Dura21 helps businesses with three things: Reducing cost, increasing revenues and providing an environmental advantage. They do this through their Duragenic process - a patented approach that uses root cause failure analysis and cryogenic technology to increase the durability and safety of metal parts. Dura 21 also uses ceramics and welded overlays to extend the service cycle and protect metal machine parts.
Dura21 currently serves the mining, milling, smelting and refining industries in the Sudbury, Timmins and Kirkland Lake areas. They help companies realize higher productivity and lower part costs by extending the service life of machine parts and perishable tools by as much as 15 times.
When Dura21 began in January 2011, they had one employee and no sales. Within 18 months, the company grew to five employees with significant monthly sales and a strong market outlook. As the company continues to grow, they will increase their clientele and apply their patented processes in other industries around the world.
In 2012, Dura21 formed a partnership with another NORCAT resident who builds machine parts used in their cryogenic process. Dave Dillon, owner of Dura 21, stated that “the relationship occurred as a result of both companies occupying adjacent space in the NORCAT Centre. The culture of knowledge sharing and collaboration that resonates in this facility is the single reason that we were able to form this meaningful partnership.” Dave also says that his toughest challenge as an entrepreneur has been “trying to change the way things have been done in the mining industry over the last 30 years in the Sudbury Basin.”
At NORCAT, we encourage and provide an environment where networking can easily occur between our residents and clients. When a partnership comes together and the new entity works to address a big market opportunity, we know we are accomplishing our goal of providing the right programs, services, and space to drive sustainable job and wealth creation for our country.
MyCommittee is an easy-to-use, online web application that allows users to skillfully manage boards, committees, and other groups that meet regularly. MyCommittee is dedicated to improving committee work for businesses, non-profit agencies and community groups through the use of “best practice” guidelines and tools. It is also one of the first web applications to utilize cloud technology, which enables clients to centralize their information and access it from any location.
MyCommittee creates a user-friendly way for members to create agendas and minutes, follow-up on assigned tasks, collaborate through forum-like discussions or threaded messages, and manage and share documents. The application also offers a range of productivity tools that allow users to create polls for member feedback, create and export lists of resolutions in several formats, view meeting statistics, and access MyCommittee on iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry devices.
NORCAT has been fortunate to work with such a talented client as Jeff Sutton of MyCommittee. Jeff says, “the difference between NORCAT and the other development organizations I have interacted with is that NORCAT was intent on finding a way to assist as opposed to simply following the process. Always available, NORCAT listened, questioned, and suggested possibilities.” MyCommittee houses their servers at NORCAT, which ensures that all client information is in a secure centralized location and accessible 24/7. Since working with NORCAT, MyCommittee has acquired 17,000 clients.
Jeff is an insightful and innovative entrepreneur and we look forward to seeing what he comes up with next!