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GN CORPS. INC.

FALL 2015

the price of oil is currently," President John Plesa reports.
He expects increased automation to
give him the upper hand in the market. "What we're doing here is we're
embarking on an automation platform
which is going to introduce a lot of
automated work cells in this organization," Plesa promises. "By the end
of this calendar year, about 25 percent
of our production will be coming from
fully automated systems. Our goal in
the next 12 months or toward the end
of 2016 is to be the most automated
manufacturer in the world in the energy sector."
To reach this bold goal, Plesa is
planning to expand his 115,000 square
feet of manufacturing space in Airdrie, Alberta, by 50 percent. "We also
might be looking at a facility somewhere in the neighborhood of 50,000

to 75,000 square feet in addition to
what we already have on these premises," he predicts. "That probably will

"It's the right mix
of personnel inside
the plant and a very
strong supplier base.
We've got some very
good suppliers who
are well-positioned
and well-poised to
assist us. They are a
big part of our team."
happen somewhere either next year or
2017. One or both of those scenarios
will unfold."
If a second plant is established, it
most probably would be located in

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Texas, where Plesa estimates approximately 70 percent of GN's business is
located. "We do a lot in that part of the
United States," Plesa says. "Alberta is
10 percent of our total business. The
rest is outside of North America - 20
percent is international."
GN's competitive advantages are in
several areas. "It's going to be price,
quality and delivery," he says. "We even
are a form of market intelligence with
our major clients."

MANUFACTURING PROCESSES
GN Corps. handles a great variety of
manufacturing processes in-house.
"In terms of our manufacturing, it's
100 percent," Plesa maintains. "We do
all our own manufacturing - we don't
subcontract anything." Those processes
include machining on approximately 65
CNC machines, welding, heat-treating,

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