspection, and logistics roles. “Generally, after companies automate, they employ more staff than when they started due to an enhanced competitive position overall” says Gibbs. Nonetheless, a movement to automation alone is not a guarantee of a safer workplace. One of the biggest challenges Rick and his team see for companies importing automated equipment into Canada is related to Safety;
It can be very costly to upgrade equipment to Canadian standards, which are some of the highest in the world. Safety is the centrepiece of these standards. While the low sticker price of imported equipment may seem like an attractive choice, the liability, safety hazards and subsequent costs to bring the equipment up to domestic standards can quickly outweigh any perceived windfall.
– Rick Gibbs, President, Neutron Factory Works
The primary hazard from automated and robotic equipment is motion. Whereas humans can always maintain an awareness of surroundings, robotics simply follow a preprogrammed routine. Without effective safety integration and design, these robotic systems can start and continue to run, creating a dangerous, or even lethal environment to humans. Consequently, the human operator needs to understand how to safely stop and restart machinery, as well as knowing where to stand to avoid injury or exposure. “Including your company’s health and safety representative in the planning stages for new equipment ensures policies reflecting the new process are updated and workers are appropriately trained,” says Rick. “Involving your team in the decisions to introduce robotics and automation is always a good idea.”
Good planning and training will ensure that new production processes will meet the needs of the company, its workers and clients.
For more information please contact the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
Vancouver, BC – Delta based Neutron Factory Works announces the opening of their Vernon BC branch to serve the interior of BC.
Neutron’s Vernon branch will provide the same services their customers in the lower mainland have come to rely on over the last 20 years. “The manufacturing sector in BC has never been as strong as it is today, as a result many manufacturers are opening facilities in the interior where the cost of living is less and there is access to labor. We saw both a need and an opportunity to provide this market with the same level of technical expertise and rapid response that our customers in the lower mainland count on to keep their factories running.” says Neutron President Rick Gibbs.
About Neutron Factory Works Inc.
Neutron was first established in 1986 as a small electrical contractor under the name Neutron Electric. In 1999, Neutron Technologies was formed to provide the manufacturing sector with refrigeration, mechanical, automation, fabrication, electrical, rigging and general contracting services. In 2010, Neutron rebranded itself as Neutron Factory Works Inc to better align their brand with the markets they serve. Today, Neutron employs over 50 staff and keeps 30 trucks on the road 24/7/365 servicing industry in the Greater Vancouver Area and throughout BC.
For more information on Neutron’s new location, please contact Landon Taylor at:
Pink Shirt Day takes place every year across the nation to stand in solidarity against bullying! The campaign was started after two students in Nova Scotia stood up for a fellow class mate who was bullied for wearing pink, and thus Pink Shirt Day began! Bullying is closely associated with playgrounds and high school hallways, but ultimately bullying is not confined to just children and teenagers. The type of work we do here at Neutron requires everyone to work as team and teamwork simply cannot be achieved if we are not collectively working together, respecting each other, and encouraging each other. It is important to us at Neutron that we take a stand and say that “Bullying Stops With Me!”
May 2, 2016
Imagine thousands of pounds of molten metal in the ladle of a broken-down crane.
That’s the kind of problem Warren Geraghty doesn’t need. If a crane or furnace processing molten metal stops working, “we can actually get into real trouble,” says Mr. Geraghty, who is foundry manager at Robar Industries Ltd., a Surrey, B.C., manufacturer of pipe products and castings.
That’s where Neutron Factory Works Inc. comes in. Its staff of roughly 40 includes electricians, millwrights, mechanics, refrigeration technicians, welders and software experts, making the company a one-call problem solver for manufacturers in British Columbia. Among its clients are a steel and rubber fabricator, a pharmaceutical biotech firm and commercial fishing boats.
Robar Industries relies on Neutron to keep its foundry running. An employee of Neutron, which is based in Delta, B.C., spends two days each week at the foundry doing routine work, but Neutron is also on call 24 hours a day for operational emergencies.
While new installations and upgrades are a significant part of Neutron’s business, what is unusual about the company is its focus on keeping production going. Its customers are concentrated in B.C.’s Lower Mainland, and when a client has a problem, Neutron staff can usually be there within an hour, says Rick Gibbs, co-founder and president.
Customers “can lose literally thousands of dollars a minute” when things break down, he says.
Pacific Bolt Manufacturing Ltd. in New Westminster, B.C., first called Neutron several years ago to fix a major equipment breakdown. Neutron had the plant up and running in a couple of hours, says Trevor Borland, owner of Pacific Bolt, but what impressed him more was that the company set out to find the cause so the problem wouldn’t happen again.
Neutron isn’t the cheapest option, Mr. Borland says, but if you spend 20 per cent more and the equipment doesn’t fail again for four years, it’s worth it.
More than half of Neutron’s business is in service, maintenance and emergency response. As they do at Robar, Neutron employees may spend time at a customer site each week to deal with routine issues and maintain equipment. Many factories are too small to hire full-time employees to do that, says Mr. Gibbs.
Neutron’s unusual business model partly reflects the nature of manufacturing in the Vancouver area. It’s very different from Ontario, Mr. Gibbs says – “95 per cent of business here is small business.” It’s not practical for factories with 20 to 200 employees to keep in-house experts.
What Neutron does isn’t always easy. “I’ve often compared it to running through a burning building and someone throws a Rubik’s Cube at you and you’ve got to solve it,” he quips.
Mr. Gibbs got his start as an electrician in Alberta in the mid-1990s. He then moved to Vancouver and started his own business. He began working with two other firms, and they formed a joint venture, Neutron Technologies, in 1999. “We saw an opportunity to do a better job by bringing all these skill sets under one roof rather than subcontracting everything,” says Mr. Gibbs, who became president in 2006. The company was renamed Neutron Factory Works, and today Mr. Gibbs and James Gibson are equal partners.
The company expects revenue of $5-million to $6-million this year.
Neutron encourages employees to learn new skills, and pays for training. “A lot of our electricians can weld,” he says. “A lot of our refrigeration technicians can do electrical work.”
Neutron’s trucks have specially designed shelving that allows them to be stocked with the tools needed to resolve problems.
If Neutron doesn’t have the right person available, Mr. Gibbs says he will call another contractor rather than keep the customer waiting.
Mr. Borland of Pacific Bolt says Neutron sometimes suggests improvements, too. They have helped the manufacturer cut energy use 15 to 20 per cent, Mr. Borland says, and safer, cleaner machinery boosts productivity.
“There’s a lot of good contractors out there that do aspects of what we do,” says Mr. Gibbs, but such a range of in-house expertise is rare.
“We believe our model will benefit the manufacturing sector and communities elsewhere in Canada,” Mr. Gibbs says, but he adds that doing it requires a network of strong personal relationships. “Our vision for expansion would include partnerships with well-trusted local contractors in other areas.”
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