A leading manufacturer of breaker attachments and systems for the construction and mining industries has been recognized by the provincial government in Ontario, Canada, because of its commitment to apprenticeship training.
Breaker Technology Ltd. (BTI), an Astec company located in the small, rural town of Thornbury, was presented with the 2008 Minister's Apprenticeship Employer Recognition Award in a May 27 ceremony in Toronto. Each year, the Ontario government honors four employers, as selected by a provincial selection committee from a pool of 16 regional finalists.
Today, 20 of BTI's 75 shop employees either completed their training with the company or are current apprentices. Some former apprentices have been with the company for more than 25 years.
Formerly known as Teledyne Specialty Equipment CM Products, the 50-year-old company pays apprentices during their in-school training and covers their books and tuition. BTI gives apprentices regular raises as their training progresses and annually presents cash awards to the top two graduating apprentices at Georgian College.
Among the companies also nominated for the Ontario government award was mining equipment manufacturer MacLean Engineering of Collingwood, about 10 miles east of BTI.