Apprenticeship Award Presented To Armo Tool

Armo-Tool Limited of London, Ontario recently won recognition for its commitment to apprentice education.

London, ON 

November 2006:
Building on a successful history of encouraging skills development through mentoring young, enthusiastic tool & die makers, machinists and millwrights, Armo-Tool Limited of London, Ontario recently won recognition for its commitment to apprentice education.

At the Annual Apprenticeship Employer Recognition Award celebration and dinner at Fanshawe College, senior managers of Armo-Tool were presented with the Employer Recognition Award for Demonstrating Commitment to Apprenticeship Training by the Apprenticeship Network, acknowledging the company's continuous development of many talented students over several years. This recognition was further supported by the fact that Armo-Tool, established in 1969, has supported the vital process of hands-on training experience for many years.

The company has indeed set a success standard for others to follow, as evidenced by the fact that 59 apprentices have trained and graduated at Armo-Tool's precision tooling facility on Longwoods Road, just west of the city. Equally important, 40 of those same graduates remain as skilled and valued employees of the company today. That’s a value statement worth recognition and the judges certainly agreed at the evening event hosted by the Apprenticeship Network at 'Saffron' - Fanshawe's on-campus restaurant.

George Whitney, President and co-founder of Armo-Tool, and Ben Whitney, General Manager along with Ross Whitney, Founder, accepted the Apprenticeship Employer Recognition Award on behalf of the company's 110 employees. According to George Whitney, 'Our company has built an industry-wide reputation for providing customers with great ideas as well as excellent quality, and it all starts with having tradespeople equipped with the right training and hands-on experience to apply their skills creatively. We depend on our people to help us create the opportunities that have made this company the diverse, progressive enterprise that it is.'

The award was presented by Deb Mountenay, the Executive Director of the Elgin-Middlesex-Oxford Local Training Board, joined by Khalil Ramal, MPP London-Fanshawe. The next step for Armo-Tool is participation in the Provincial Apprenticeship Awards event to take place in Toronto in May of 2007.

Armo-Tool has 37 years' experience in providing advanced design and implementation services for custom precision tooling to automotive and manufacturing industries throughout North America and internationally. As Ben Whitney proudly said, 'Good customer relationships and good employee relationships both take time to develop. We're very thankful to all of those who have been with Armo-Tool since the beginning. Looking back on the success we have had with Ontario's apprenticeship program, it will continue to be a keystone in our plans to build for the future.'

For more information about Armo Tool, contact:
Ben Whitney - General Manager
Tel: 519-652-3700, Email: bwhitney@armotool.com