Langtree Controls Limited is becoming a familiar, trusted name when it comes to looking after the instrumentation, electrical and process control, and automation needs of industry. It’s no wonder the Sarnia-based company is celebrating its 25th year in business.
Managing Partner Alpesh Patel, P.Eng., says the company is grateful for the ongoing patronage of its clients and for the loyalty of its employees. “On our 25th anniversary, we thank our long-term clients, business partners, and our employees, who are our biggest assets,” he said.
Over the years, the company has made it a priority to value its employees and to provide the best training, new employee mentoring, and ample opportunities for team-building and socialization. In this way, the company has developed an impressive rate of employee retention. “Many of our employees started as co-op students who came to work for us after graduation,” he said. “This summer, we have five co-op students, which is remarkable for a company of this size.”
The company, founded in 1992 by partners Noel Lambe, Jonathan Wong, and Wes Trevail, and later joined by Craig Allen, has grown from a small concern that served the local petrochemical industry to a vibrant business with a staff of about 70 employees and two Sarnia locations, and a customer base that spans the globe. Companies from as far away as China, Malaysia, Europe and Columbia look to Langtree Controls Limited to handle their automation needs with unsurpassed technical expertise, while here at home, clients like Labatt, NOVA, Suncor, CF, Arlanxeo, Cabot, and many others count on the same superior service.
Having surpassed its spotless record of one million manhours with no lost-time incidents in 2013, Langtree Controls Limited is now approaching the 1.5 million manhour mark. Again, training and the ability to work as a team plays a large part in this achievement.
Regardless of its global reach, the people at Langtree Controls Limited remain devoted to the needs of their community. “We sponsor a lot of local sports and charities,” said Mr. Patel. “We encourage our employees to participate in local charities like the Canstruction event for the Inn of the Good Shepherd, Relay for Life, and the LEGO Robotics challenge.”
In addition, the company is keenly aware that all work and no play is a bad way to build intercompany rapport. Office Manager Gina Di Sotto, who oversees this aspect of the company’s operation in addition to day-to-day responsibilities, says one of the company’s team-building events is coming up later this year. “This will be our eighth Langtree conference,” she said. “We will be taking all employees and their significant others to Punta Cana for three days and four nights for team-building activities like our version of Minute To Win It, which is a lot of fun,” she said. “It helps foster friendships outside of the work environment.”
Langtree Controls Limited offers the highest degree of technical expertise coupled with the strength of a committed, united staff. This combination has allowed the company to thrive and grow, and it will undoubtedly continue to carry it into the future. “We want Langtree Controls to be an engineering company of choice,” said Mr. Patel.