Ontario shop grows
with timely, wise
east of Toronto, the company was
started in 1973 by Paul Nelson in a
classic entrepreneurial fashion. “He
was working for a metal fabrication
company and figured to move
ahead or up, he would have to start
his own business,” says Jeff Nelson,
Paul’s son and now president of the
company. “He learned all he could.
And as the story goes, he was the
general manager and was promised
ownership and equity. This never
came to fruition and he said ‘enough
is enough. I can’t do this. I’m going
to go start on my own.’ He cobbled
together enough funds to open up a
small metal fabricationg shop and
got credit from a few suppliers.
We still deal with some of those
suppliers to this day.”
In 1988, Paul Nelson purchased
land in Pickering and built the
current 9,290 sq m (100,000 sq ft)
“Down the road, we own an
additional facility which is about
40,000 sq ft and that’s geared toward
sales and distribution of one of our
subsidiary companies called Acudor
Products Ltd.,” says Nelson.
For many years, Nelson Industrial
Inc. was a job shop like so many
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Jeff Nelson beside the newly purchased amada lCG3015 aJ fiber laser cutter with the
automatic feeder in the background.
As the economy goes through its ebbs
and flows, smart companies need to
keep an eye on their financial well-being–investing in their business when
the time is ripe and playing it close to
the chest at other times.
Nelson Industrial Inc. is such a
company. Last year, with business
picking up, the company invested
in Amada fabricating equipment,
including a press brake with automatic
tool changing capability, a fiber laser
cutting cell with an automated load/
unload material handling system, and a
EMK turret punch press.
Jeff Nelson, president of the
company, says it was a significant
investment and the choice of
supplier was an easy one to make.
“For many years, we were Amada
users of turrets, shears, and brakes.
Amada makes a quality machine
and that hasn’t changed over the
years. We were quite impressed with
the sales support, the attention we
received and the company is pretty
competitive. We looked at a number
of manufacturers,” but ultimately
decided on the Amada equipment.
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