Friday , December 4 2020

Engineering firm went down on eve of 60 years

Devin Johnson, left, takes over as chairman and CEO of MIG Engineering Ltd. Former President Marty Raaymakers, rightly announced his retirement Thursday.
(Louis Pin / Observer)

A staple in Sarnia's engineering company announced this week that he is descending from one of the oldest independent engineering companies in Sarnia, MIG Engineering (2011) Ltd.

President and CEO Marty Raaymakers officially conveyed the company to Devin Johnson, a four-year veteran of the company, Thursday. Raaymakers announced his pension shortly after.

"I just think it's time for a change in management," Raaymakers said. "Devin is more than able to practice the MIG tradition."

The consulting firm started during a post-war boom about six decades ago, moving to Petrolia and later to the corner of Christina and Maxwell's streets in Sarnia. Raaymakers came on in 1985, partly through what would become an engineering career of 47 years.

Johnson, a Lambton College graduate and one-time intern at the company in the early 1990s, said Saturday, he is confident that the company will continue to build and maintain their reputation as the company enters its 60th year in service.

"It's a big part of it and keeps that name and that story," Johnson said. "We have very long-standing relationships with our customers. It is always these relationships that are built with these companies – it works with them and they don't work for them."

The field of engineers has been expanded over the last twenty years, Johnson added. The regulations have pushed companies like MIG to focus more on safety and the environment. The other wrinkle has been rapidly changing technology.

"When I started all the drafts, people still used pencils," screamed Raaymakers. "We are getting more finished now with fewer people than we could 15 years ago."

Sarnia residents may not be familiar with MIG Engineering Ltd., but the project of the company is important: Chris Hadfield Airport Terminal, CN Rail Tunnel and numerous pipeline projects around the province to name but a few.

The company has also consulted cost studies for the long-disciplined oversize cargo corridor in Sarnia.

Raaymakers won't be around when the company officially turns 60 in 2019, but he will stay around his family in the Sarnia and Lambton County area, he said.

"I have a couple of other projects and things that are going on are not related to ME and it keeps me out of trouble," he shot.

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