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On Tuesday, October 20th 2015,  join CME and The Alliance for Manufacturing in BC as they tour some of the exciting manufacturing facilities in Richmond. If you are a job seeker or interested in learning more about our industry, hop on the Manufacturing Month tour bus and join your local politicians and media to tour to explore diverse and innovative manufacturing plants in your community.

Manufacturing is an exciting and diverse sector, with high demand for skilled labour in areas such as engineering, design, machining, and composites. From packaging solutions, to food processing, to sheet metal and manufacturing, this tour is a dynamic exploration of four world-renowned companies located in our own backyard.  Start your pathway to a high-wage career!

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The companies listed below have opened their doors for visitors to tour their facilities and learn about modern manufacturing:


Layfield Flexible Packaging:  Layfield Flexible Packaging seeks to deliver the ultimate packaging solution for our customer’s application through strict quality-controlled core activities including; prepress and graphics, film manufacturing, printing, lamination, converting films into bags, and supplying filling and packaging equipment. With over 35 years of experience manufacturing high quality polymer products, we are confident that we can exceed your expectations. As a customer you have access to value-added services such as packaging consultation, film structure development, inventory and supply chain management, expedited shipping, warehouse stocking programs and more.


Ideon Packaging: Ideon’s growth over the past 10 years has been rapid.  From its humble beginnings on Annacis Island to a custom facility in Richmond, Ideon has grown to 85,000 sq. ft. spanning over 2 buildings.  And with our latest addition of a 3 colour rotary die cutter, Ideon’s advancement continues. All of Ideon’s amazing machinery is really nothing without Ideon’s most important asset: its People.  Ideon was founded on an open culture where people are allowed to make decisions in an effort to always WOW the customer.  Our growth hasn’t changed our values; we understand that all team members add value and are the core to our success.


Kwantlen Polytechnic UniversityEstablished by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen, has four campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. Kwantlen offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in more than 200 programs. KPU Tech in partnership with the Alliance of Manufacturers and Exporters Canada (CME) offers hands on-learning activities, degree programs and other applied credentials to successfully meet the evolving needs of regional and global employment markets. Kwantlen students have a unique opportunity to bridge certificate and diploma credentials into bachelor’s degrees, creating the option of academic and professional enhancement of applied and technical programs.


Hansen Industries: Since 1975, Hansen Industries has earned a reputation for quality work in both precision sheet metal and machining. We were one of the first job shops in BC to adopt ISO 9001 quality standards and we are one of the most horizontally integrated metal shops in British Columbia. Typically we will handle all the fabricating, machining, finishing, plating, painting, silk screening, assembly and quality control for our customers resulting in quicker delivery and lower costs. Engineering of custom work is done on CAD/CAM for accuracy and efficiency.


GEA Group: They are one of the largest suppliers for the food processing industry and a wide range of other process industries. As an international technology group, the Company focuses on process technology and components for sophisticated production processes. In 2014, GEA generated consolidated revenues in excess of approximately EUR 4.5 billion, more than 70 percent of which came from the food sector, which is a long-term growth industry.

Space is limited! Lunch & Learn tour provided! Register now to reserve your seat! 


  • Videos & Photography is prohibited
  • Closed-toed shoes & long pants must be worn at all times.

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