Whitby company expands its Services to support Darlington Refurbishment

November 8, 2017, Whitby, Ontario – For AeroTek, partnering with Triumph Gear Systems (Triumph) to support Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Refurbishment project was the launch pad toward the expansion of AeroTek’s unique service offering beyond the aerospace industry.

During the planning stages, AeroTek worked with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the SNC Lavalin/Aecon Joint Venture and Triumph Gear Systems to develop a modern, repeatable procedure for the application of corrosion and wear resistant coatings on nuclear reactor components. AeroTek also implemented changes to ensure their process would meet the stringent environmental requirements of the nuclear industry.

AeroTek invested heavily to purchase the necessary environmental and processing equipment to support the project while sourcing and training four new skilled employees including a Quality Assurance Manager, a Laboratory Technician and Electroplating staff. AeroTek anticipates hiring more highly skilled people in the Whitby community over the next few years.

Established in 2006 after purchasing its predecessor, AeroTek is a company with decades of experience in aerospace technology, both in management and on the shop floor. The company’s support of the Darlington Refurbishment project is changing the way AeroTek does work today and how it will do work in the future.

Ontario is embarking on a massive nuclear refurbishment program that will see 8,000 jobs created in the province, to add to the 12,000 Ontarians currently employed in the sector. The refurbishment of Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear Station is underway and home to over 5,000 additional workers. Of the $25 billion planned investment in plants at Bruce and at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear Station, over 90 percent will be spent with Ontario-based suppliers, creating further jobs and opportunities for small- and medium-sized companies across the province.

OPG’s Darlington Refurbishment project is Canada’s largest clean energy project, generating thousands of jobs and environmental benefits for Ontarians. AeroTek is one of 200 companies located across the province who are supporting this 10-year venture.


“The Ontario PC Party is proud to support Ontario’s nuclear industry and the thousands of jobs being created by great firms, like AeroTek, as a part of the Darlington Refurbishment and the Bruce Power Major Component Replacement. Together these projects represent a core part of Ontario’s energy future and make us a global leader in nuclear technology.” 
Lorne Coe, MPP Whitby – Oshawa

"We are fortunate to have a growing number of industry leaders like Aerotek based here in Whitby," said Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell. "I'd like to thank Aerotek for the significant investments they make in our Town and wish them continued success for the future."
Mayor Don Mitchell, Mayor of Whitby

"Companies like Aerotek here in Whitby demonstrate the strength of Ontario's vertically integrated supply chain of many small and medium sized enterprises that develop and implement innovative technologies for the fabrication of important components for the Darlington Refurbishment project.”
Dr. Ron Oberth, President and CEO, OCNI

“AeroTek and its employees are excited to be involved with the Darlington Nuclear Refurbishment program now and in the future. To achieve Nuclear approvals, AeroTek had to change the way our business is conducted and, with the hiring of more skilled staff, the company looks forward to increasing its contribution to the local Ontario economy during the next few years.”
Jonathan Schofield, AeroTek

Refurbishing Darlington Nuclear is Canada's largest clean energy project that will ensure a clean, safe and reliable source of energy for the next 30 years,” said Scott Berry, Senior Manager Corporate Relations at Ontario Power Generation. “This investment in clean air and lower energy prices is creating 14,000 jobs across Ontario, and right here in Durham. Areotek is one of hundreds of Ontario companies supporting this made-in-Ontario project where 96 per cent of project expenses are spent in Ontario."
Scott Berry, Senior Manager Corporate Relations, Ontario Power Generation

AeroTek is a world-class, aerospace processing facility with more than 50 years' experience and history, providing a one-stop shop for aerospace and other industry metal finishing from its 27,000 sq. ft. location in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, close to Hwy 401. With more than 400 aerospace and other OEM process approvals, as well as ISO9001:2008, AS9100 and NADCAP certifications, AeroTek provides traditional and environmentally friendly electroplating, anodizing, vacuum coatings, paint and other metal finishes.

Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) is an association of more than 200 Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry that employ more than 12,000 highly skilled and specialized engineers, technologists, and trades people. OCNI companies design reactors, manufacture major equipment and components, and provide engineering services and support to CANDU nuclear power plants in Canada as well as to CANDU and Light Water Reactor (LWR) plants in offshore markets.


For Further Information Contact:

Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries:  Ron Oberth, President and CEO

Tel: (905) 839 -0073 or (647) 407-6081, ron.oberth@ocni.ca