Ang immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in 1973. Ang
had owned and operated a foundry in the city of Davao and
it was his dream to create another company in his adopted
land. He was encouraged by the success of Highland Foundry
Ltd. In Vancouver. In the late 1970s, Ang was searching
for the ideal place to start a new business and Alberta,
with its booming, oil-based economy, was an obvious choice.
He made the move to Calgary and broke ground for his new
M.A. Steel Foundry 1981. Production began in March 1982.
the bottom fell out of the oil market in the early 1980s
and the oil industry and entire Alberta economy suffered.
Whereas many oil companies and support industries suffered
or went out of business, M.A. Steel not only survived but
did a good business. As Ang had planned, his major customers
were oil industry equipment manufacturers.
as its owner's strong work ethic and love of the foundry
business, there were a number of reasons M.A. prospered.
It was the only steel foundry in southern Alberta to use
the no-bake molding system. This gave the company a dimensional
accuracy advantage over those foundries using the green
sand system. As well, the M.A. induction furnaces allowed
production of all grades of carbon and stainless steel and
low alloy steel castings.
a new business during recession is always a daunting proposition,
but there are advantages. One was that Ang was able to recruit
a core team of experienced employees who remain with the
company today. Still, there were some tough times. For example,
bitter weather conditions in the winter of 1983 made it
difficult to work outside, particularly on the roof to do
repairs to the cooling tubes of the belting furnace heat
exchanger system. The M.A. team learned their lesson; next
year, anti-freeze instead of water was used in the system.
first big order was for twenty 12-inch check-valve body
castings for the Interprovincial Pipeline Company. The Bechtel
Corporation ordered castings for the Alcan expansion at
Kitimat, B.C. The Esso, Shell, and British Petroleum corporations
ordered tube hangers for the steam generators used in heavy
oil projects. The company's biggest casting was a 3'500-lb.
valve body which required two furnaces to cast. In 1988,
M.A. Steel became the first Western Canadian foundry to
be C.S.A. registered and certified to Z 229.3 and to the
I.S.O. 9003 quality-assurance program. In February 1994,
M.A. Steel became the first steel foundry in Canada to be
certified to I.S.O. 9002
endeavour to be a leader in the foundry industry in the
production of steel and stainless steel castings. We were
the first foundry in western Canada to purchase MAGMASoft
casting simulation and use it in conjunction with SolidWorks
3D to ensure the highest quality castings every time.
are always striving to improve the quality of our castings
by the continuous training of our employees which is our
most valuable asset. We are currently certified to the ISO
9001:2000 international standard.
customers always come first and we will respond quickly
to any issues that arise. We will also offer suggestions
to help our customers get new products into the marketplace