400 new jobs expected in Active Industrial Solutions acquisition

Two manufacturing supply companies in Tecumseh, Ont. are joining together. Active Industrial Solutions has added the advanced manufacturing firm Radix.
Active Industrial Services acquired Radix, the company announced Tuesday. AIS produces process gauges. (Provided/AIS/activeindustrialsolutions.com)

An estimated 400 new jobs are expected to come from the merger of two manufacturing supply companies in Tecumseh, Ont.

Active Industrial Solutions acquired advanced manufacturing firm Radix and, over the next four years, the owners have plans to double the number of workers currently working at both plants.

"Between the two companies, we have very ambitious growth goals," said Shelley Fellows, a Radix vice-president.

Radix had been producing advanced manufacturing technology for companies including Ford Motor Co. and Toyota. Radix has 65 employees and Active has 325.

Improved quality

The acquisition will help the companies make sure there is higher quality control of products, Active president Chuck Curtiss said.

"The addition of Radix to our portfolio allows us to address current industry needs and have a vision for what will be essential to excel in tomorrow's global manufacturing market," Curtiss said in a news release.

The joint venture means the company can create more products that will tap into the skill in Windsor and Essex County, according to Fellows.

"The AIS-Radix acquisition is the perfect example of technology and manufacturing coming together to present the innovation and advancement that the world has come to expect from our region," she said. "This is a relationship that just works."

Company officials say there will be a job fair next month.