Advanced manufacturing is a winning number in Caledonia!
From a modest start-up in a local garage more than 20 years ago, Spielo International is now an important supplier to the global gaming industry, serving nearly 1,500 customers on five continents. Initially created to manufacture video lottery terminals (VLTs), the company now designs, manufactures, and distributes cabinets, games, central systems, and associated software not only for VLTs but also for slot machines, online gaming, and sport betting.
"SPIELO International was founded in Moncton, and the city continues to be our global manufacturing headquarters for a number of reasons," says Robin Drummond, the international vice-president and general manager of public gaming. "The cost of doing business here is low. We benefit from an educated workforce, the gaming-technology business cluster is growing exponentially and attracting knowledge workers to the region, and it's only a short flight to major international airport hubs. We've been supported by all levels of government and government agencies, and we've mutually benefitted from government support in activities such as R&D."
Spielo International has worked with one of its local customers, Atlantic Lottery Corp., and the provincial government and community colleges to create a post-secondary training program tailored to industry to address the company's human resource needs.
"We're also proud to be among the largest advanced IT-sector employers in the province, providing well-paying careers to more than 450 employees at our Moncton location," says Drummond. "In our 20-plus years of operation, we have continued to indirectly spur growth by supporting local suppliers and partners, which has created a gaming-technology business cluster in our region."
Caledonia Industrial Estates is a growing industrial park on the north side of the City of Moncton. Adjacent to the Trans Canada Highway, this park is ideally situated for any company with goods to move. Spielo is in good company with names like Molson-Coors, Irving Personal Care and McKesson Canada. Caledonia also has plenty of room to welcome new neighbours.
The preceding article was extracted from a special supplement on Moncton and its industrial parks in the June issue of Progress Magazine. Download a copy below.
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