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AMF Canada
www.amfbakery.com / HQ:Richmond, Va. / Employees: 170 / Specialty: Automated industrial bakery equipment / Bobby Martin, executive product manager: "Our goal is to create timely solutions."

International

Close Collaboration

amf canada works closely with its teammates and suppliers
to meet its customers' needs. by bianca herron

amf canada prides itself on being
a global leader in manufacturing
high-speed, automated bakery
equipment, like the vesta tray oven.

Working
Together
AMF Canada was created in 1945 as a general
machine shop. Beginning
in the 1960s, it refurbished bakery
equipment up until the mid-1980s
when the company started creating
its own equipment, starting by developing its dough mixers.
Today, AMF Canada prides itself
on being a global leader in manufacturing high-speed, automated bakery
equipment for industrial bakeries that
mainly produce bread and buns. This
includes equipment for dough mixing,
dividing, make-up, proofing, baking,
cooling, packaging, basket/case loading and product distribution.
AMF has developed a global presence with offices and manufacturing
facilities in the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. AMF
Canada is a manufacturing branch
of AMF Bakery Systems, which is
headquartered in Richmond, Va., and
owned by Markel Food Group.
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AMF prides itself
on offering the best
equipment to add value to
its customers' production lines at
optimal costs. This year, the Canada-based company will celebrate its
73-year anniversary. Executive Product Manager Bobby Martin attributes
the company's success to its people.
"For generations, the people have
been an asset to this company," Martin says. "They have been and they
always will be the greatest resources because everything that we do is
engineered, managed, welded, machined, assembled and serviced by
our people. It's all about us, which is
why we have a very great culture of
taking care of our people. That is also
why our employees remain with us
for a long time. We even have people
retiring after being with us for up to
50 years.
"We have a good balance of experienced and new talents, and make
sure they can spend time together,"
he continues. "We want them to exchange information and engage with

each other sharing precious specialized knowledge. The energy of the
new talent and the focus of the experienced talent create a momentum for
what we do."
Its suppliers have also played a
critical role in its success. AMF buys
high-quality parts from its vendors
and works closely with them to gauge
new technologies. "We're always trying to find the best value for each dollar that we spend," Martin explains,
noting that every dollar that AMF
spends is done so through the expertise of its suppliers.
Just as with its teammates, AMF has
longstanding supplier relationships,
as well. "We have premium suppliers
and are very happy with them," he
says. "We recently celebrated 35 years
of collaboration with Intralox, and
have a very strong relationship with
them as our conveyor belt solution
supplier. Without the quality of the
Intralox components we couldn't offer as many solutions as we do in our
conveying systems."
In addition, SEW Eurodrive and
Weg are longtime suppliers that AMF
has worked with for decades. "We
pride ourselves on our long-stand-


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