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Canadian Researchers Discover Genetic Clue to Peanut Allergy

From: Food in Canada

Hamilton, Ont. – Canadian researchers, says the Allergy, Genes and Environment Network (AllerGen), have pinpointed a new gene associated with peanut allergy. In a press release (“New genetic clue to peanut allergy,” on Oct. 10, 2017), AllerGen says the discovery offers “further evidence that genes play a role in the development of food allergies and opening the door to future research, improved diagnostics and new treatment options.”

AllerGen is a national research network funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada through the Network of Centres of Excellence program. In the statement, AllerGen explains that “the gene, called c11orf30/EMSY (EMSY), is already known to play a role in other allergy-related conditions, such as eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis. This study is the first to associate the EMSY locus with food allergy, and these findings suggest that the gene plays an important role in the development of not just food allergy but also general allergic predisposition.”

The AllerGen researchers included Dr. Denise Daley, an associate professor at the University of B.C., Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver; and Dr. Ann Clarke, a professor at the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine in Calgary, and adjunct professor at McGill University in Montreal. In the statement, Daley says that “the discovery of this genetic link gives us a fuller picture of the causes of food allergies and this could eventually help doctors identify children at risk.”

AllerGen says that an allergy to peanuts develops early in life “and is rarely outgrown.” Roughly one per cent of Canadian adults and between two and three per cent of Canadian children are affected. Symptoms can be severe to life-threatening. The co-first authors of the study included Dr. Yuka Asai, an AllerGen investigator and assistant professor at Queen’s University, and AllerGen trainee Dr. Aida Eslami, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of B.C.

In the statement, Eslami says the results of the study “suggest that EMSY could be a useful target for predicting and managing food allergy treatments in the future.”

The Conservative Party of Canada Visits Tri-Mach HQ

@AndrewScheer from the Conservative Party of Canada visited Tri-Mach Group’s headquarters last week to speak out on the behalf of small businesses. The Conservative Party of Canada wants to support and protect small businesses and their growth. Tri-Mach Group is a proud supporter of this message: #savelocalbusiness #smallbusinessweek

Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us at Tri-Mach Group: have a fun, safe and memorable Thanksgiving! Enjoy this time with family & friends, we’ll be back tomorrow!

Join Krystal Darling at George Brown College!

Our Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Krystal Darling, will be a guest panelist for George Brown’s “Future Food, Food Future” conference on Monday November 28. Join us as she discusses managing growth and pushing innovation in the food and beverage industries. Hope to see you there!

In their latest issue of INPACK, Premier Tech Chronos has officially announced their partnership with Tri-Mach Group. Below is a copy of the article.

New Partnership: Tri-Mach Group

Premier Tech Chronos officially announces its new partnership with the Tri-Mach Group, marking a milestone in expanding its food safety expertise. To celebrate the occasion, INPACK presents a portrait of a company that thinks big: the Tri-Mach Group.

Founded in North America 30 years ago, the Tri-Mach Group is a multi-trade, turnkey solutions provider for the food-processing, liquid processing, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and pet food industries. Tri-Mach has maintained its competitiveness over the years by creating personalized sanitary solutions for the challenges facing food industry players. These solutions are adapted to each client’s already existing infrastructure.

In the words of Tri-Mach’s senior management, “Our highly qualified mechanics, manufacturers and engineers are the backbone of the company. Their shared passion and proven talent are unquestionably why our team has grown over the years from three members to more than 90.”

Founded in 1985 by three machinists, Tri-Mach Group Machining & Fabrication Ltd. specialized in the manufacture of equipment for use in the food industry. In 2005, Mike Hahn became the President of Tri-Mach and, under his leadership, the company evolved into the Tri-Mach Group, a complete end-to-end solutions provider with electrical, millwrighting, steel fabrication, machining and design engineering divisions.

The year 2008 marked a significant step for the Group with the introduction of its revolutionary sanitary Ever-Kleen® conveyor system, a product line that provided food processors with the highest level of food safety and sanitary design. Over the years, the food-processing industry revised its standards and began looking for equipment adapted to the new sanitary standards. Suddenly, the Tri-Mach Group found itself in the spotlight.

For the past 30 years, Tri-Mach has continued to evolve while staying solidly rooted in firm values and a strong mission. With its focus on exceeding clients’ expectations, the Tri-Mach Group shares several elements in common with PTC: integrity, motivation, professionalism, positive attitude, commitment and teamwork.

Tim Dolan, Sales Director for Premier Tech Chronos, and Krystal Darling, Vice-President Sales & Marketing at Tri-Mach Group.

Tim Dolan, Sales Director for Premier Tech Chronos, and Krystal Darling, Vice-President Sales & Marketing at Tri-Mach Group.

This complementary vision explains the partnership between PTC and Tri-Mach. As Mike Hahn puts it, “PTC’s outstanding packaging solutions are a natural fit for the custom, high-quality experience we want to provide to all our customers. Their product offerings add another level of customization that we can pass on to clients, which translates to greater customer satisfaction and that, in turn, translates to greater success for both our companies.”

According to Tim Dolan, Sales Director at Premier Tech Chronos and one of the key players responsible for the partnership with the Tri-Mach Group, “PTC and Tri-Mach have formed a unique partnership that complements each other’s offering with robotic packaging solutions for the food industry while satisfying the requirements for sanitary and washdown applications in North America.”

With this new partnership, PTC’s expertise in packaging and end-of-line solutions will help Tri-Mach to provide even more comprehensive custom offerings to their clients as well as to capture new and exciting markets, leading to more sanitary, innovative processing operations across North America and beyond.

For PTC, the sanitary design expertise provided by Tri-Mach is a key element for food industry packaging. This partnership provides an opportunity for both companies to work together to develop more innovative products that are not only easier than ever to clean, but also that keep processors and consumers safe from dangerous foodborne illnesses.

On the occasion of Tri-Mach’s 30th anniversary, we asked Hahn how he sees the future of the company: “Growth, growth, growth! Our satisfied customer list continues to grow, so we’re excited to see an influx of new, talented Tri-Mach teammates in the coming months and years. We look forward to securing more work in the U.S. and continuing to explore more innovative ways of making sanitary, food-safe equipment for all types of processors.”

“We’re looking forward to the next 30 years to see how far we can push the limits of sanitary design and food-safe technology.”
— Krystal Darling


In addition to this exciting feature, you can also find Tri-Mach conveyors in the latest edition of PTC’s brochure. Visit page 4 here to see some of our Ever-Kleen® conveyors featured.


RE: Tri-Mach Group of Companies Acquires Advance Millwrights Inc.

The Tri-Mach Group of Companies is pleased to announce today the acquisition of Advance Millwrights Inc., a company operating out of Elmira, ON, specializing in millwright services and the design, fabrication and installation of bucket elevators, conveyors and bins for the agricultural, food, foundry, oil and gas and commercial industries. They also specialize in the packaging and material handling of agricultural products, fertilizer, aggregate and cement, and food products.

The acquisition provides immediate benefits to the organization by almost doubling our workforce of skilled tradespeople. It will also provide opportunities for streamlining operations through common synergies in order to remain competitive in the marketplace. It will enable our organizations to continue to grow by providing multi-trade and turn-key solutions through world-class design engineering, custom fabrication, millwrighting, automation, systems integration and plant maintenance.

At present, each company will continue to operate under its own name.

We appreciate the continued cooperation from all of our employees and stakeholders as we work through this transition period.

We would like to warmly welcome Advance Millwrights Inc. as the newest member of the Tri-Mach Group of Companies.


Harold Whiteside, CPA. CMA.

President & CEO
Tri-Mach Group of Companies


Tri-Mach Group Inc. is a multi-trade, turn-key solution provider of sanitary equipment and best-in-class services for the food processing, liquid processing, and pharmaceutical industries.

With over 30 years of industry experience, we offer our customers custom solutions to complex problems, saving both time & money. Our services include design engineering, custom stainless steel fabrication, millwrighting, machining, electrical, automation, systems integration, and plant maintenance. Our experience, knowledge, reputation, and commitment to food safety are the keys to our success!

Download the official press release here.

Tri-Mach Group Inc. announces exclusive distribution partnership with A-ONE Manufacturing in Canada

TMG + A-One

Tri-Mach Group Inc. is proud to announce an exclusive distribution partnership with A-ONE Manufacturing, a leading stainless steel fabrication company based in Stafford, Missouri. This strategic relationship establishes Tri-Mach Group Inc. as the exclusive sales, services & parts representatives within Canada.

With nearly 55 years of experience manufacturing stainless steel equipment for the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, A-ONE Manufacturing boasts an impressive array of pre-fabricated and custom-built products.

Product offerings from A-ONE Manufacturing, now available from Tri-Mach Group, include:

  • Dumpers
  • Storage Loaders
  • Screw Conveyors
  • Blenders
  • Pallet Lifts
  • Cookers
  • Tanks
  • V Mags
  • Pallet Exchangers
  • Tumblers
  • Racks & Rack Loaders
  • Vat Inverters

This strategic alignment with A-ONE Manufacturing compliments Tri-Mach Group’s mission to providing best-in-class turn-key solutions to the food processing, liquid processing and pharmaceutical industries.

To learn more about how products from A-ONE Manufacturing can complement your processing line, contact:

Krystal Darling
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Kory Graham
Sales Account Manager

Ontario’s Local Food Fund supports Mariposa Dairy

From MyKawartha.com

Having already begun work to realize expansion plans, the timing of $500,000 from the Ontario Local Food Fund couldn’t have been better for Mariposa Dairy owner Bruce Vanderberg.

The funding was recently announced by Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal. The Lindsay-based cheese maker is one of nine agri-food businesses in the Eastern Region to receive funding to support innovative food projects that increase demand and sales of Ontario food, stimulate new investment and strengthen Ontario’s agri-food sector.

Mariposa Dairy is receiving $500,000, which Mr. Vandenberg said will go towards the company’s $5.5 million expansion project.

In March, the packaging lines are expected to move into a new 4,200 square foot facility on St. George Street, with the processing side following in 2016. State-of-the-art equipment is needed for the new facility to accommodate rising packaging volumes – expansion into overseas markets is helping triple Mariposa Dairy’s production – meet Europe’s strict quality control standards, find efficiencies in reduced water use and handle the more “tedious” work at the plant.

Developing the facility will have spin off effects. It will boost technical jobs and the need for professionally trained staff, but, more importantly, the supply chain will be impacted. The increased demand for goat milk – expected to be roughly 23 million litres a year – has the potential to create up to 150 new jobs.

Read the full article here.

‘Tis The Season For Change!

Today, we kick off our 2nd annual Holiday Food Drive! All proceeds will be donated to the FoodBank of Waterloo Region, and we couldn’t be more excited to help out our community.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the food drive!

Food Drive 1

We’re Making Headlines!

This week, Tri-Mach Group was featured in an article from the local Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge newspaper, The Record. The article covers our history, some key points in our company’s timeline, and showcases our president’s passion for the work we do.

It was an honour speaking with staff from The Record and having them visit our shop. Thanks for such a great profile!

Read the full article here.
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