Manufacturing is alive and well and thriving on Mid-Vancouver Island.
VMAC (Nanaimo, British Columbia) won the Manufactured Products Category at the 2017 BC Export Awards. The prestigious BC Export Awards are presented annually by the Business in Vancouver Media Group, with support from the Government of British Columbia, and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. The Manufactured Products Category recognizes companies that have built innovative systems or value-added components, machinery, or equipment for industrial and commercial use.
“The VMAC team is very honoured to win this award, which recognizes our organization for manufacturing high-quality products on Vancouver Island, which are exported around the world,” said Tod Gilbert, executive vice president, VMAC. “VMAC is just one example of the opportunity that exists for British Columbia manufacturing, and we are proud to represent this important business sector.”
Criteria for the Manufactured Products Category include growth in value of export sales, an ability to overcome challenges in entering new international markets, and a demonstrated use of innovative strategies to promote brand awareness in export markets. VMAC’s international sales now make up 65 percent of its business and the company’s reputation for quality and performance has captured the attention of global customers who require compact and powerful mobile air compressor solutions.
“VMAC’s focus on our people, culture, community and continuous improvement has helped us reinvest in VMAC to ensure sustainable growth,” said Gilbert. “Improving the quality of life for each coworker and their families, and contributing to the local economy has been part of VMAC’s driving purpose for the past 30 years, and will continue to be as the company grows and thrives in Nanaimo, British Columbia.”