True North Printed Plastics has started production at its new facility in Bracebridge, Ontario.
The maker of user-interface products like membrane switches attached to electronic devices and appliances moved there from Mississauga, Ontario, and held an open house in October.
Sales manager Dave Bezodis said the company wanted a purpose-built facility with a more controlled environment than the one in its former, rented building. Absence of dust, controlled humidity and other environmental features mean higher print quality, he explained in a telephone interview. As well, the new building represents equity and is in a region with abundant skilled labor. He did not disclose the cost of the 12,500-square-foot plant.
In addition to membrane switches, True North makes graphic overlays, electroluminescent lamps and labeling. It specializes in two-sided membrane switches.
The new operation includes optically guided laser cutting, for precision and accuracy, and a clean room. The firm expects to generate 35 new jobs in the area as the business expands.
The 26-year-old firm makes keypads for more than 500 electronic devices and counts among its customers Blackberry, Boeing, Tyco and Honeywell. It exports globally.
True North buys PET and polycarbonate films to convert to an array of items.
The privately held firm does not disclose sales. It received assistance from Business Development Bank of Canada.
The company president and part owner is Rick Struthers. His family has owned property in the Bracebridge area for about a century.