Category Archives: Company Updates

Happy Halloween!

TCA’s Pumpkin Carving Contest

Employees and their family members were asked to break out their pumpkin carving kits and put their creative minds to work for our Pumpkin Carving Contest!  We had 4 different age categories with a winner in each. Check out some of the tremendous work our participants did!

We can’t forget TCA’s costumed mascots!

Representing TCA’s most cherished Events – BBQs and Donut Days

TCA Celebrates 25 Years!

It all starting from humble beginnings: a borrowed laptop, borrowed printer and modest line of credit.  Two young men, only a few years out of school, dared quit their jobs to design and build TCA’s first machine. Money and time were lacking, but confidence, creativity, and tenacity were not! Now, 25 years later, confidence is based on experience. Creativity and tenacity continue with every employee and project. The result? We regularly ‘wow’ our customers with exceptional machines. 

Today we celebrate the customers and employees who have given us 25 years. 

Here’s to 25+ more!

To read more about the founding of TCA, check out our 20th anniversary blog blog.tcatech.com/2016/05/

Go-Kart Racing at TCA

Every employee at TCA takes pride in the work we do and the quality of equipment we made. While TCA’s employees are one big happy family, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some friendly competition.

Check out some pictures from this year’s go-kart race held at Hamilton Indoor Indy.

Check out our go-kart tournaments from previous years!

The Next Generation of Automation Experts

TCA is delighted to host student’s for “Take Our Kids to Work Day”

Since we opened our doors in 1996, TCA’s been committed to championing young talent and training the next generation of automation experts. With a critical shortage of skilled labour across the manufacturing industry, we believe educating our youths to the possibility of this career path is vital to sustain our local thriving automation industry.

Every year across Canada, students in Grade 9 are urged to spend the day in the workplace of a parent, relative, friend, or volunteer host. Through exposure to the workplace, student’s are prompted to focus on early career planning and given insights to make informed decisions about their future goals.

TCA’s safety culture means that our student’s were required to undergo Health & Safety coaching about safety in the workplace, and given instruction on how to safety interact with large and sophisticated automation equipment.

We had a great day with our group of kids, and left them with some knowledge of how Canada’s manufacturing industry works, along with a souvenir for their hard work on the job.

The BBQ Life at TCA

Those close to TCA team members or their families are very familiar with the food obsession fondly cultivated throughout the company. This may be the only company in existence where new employee’s are required to read the Donut Handbook before reading the Employee Handbook. Each year a calendar of events is created by the TCA Social Committee. This is when the planning for team events is done, and employee’s can vote on the employee-engagement events that are planned.

Beginning in May, the last Thursday of every month is BBQ day. Lovingly cooked by team members, a full spread BBQ is prepared for lunch every month until the end of September. We say a final farewell to BBQ season mid-October during the annual Oktoberfest BBQ and patiently wait for the next BBQ season to begin.

Each season the team looks for new ways to make BBQ days special. This years improvement? Games!

Kudos to the Social Committee for giving a fun and healthy break for the team working so hard designing and building exceptional equipment.

Happy Retirement Wendy!

Our steadfast and diligent administrator is finally off the clock. This month we are saying good-bye to an instrumental member of TCA’s staff; someone who played a crucial roll in our company’s history. Wendy started with TCA almost 16 years ago. When she joined us, we were experiencing rapid corporate growth – and all of the growing pains that come with it. Many of our internal processes weren’t designed for scale and she happily jumped into the chaos. Wendy helped develop and streamline our internal structure with a laser focus on our customers’ needs.

Though Wendy’s work over the past 16 years has been exemplary, her strength of character remains her legacy. One of TCA’s most talked about corporate value is integrity. Our President Dave Nelson, refers to integrity as making the right decision, even when it is hard to make. Wendy’s character is integrity personified. She could always be counted on to do the right thing, regardless of the extra work, complication, or friction it may cause. With an attention to detail that is almost super human, Wendy easily navigated and organized complicated corporate contracts, maintaining customer records and ensuring a level of accuracy that could always be counted on. While her work skills are undisputed, Wendy was also a genuine, kind, and trustworthy friend to many. She was momma-bear to our sales team, working diligently to simply make their lives easier.

When such a tenured and respected member of the team retires, it is always bittersweet. Everyone here will greatly miss her, but she leaves a legacy behind she can be proud of.

Enjoy your travel and your gardens Wendy-loo!

Introducing our new Director of Operations: Chris Draper

We are very pleased to announce our newly minted Director of Operations and Project Management: Chris Draper.

Chris joined our organization back in October 2017, responsible for bringing a formalized Project Management structure to TCA. His understanding of our customers needs has allowed us to remain nimble with our innovating designs, while adapting to changing needs within the industry.  His background within machining and design gives him a unique ability to make creative choices in order to meet our customer’s needs.

In his new role, Chris will be responsible for maintaining the exceptional quality of machines that customers have grown accustomed to from TCA. He will ensure that customers timelines and standards are met while making sure that the floor remains a fun and exciting place to work.

We’re excited to have Chris in our Leadership team, and look forward to his success.

 

TCA’s 2018 Christmas Luncheon

Every year TCA begins the holiday season by celebrating and giving thanks to the people who work so hard for our customers. This year, we gathered to eat and have some fun at the Aberfoyle Mill.

We began our luncheon with some fun raffle prizes, a game of Truths and a Lie, and Kahoot. We were also able to include some of the TCA family who were out at customer sites, via Skype.

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To get into the spirit, we held a photo contest where departments competed in creating an original Christmas Photo. Second place, a prize of team coffee and donuts, went to the Controls Department.

With our first place – grand prize, an all expense paid Pizza Party, going to the Machine Shop.

We finished our lunch off with a White Elephant Gift Exchange, where our VP of Finance was thwarted from owning a drone, for the second year.

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While TCA loves to give back to our employees, those workers also love to giving back to the community.  This year, we chose The Salvation Army Toy Drive. Everyone is pleased to be able make children’s Christmas morning a little more special.

Merry Christmas from TCA Technologies!