Dura21 – Client Testimonials

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 Krucker Manufacturing,  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.

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