Norlock Technology has opened a new facility at 26 Adams Blvd., Brantford, Ont. The company held an open house December 8. It is in a new 12,500-sq.-ft. building located between London and Hamilton just south of Highway 403. The company leased its old facilities about a mile away and simply outgrew them.

Representatives for the company include Cincinnati Precision Machinery in Hamilton, Ohio; Product Products Inc., Charlotte Hall, Md.; and Fabricating Machine Tools Ltd., Cleveland.

Norlock's concept of parent metal fastening, or clinching, was brought to North America in the early 1980s. At that time, founder Quinn Smith was designing and manufacturing pneumatic and hydraulic presses using WAMP technology. He became involved with the early development of clinching equipment for the North American market, and has been involved in its progress ever since. He created the company in 1994.

The Sure-Lok eliminates spot welding or riveting and fastens various gauge metals with an easily adjustable open height that eliminates pinch points.

A new 12-inch throat machine for fittings is being introduced at the AHR Expo this month in Atlanta. The company's new building is on 21/2 acres, giving it room for future expansion. "We're excited about it," said marketing manager Sue Kowalski.

The company was honored by twice being named a Company of the Year candidate by the Brantford Chamber of Commerce. It made it to the final eight selection in 1998, and the final five in 1999, amid some strong competition from much larger companies.