Over the years, leaders at Murray Latta Progressive Machine have found various ways to support the community. Because children and family are important to the company, President Dan Reader was intrigued to find out more about how Murray Latta could support Surrey Memorial Hospital’s mission of taking care of the whole family. He soon learned there are many ways to invest in community, and it made perfect sense to invest in a local hospital that takes care of families throughout the region. Murray Latta Progressive Machine has made a $50,000 pledge to the Critical Care Tower at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

The Surrey-based steel fabrication plant has been part of the B.C. economy for 97 years and has a 60,000 sq. ft. machine shop in Surrey on 132 Street near 88 Avenue that houses about 100 employees. Murray Latta Progressive Machine manufactures custom steel products for industries as diverse as mining, forestry, aviation, waste recycling, transportation and the food/beverage industry. The company came to be after the 2009 merger of two established companies: Progressive Mill Supplies (est. 1954) and Murray-Latta Machine (est. 1918). Prior to the merge, both companies had been working together for over 50 years, with common ownership since 1988. Murray Latta Progressive Machine has since acquired the assets of Brunette Industries (est. 1920’s) in 2013, resulting in the formation of a separate distribution company: Brunette Machinery Company. Though there have been many changes in the company, what hasn’t changed is the pride in workmanship, dedication to customer service and commitment to community.

The company’s stated values include delivering extraordinary values, doing the right thing, considering what’s possible and making the team better. And those are values they also project outside the machine shop’s walls.

Story by the Surrey Leader.

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