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Exceptional growth for leaders in Kelowna building automation

Kimco draws new talent

A leader in building automation, HVAC and electrical, Kimco Controls has drawn new talent to the heart of the Okanagan and seen exceptional growth.

The expansion of the company’s skilled workforce, which has grown by at least five team members this year and is continuing to hire for new positions, points to the significance of the company as a beacon for innovation and technology in the heart of the Okanagan.

“We’re seeing more highly skilled team members from a variety of disciplines join the team at Kimco, upping the level of service and cultivating innovation here in interior B.C.,” Kimco Controls director of business development Ken Watt says. “Bringing jobs to our hometown and fostering community has always been at the core of the Kimco philosophy, and we’re so proud to see that coming to fruition as we welcome new growth and talent to the region.”

New hires include technicians, support and administration professionals, while open positions for journeyman apprentice, foreman, and accounting roles in Kelowna and Vernon pose new opportunities for prospective employees in the Okanagan.

People, Passion, Pride

The foundation of Kimco’s success is based on three principles: people, passion and pride. With those pillars in mind, the company provides opportunities for employee growth, nurturing the passion the team has for their trade. That’s the case for journeyman electrician Elliott Causton, who is transitioning from the electrical trade to building automation under Kimco’s wing.

“There’s always evolving technology in the (electrical) trade, and in the eight years I’ve been doing it it’s moved towards automation,” says Causton, who is able to branch out within his career at Kimco. “That’s what has kept me interested and wanted to switch over (to automation).”

An encouraging and collaborative workplace culture built on decades of experience allows for on-the-job learning at any stage of a career. “(The technicians) are easy to get along with and knowledgeable,” says newly hired journeyman HVAC mechanic Brock MacDonald, who has 10 years of experience in the trades. “It seems like one big team, and I appreciate that. It’s not always that way. It’s been really nice. No one hesitates to help when they can.”

That team environment erases some of the dynamics that can be found in other workplaces, leaving a sense of autonomy and light-heartedness. “It’s a lot of fun in the office,” says HVAC estimator Colin Gordner. “It feels like a family, working directly with the owners and partners. There’s no hierarchy.”

Beyond creating new jobs in the region, Kimco Controls gives back to the community through ongoing partnerships with organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of the Okanagan, Maple Springs Bible Camp, JoeAnna’s House, Rutland Youth Soccer Association and the Cranbrook Bucks.

Kimco Controls has been the local go-to for automation and controls in B.C.’s Interior for almost 40 years. Passionate about automation, electrical and HVAC in Kelowna and beyond, Kimco is constantly innovating to provide the best service possible. For more information, visit kimcocontrols.ca.

This article is written by or on behalf of the sponsoring client and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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