Valbruna ASW Inc. president Tim Clutterbuck expects the first half of 2021 to be like the last half of 2020 — a struggle, but with rising improvements.
“It’s going to be very similar,” he said.
But quality products are still being made at the Welland factory, and customers are still in need of what they offer.
“Volumes are not bad,” so far in late 2020, he said, which he expects will continue to be the case in 2021.
“There’s a lot of options, and maybe some pent-up demand,” said Clutterbuck, adding the pandemic has had its obvious negative impacts but that it will continue to be business as usual as much as it can be in 2021.
“I’m anticipating an improvement from a local standpoint. It really hasn’t manifested itself in great ways that I can see,” said Clutterbuck of the pandemic.
He hopes vaccinations being administered on a large scale by mid-year will bring the industry back as close to normal as possible.
Valbruna ASW Inc. is also hoping to expand its workforce by about 15 per cent in the coming year. That’s the result of a new electric arc furnace that will be installed in the summer, an integral piece of equipment in the plant’s operations.