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History of Fairbarn's Machine Shop

Fairbarn's Machine Shop Ltd. operated out of a historic elevator building on Vickers Street and Forest for 20 years. The business was acquired by its present owners, incorporated and moved to the 1094 Russell Street location; a larger and less confined space in 1996.

Additional machining capacity, including a lathe capable of handling 27 foot by 30 inch diameter paper machine rolls was installed. Another lathe with a 72 inch swing was also added.

Material handling hoists were added at key locations, and a bridge crane with 10 ton capacity was installed along with imporved transport access to the workshop making the new location well suited for handling larger projects in a safe and efficient manner.

In 2001, the metal fabrication shop received Canadian Welding Bureau certification, and additional fabricating machinery was installed. A computer aided plate cutting machine was installed in 2003 further improving Fairbarn's metal fabrication shop capabilities.

Quality of Service Goals

Fairbarn's management and employees are dedicated to providing top quality products and services. It's this attention to quality and service that has encouraged our Customers to designate Fairbarn's as a preferred supplier of machining and fabrication services in Northwestern Ontario.

We do this by:

  • Creating a working environment that will attract and retain the best mechanical trades persons and technicians. Some of our journeymen have been with Fairbarn's for quite a number of years.
  • Developing work methods that provide our Customers with the best value at a fair price
  • Doing the job right the first time, eliminating re-work, while enhancing our reliability in the eyes of the customer.
  • Focusing on long term customer relationships, striving at all times to have our work meet and exceed our Customers' expectations.
  • Concentrating on continuous cost improvement, by developing better work methods and employee skills, using modern, well maintained machinery.
  • Providing timely, reliable service for shutdowns or other emergencies, but staying within our realistic capability and capacity.
  • and by ensuring a reasonable return to Fairbarn's stakeholders, so that these goals are sustainable.

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