A brand-new upscale INKAS® facility and armored vehicle showroom opened in North York

On Tuesday, December 8, INKAS® Group of Companies held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official opening of its new facility located at 3605 Weston Rd., Toronto. Manufacturers, business partners, media representatives and community leaders joined INKAS® to commemorate the event.

The new facility serves as an office space for over 200 Toronto-based employees, a manufacturing plant and the first and only armored vehicle showroom in Canada. As the vast majority of the company’s clientele and business is based outside of Canada, the state-of-the-art showroom was crafted with the intent to showcase armored vehicles to foreign guests visiting the facility.

“Our new facility is all about innovation. We are locating our offices under the same roof so that we can easily get the sales force, the production force and the engineers together to talk and make our products even more innovative and more competitive,” says Ret. Maj.-Gen. David Fraser, COO, INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing. “This is an innovative facility that we are very proud of.”

Adriano Marcoccia, Administrative Assistant to Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, extended congratulations on behalf of the City of Toronto. Since 1993, INKAS® has dedicated time to involving Canadians into the global manufacturing business, bringing new jobs to Ontario and positioning Canada not only as a national operator but also as a recognized international manufacturer.

“Even though various INKAS® divisions and companies work on different things, we are all one big family and our greatest asset is our people. Without them, we are nothing and as we grow, we are looking to increase our family,” says David Khazanski, CEO, INKAS® Group of Companies.

Attendees had an opportunity to participate in a production facility tour and go behind the scenes of the largest armored vehicle manufacturer in North America. Over the past two decades, INKAS® has grown tremendously from a local cash-in-transit company to a world-renowned group of companies with business divisions including armored vehicle and safe manufacturing, metal fabrication, software development and more.

Denis Krauss joins INKAS® Group of Companies as a Manager of Metaline

INKAS® Group of Companies announces the appointment of Denis Krauss as a Manager of Metaline. Denis Krauss brings over 30 years of leadership experience delivering innovation and driving strategic change within the organizations.

Krauss joins the executive leadership team to achieve the company’s long-term goals and maximize its productivity. Prior to Metaline, he worked as an Operations Manager for Debro Steel LP. Krauss has a long and proven track record in managing high performing teams, boosting efficiency and growth. His renowned experience in effective fleet management and plant organization will enhance the company’s profile in Ontario and across Canada.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Denis Krauss leading the Metaline team,” says Ret. Maj.-Gen. David Fraser, COO, INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing. “With his strong expertise and knowledge of the industry, Denis will add significant value to Metaline and take it to the highest level of success.”

Launched in 2012, Metaline is a subsidiary of INKAS® Group of Companies. It has already gained recognition as one of the most top-notch metal fabrication companies in Ontario. For the past years, Metaline has been adding new machines with the unique capabilities and continuously expanding its customer base. With its advanced technological capacity, the company is shaping up to become the industry leader in metal fabrication.

“I am delighted to be joining Metaline for its impressive capabilities and innovative, research-driven approach,” says Denis Krauss, Manager, Metaline. “I look forward to leading the company into the next phase of growth and business development.”

Remembering Those Who Paid The Ultimate Sacrifice

Just over 100 years ago, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote ‘In Flanders Field’ while serving in front lines at Ypres, Belgium.  Those words, recited every year, remind all of us about the sacrifice our nation has given in the pursuit of peace.  Since Canada’s inception over 116,000 Canadians have had their lives ‘taken’ so that the rest of us can live in peace.  Families were forever changed and once a year we gather to remember them.

Canadians do not go out and seek glory as a nation or by in large as a people.  We quietly work for the betterment of our nation and people in need.   Men and women voluntarily chose to wear our nation’s uniform and serve to defend our country at home and abroad so that the rest of us can go about our lives without thinking about our security.  Canadians are blessed with volunteers who give willingly of their time, service and recognition of the risk to do so.  While they stand on guard, Canadians go about their lives without much thought.  Only when the cause is such, has Canada leaned in when it was right to do so.  The tragic events of last year with the killing of Cpl Cirillo and WO Vincent brought home the cost of freedom.  Canada’s safety due to geography has been challenged.

INKAS® is a proud Canadian company.  We are all from either immigrant families or immigrants ourselves.  INKAS® embodies what it means to be Canadian.  As we reflect on our own stories for freedom, let’s take time out today to remember not only the Canadians who fell for our country but soldiers from all countries who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country in the name of peace and freedom.

We are blessed today to take for granted the actions of others.  Please remember them today and hug a soldier.

– Ret. Maj.-Gen David Fraser

INKAS® wins the Business Excellence Award in the Global Reach category

INKAS® Group of Companies is honoured to receive the Global Reach Business Excellence Award 2015 from Toronto Region Board of Trade. The company is recognized for the continued expansion of its international presence with profitable and sustainable growth in exports.

“We are proud to be an international leader in the security industry. Since 1993, we have managed to establish strong relationships with our clients, partners and suppliers all over the world and we will continue to demonstrate the best business practices,” says David Fraser, COO, INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing.

Toronto Region Board of Trade celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit, excellence, leadership and innovation. It acknowledges the brightest small and medium businesses for their achievements and considerable contributions to the Toronto region business community and the city’s economic prosperity.

 

INKAS® Named 2015 Ontario Business Achievement Award Finalist

INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing is proud to announce that we have been selected as an Ontario Business Achievement Award (OBAA) finalist for the Ontario Going Global, Medium Business category.

The Ontario Going Global is awarded to a business that has implemented an export strategy that has positively affected its bottom line. This year, over 100 businesses submitted their applications for an OBAA award and INKAS® is honoured to be one of two finalists in our category. To date, nearly 500 organizations in Ontario have been awarded an OBAA.

Hosted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the OBAAs is a unique event that showcases some of the province’s most successful businesses and the positive impact they have had on Ontario’s economy. For 33 years, the OBBAs have acknowledged and celebrated Ontario’s best in business – awarding organizations that personifying integrity, hard work, innovation, entrepreneurship, and export excellence. This year’s gala will be held on November 25, 2015 from 5:00-9:30 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

INKAS® Awarded Patents for Environmental Protection Products

INKASTRANS Canada, a leading provider of a wide range of services in the field of environmental protection, has recently been awarded two patents for its products. The new innovative products are oil sorbent pads and absorbent fibrous granules, both of which are designed for oil recovery in practically any oil spill cleanup operation.

Oil sorbent pads are hardworking essentials in the oil spill clean up process. INKAS® pads are recognized for their absolutely incomparable performance as they absorb at least four times more oil than any other pads in the same short period of time, which results in an overall much lower cost of oil retrieval.

Absorbent fibrous granules are widely used for recovery of oil and other hydrocarbons on water and dry surfaces. The INKAS® engineered granules, which are made from natural organic or synthetic waste, have oil sorption rates of up to 20 times their weight and practically endless buoyancy on water before and after oil sorption. It is now easier than ever to both spread and collect these innovative absorbent fibrous granules.

INKASTRANS Canada is committed to conducting its business in a responsible manner that is compatible with the balanced environmental and economic needs of the communities within which it operates. The new innovative products will allow the company to deal with oil spills more efficiently and make the world a better place for generations to come.

INKAS® Wins the “Leaders in Employment Award”

INKAS® Group of Companies is honoured to receive the Leaders in Employment Awards from JVS Toronto. The company was recognized as a Leader that Best Supports Newcomers for its contribution to the Canadian economy by hiring and integrating internationally trained professionals. INKAS® Group of Companies supports newcomers by offering language classes, mentorship opportunities and specialized training.

JVS Toronto’s Leaders in Employment Awards recognizes outstanding businesses and educational institutions who utilize the best employment practices that contribute to fully inclusive environments for youth, persons with disabilities and newcomers to Canada. These awards acknowledge employer efforts that go beyond the initial hiring and onboarding phases to ensure that employees receive continuous professional development and support that meet the unique needs of all employees.

INKAS® Group of Companies highly values JVS’s support in its hiring needs and believes that further cooperation will be even more fruitful. Since 1947, JVS Toronto has empowered people to maximize their potential at work and school by providing career, employment, and educational and vocational assessment services. JVS supports over 21,000 individuals annually gain access to meaningful employment.

The INKAS® team participated in the Sporting Life 10K Run

Toronto, ON – The INKAS® team participated in the Sporting Life 10K Run along the iconic Yonge Street in Toronto. This annual event commits to being a world-class charitable run for kids with cancer. Every $250 raised will allow sending one kid to the camp, which provides fun and meaningful experiences to children affected by cancer. We are proud for our runners who supported the cause and did great in the race!

INKAS® Armored Announces retired Maj.-Gen. David Fraser as its new COO

Toronto, ON – INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, a global leader in production of armored vehicles for private, commercial and law enforcement purposes, is delighted to announce the appointment of retired Maj.-Gen. David Fraser as its new COO.

In response to global instability and growing demand for armored vehicles all over the world, INKAS® Armored has appointed retired Maj.-Gen. Fraser as its new COO aiming to improve the company’s position in the market, further increase the quality of its products and expand its operation to a new level. Retired Maj.-Gen. Fraser’s exceptional leadership skills as well as extensive experience with the Canadian Forces, NATO and other government departments will make an invaluable contribution to the business and ensure that all INKAS® Armored vehicles respond to the needs and requirements set forth by peacekeeping missions on the ground.

INKAS® Security Services Ltd. Offers Complete Cash management Solutions

Toronto, ON – INKAS® Security Services Ltd., a division of INKAS® Group of Companies, provides its clients with integrated cash management solutions, which include, but not limited to Cash In Transit, Coin Processing and ATM forecasting. The company is proud to be one of the leading cash management companies in Ontario, which offers its customers better control over their cash handling issues allowing them to focus on their businesses.