After multiple attempts to recruit experienced local tradespeople, this family-owned welding shop opted to look abroad. Since hiring senior welders from Mexico, Carriere Industrial Supply has grown exponentially, broken into new markets and developed even better products.
#ImmigrationMatters in Sudbury, Ontario - Meeting mining industry demands through immigration
Meeting mining industry demands through immigration
August 30, 2022
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Transcript: “Immigration Matters in Sudbury, Ontario”
Video length: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
Inspiring string music plays throughout.
An aerial view of the Carriere building.
Text displays: “Immigration Matters For Canadian Companies, Carriere Industrial Supply, Sudbury, Ontario”
A framed photo shows the Carriere building. Another photo shows the team, with the text, “45 years, Our people are our strength”.
Mickey: Carriere was founded in 1964 by Armand Carriere, and has been a family-owned business since then.
Mickey walks into the welding shop.
Text displays: “Mickey Obradovich, General Manager at Carriere Industrial Supply”
Mickey: At Carriere, we design and build mining equipment for a variety of mining customers—trucks that weigh upwards of 400 tons. We manufacture these specifically for hard rock mining.
A design for truck parts is shown on a computer.
Carriere employees weld on large wheel loader buckets.
The final product is shown on the field. A yellow truck is being filled with rocks.
Mickey: Many people don't know this, but Sudbury is the mining capital of the world, and being in Sudbury allowed us to do that type of work.
An aerial view of the Big Nickel, with the city of Sudbury in the background.
An aerial view of a mine.
An aerial view of the Carriere warehouse.
Mickey: Carriere has grown exponentially over the years, but we found that we were lacking in tradespeople, and that growth was going to plateau unless we found tradespeople to meet the needs of our products.
A welder wearing a protective mask and helmet welds a piece of equipment, sending sparks and smokes into the air.
Photo of the Carriere team from 2014.
The welder removes her mask.
Mickey: Some of the campaigns that we developed involved tradeshows, job fairs, multiple types of advertising campaigns. We found them not to be successful, so we decided to look abroad for employees.
A Carriere engineer takes a large piece of paper from the printer. He points to a diagram of a truck design.
A wide view of the welding shop shows multiple employees welding and transporting equipment in side loaders.
Two employees help manoeuvre a piece of equipment out of the warehouse.
Irvin draws a line with a marker on a piece of equipment.
Text displays: “Irvin Salas, Welder at Carriere Industrial Supply”
Irvin: I started to work as a welder in Mexico around 10 years ago. When I came here, it was very nice to have people interested in your knowledge or the experience that you can have. I really like to be the one who can teach someone else, to make his job easier.
Irvin and another employee talk. Irvin puts on a protective mask and gets his equipment ready.
Irvin shows the other employee welding techniques.
Irvin: My family is very excited because they have never seen the snow before. I come from a big city in Mexico. Here, the quiet lifestyle is something that I fell in love with. It's very nice.
Irvin and his family put on winter jackets before stepping outside.
Irvin and his wife walk in the park, as their 2 daughters run to play at the playground. One of his daughters goes down the slide and laughs.
Irvin: When people like me decide to move to another country, it's because we have a lot of people behind us. In this case, my family. I'm doing this just for them.
Irvin and his family walk toward a flock of ducks. His daughter smiles as she feeds the ducks.
The scene fades to black.
Dale inspects the quality of the welded equipment as he walks through the warehouse. He touches one to feel the finished surface.
Dale waves at some employees as he walks by them.
Text displays: “Dale Alexander, Controller at Carriere Industrial Supply”
Dale: The impacts were just about immediate, that we found with the new workers that we've hired from overseas. They bring a new level of enthusiasm. They're interested in participating. They're energetic, they're ambitious and they bring a real good work ethic to the place.
Two warehouse employees who work alongside each other share a laugh.
In the cafeteria, Irvin is eating lunch and talking to a colleague. Dale is also sitting at the table, and he shares a smile with the 2 employees.
Dale: We've augmented our staff and we've been able to develop new markets and develop even better products.
Series of images of welders at the shop.
Photograph of Mickey standing next to newly finished giant wheel loader buckets.
Dale: The most rewarding part of this whole process is seeing the newcomers and their families in Sudbury, and seeing that they have a future that they can build for themselves here and they become part of the family.
Series of images of employees talking and laughing together.
Irvin’s wife hugs her 2 daughters.
An aerial view of a residential neighborhood in Sudbury.
An aerial view of the Bridge of Nations in Sudbury. The flags of different countries are displayed on the bridge.
In a team photo, the Carriere team smile as they pose inside a giant wheel loader bucket.
The scene fades to black.
Text displays: “Canada attracts global talent for businesses”
The text fades away.
Text displays: “Learn more at Canada.ca/hire-immigrants; Canada.ca/immigration-matters”
The text fades away.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada corporate signature is shown followed by the Canada wordmark.
Immigration profile: Sudbury, Ontario
- Immigrants in Sudbury represent about 6% of the population.
- Many employers are having trouble finding Canadian-born workers to fill jobs. More than 6 in 10 immigrants are selected to participate in the Express Entry program for their positive impact on our economy.
- Just over half (51%) of immigrants who came to Sudbury between 1980 and 2016 were economic immigrants, while more than a third (37%) were sponsored by family and 12% were refugees.
Did you know?
- Following the Second World War, many families immigrated to Sudbury to work in the copper and nickel mines.
- The metal ore mining sector is the top driver of the economy, with 5,400 direct employees. As a share of the labour market, there are almost 25 times as many people working in this sector in the Greater Sudbury compared to the rest of Canada.
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