A staple in the Sarnia engineering community announced this week that he is leaving the post of one of the oldest independent engineering firms in Sarnia, MIG Engineering (2011) Ltd.
The company's chairman and chief executive officer, Marty Raaymakers, officially handed over the company's reins to Devin Johnson, a four-year veteran of the company, on Thursday. Raaymakers announced his retirement soon after.
"I just think it's time for a change in management," Raaymakers said. "Devin is more than capable of continuing the MIG tradition."
The consulting firm began during a post-war engineering boom about six decades ago, moving to Petrolia and then to the corner of Christina and Maxwell streets in Sarnia. The Raaymakers emerged in 1985, in the midst of what would become a 47-year engineering career.
Johnson, a Lambton College graduate and former company trainee in the early 1990s, said on Saturday he was confident the company would continue building and maintaining its reputation as the company entered its 60th year of operation.
"That's a big part of it, keep that name and story," Johnson said. "We have very long lasting relationships with our customers. It's always these relationships, built with these companies – you're working with them, not working for them. "
The scope for engineers has expanded over the past twenty years, Johnson added. Regulations have led companies like MIG to focus more on safety and the environment. The other wrinkle is rapidly changing technology.
"When I started all drafts, people still wore pencils," laughed Raaymakers. "Now we do more with less people than we could 15 years ago."
Sarnia residents may not be familiar with MIG Engineering Ltd. but the project involving the company is significant: the Chris Hadfield Airport Terminal, the CN Rail tunnel and various pipeline projects throughout the province, to name a few. some.
The firm also consulted cost studies for the long and discussed large freight corridor in Sarnia.
The Raaymakers will not be around when the company officially turns 60 in 2019, but he will be staying with his family in the Sarnia and Lambton County area, he said.
"I have some other projects and things going on that are not related to MIG, and that will keep me out of trouble," he joked.