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When Bob and Orlando Campagna launched Campagna Engineering near Ottawa in 1966, the first generation immigrants from Italy could scarcely have imagined their business in 2012. Today, the company (now Camcor Industries, based in Carp, Ont.) is one of the few aerospace machining job shops in Canada to build spacecraft hardware.
"We began aerospace work with Boeing in 1967," says Bob Campagna, president of Camcor, adding, "we were the first shop in the Ottawa region with CNC capability and had the first privately-owned CMM."
Camcor is by no means restricted to aerospace work, but the display of aircraft models in the reception area leaves no doubt about the firm's enthusiasm for machines that fly. Noting an Avro Arrow among the models, Bob comments on the cancellation of that world-leading program over 60 years ago. "That never should have happened," he states with a frown.
The company's interest in aerospace includes parts as diverse as temperature control components for satellite electronics to sensor assemblies for the current (and controversial) F-35 project. Camcor is currently ISO 9001-2000 certified and uses in-house procedures, including personnel background checks for sensitive technology, according to their tier one customer requirements.
The aerospace market is decidedly high-tech, but different. A major factor is the need for complex, expensive and time-consuming certifications to supply to airframe and engine makers. Camcor approaches the market as a tier two supplier, machining components for integrators who in turn create the final assembly.