Way to go Norpro! Expansion and ambition pays off for local business

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A health and safety representative from Norpro Company at the Gitchi Animki Hydroelectric, a joint venture between Pic Mobert First Nation and Regional Power Inc., in 2015.

Norpro expansion helping to keep North America safe, sound and alive

In business, success often comes from being ambitious, thinking big and always looking for growth opportunities. Brad Gregorini, owner of Norpro Company, is a prime example. He purchased the firm nearly five years ago. At that time, it employed a dozen or so people and was primarily involved with providing security at local events.

From Day 1, Brad set his sights on expansion. “Since I was a kid, I always wanted to get involved in law enforcement, but when I got older, I realized I was more suited to run my own business,” he said. “Buying Norpro Company allowed me to combine the two. It’s been a great journey of progress so far.”

In 2015, a major opportunity presented itself. Developers of the Gitchi Animki Hydroelectric Project in White River required assistance in delivering health, safety and security on the site. Norpro Company bid on the job and, given the firm’s expertise, was awarded the contract. It was a complete success. In fact, with more than 1.2 million working hours required to construct the dam, there was no lost time due to injury.

This achievement led to massive growth for Norpro Company. Today, the firm has more than 100 workers and operates an entire health and safety division. “Unless you’re ambitious, there’s no reward,” said Brad. “I am very fortunate to be surrounded with the right people, and having such a great team has allowed the company to expand into new areas.”

Norpro’s newest department is run by industry veteran Matt Casola. Under its health and safety division, the company visits clients and provides recommendations, delivers on‐site training in hundreds of areas, and offers consulting to help customers set up policies. “We provide a full gamut of services to ensure our clients are fully compliant with health and safety regulations,” said Matt. “Our team offers a continuum of services, and they can all be accessed with a single phone call through our on‐demand service philosophy.”

Norpro Company also operates a security and investigations division, which includes alarm and patrol, loss prevention, cash and asset transportation, and even a K‐9 unit. Coupled with the health and safety branch, it provides a one‐stop shop to keep job sites and workers safe, secure and alive.

The company currently operates on various mining and other industrial sites across Ontario and Michigan.

The business is eying further expansion in the United States. Last year, representatives from Norpro Company and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation attended the 2016 Prospectors &
Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) International Convention. While there, the local business made contact and inked deals with a number of North American mines.

This past October, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation represented Norpro Company on a mining sector trade mission in northern Nevada. As a result of this initiative, the firm made more contacts and more deals in the U.S.

“The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation opened up doors for us,” said Brad. “Their team helped facilitate meetings and make introductions to some key industry contacts. In just a few days, they made connections for us that would have taken us months or years to make. Their help is very much appreciated.”

Supporting local companies in their expansion and startup is a core function of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. The organization delivers a number of programs and services designed
to assist businesses and entrepreneurs, which ultimately creates and retains jobs in the community.

“Working with the staff at Norpro Company has been a great experience,” said John Febbraro, Manager of Industrial & Business Development for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. “We helped open some doors for them, but their team worked extremely hard to walk through the doors and capitalize on the opportunities. Norpro is a very ambitious company, and it’s great to see them succeed.”

While succeeding and growing, Norpro Company is also giving back to the community. The business sponsors a number of youth sports teams and charity events. As well, Brad is engaged in a number of
volunteer roles with various local organizations, including vice‐president of Algoma Family Services Foundation and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Meanwhile, for future growth plans, Norpro Company is looking to delve deeper into the technology sector.

The business anticipates making some major announcements on this front in the near future.

To learn more about Norpro Company, visit www.norpro.ca

 

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