July 2020 and earlier

On budget and ahead of schedule: 1.2 million face shields made & delivered to Nova Scotia's frontlines

July 24, 2020

Four weeks ahead of schedule, our incredible Face Shield Assembly Team -- comprised of more than 40 people who left the safety of their homes during a lockdown to protect healthcare workers on Nova Scotia's frontlines -- delivered on over 1.2 million face shields from our temporary assembly line facility set up in the gymnasiums at Prince Andrew High in Dartmouth. 

We have so many people to thank, and plans to do so in tangible ways once we get our post-emergency PPE feet solidly beneath us.

More to come.

N.S. company who pivoted to face shields sees future for local PPE

May 27, 2020

Feature story by Keith Doucette, Canadian Press

A small Nova Scotia company that retooled to make medical face shields for the province's health-care system says it is exceeding its own manufacturing target more than a month into the fledgling venture.

MacKenzie Atlantic, located in Musquodoboit Harbour, signed an agreement in mid-April to provide shields for the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre to help boost supply during the COVID-19 outbreak.

MacKenzie, a machine shop that typically manufactures items for the defence sector, was tapped to produce one million face shields for the health authority and 100,000 for the IWK. The company aimed to eventually increase production to 70,000 shields per week.

"We are producing about 90,000 face shields a week right now," owner Matthew MacKenzie said in a recent interview...

MacKenzie Atlantic to produce more than one million face shields for NSHA, IWK

April 14, 2020

MacKenzie Atlantic of Musquodoboit Harbour will produce one million face shields for use by Nova Scotia Health Authority staff and physicians. The company has an additional contract to produce 100,000 shields for the IWK Health Centre.

Face shields are a key piece of the equipment required to protect staff working in environments where patients with possible or confirmed COVID-19 or certain other infectious disease are present.

An initial delivery of shields is expected next week, with production expected to escalate to 70,000 shields per week.

“When we realized we could put our manufacturing experience and supply chain contacts to good use to supply one of the items in critical demand, we knew we had to help,” said Carmen MacKenzie, co-owner of MacKenzie Atlantic.


“In less than three weeks, our team designed a basic prototype, sourced and secured raw material, designed a socially distanced assembly line, built jigs, fixtures and tools for 37 temporary work stations, lined up partnerships with amazing local suppliers, secured a school for our assembly area, and recruited and trained over a dozen staff to start production.” 

MacKenzie Atlantic prototypes face shields for Covid-19 frontlines

March 25, 2020

MacKenzie Atlantic has designed, sourced material for, and built a prototype of an inexpensive face shield that could be used on the frontlines of the fight against Covid-19. 


The face shields are inexpensive, lightweight, fully adjustable and can be mass produced just outside Halifax, Nova Scotia. 


Company owner Matthew MacKenzie says the shop could start producing them within a week of an order, and has the capacity to produce 15,000 to 30,000 per week for hospitals, firefighters, police and other frontline service providers.


New protective measures in place to comply with COVID-19 workplace rules

March 22, 2020

Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S. — With a State of Emergency declared today in Nova Scotia, MacKenzie Atlantic will be putting additional physical distancing measures in place to ensure the health and safety of our employees. The health and safety of our employees is our top priority. 



Minister Chrystia Freeland visits MacKenzie Atlantic for federal funding announcment

Aug 15, 2019

MacKenzie Atlantic hosted a federal funding announcement today where MP Sean Fraser and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced funding of $2.5 million to help six Nova Scotia steel and aluminum companies invest in state-of-the-art automation technology.


MacKenzie Atlantic will be investing in two Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines and a robot to load and unload the machine, creating a fully automated production line that will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This project will position the company to grow further by attracting new, international contracts to the region.

MacKenzie Atlantic receives Premier's Quality Award

May 21, 2019

The MacKenzie Atlantic team received an award tonight at the Premier's Quality Recognition Awards ceremony hosted by ASQ Canada. 


Category: ISO 9001:2015 International Quality Standard.


We don't just say our culture is built on quality.

We mean it.

Gliding Into New Markets

April 2017

MacKenzie Atlantic's most recent foray into medical device manufacturing is highlighted as the cover story in the April issue of Canadian Metalworking Magazine for their Made in Canada series.


*Photography by Halifax-based Applehead Studios 

Photo shoot Friday

Mar. 3, 2017

The MacKenzie Atlantic team welcomed Applehead Studios photographers Ashley Brown and Richard Donovan to the shop for a photo shoot for the April issue of Canadian Metalworking Magazine... stay tuned for the full story!

Matthew MacKenzie wins 2016 BioInnovation Challenge

Oct. 26, 2016

Competing alongside six shortlisted competitors from across the Maritimes,  Matthew MacKenzie accepted the top prize at this year's BioInnovation Challenge for his invention Paraglide, a wheelchair repositioning device that will shift people in their wheelchairs from a seated position to an upright position at the touch of a button.


BioNova announced the winner of the competition following a day of presentations and panel discussions at BioPort Atlantic, Oct. 26, 2016.

Wheelchair device selected as semi-finalist for 2016 BioInnovation Challenge

Aug. 29, 2016

MacKenzie Health Care Technologies Ltd., the company set up to take Matthew MacKenzie's wheelchair repositioning device to market, has been selected as one of eight semi-finalists for BioNova's BioInnovation Challenge 2016. 


"We're thrilled to be shortlisted among this group of Maritime innovators," says Matthew MacKenzie, inventor of the device and co-founder of MacKenzie Health Care Technologies. "There's a ton of great work happening right here on the East Coast, and we're looking forward to learning alongside other progressive minds in the next phase of this challenge." 


Possible game changer? Machinist re-imagines disability claims

Aug. 25, 2016

Our latest project is featured in The Chronicle Herald's business section, Aug. 25, 2016.

MacKenzie Atlantic celebrates 10 awesome years

July 19, 2016

MacKenzie Atlantic celebrated its 10th year in business with tours, demos, burritos and cake on July 19, 2016.


The team offered exclusive tours of its primary facility, demos of its Mazak CNC and manual equipment, a sneak peak at its innovative products under development, and treated clients, suppliers and supporters to a food truck lunch and a milestone cake to remember.


Snapd Dartmouth was on-hand capturing some of the fun for a feature story on the event.


Visit our 10th anniversary page for more photos of the event that brought together under one roof (or tent, as the case may be) many of the people who've helped to make our business what it is today.


Now offering 3D printing

April 2016

With 3D printing technology we are now able to offer a cheaper and faster way to prototype new designs.


Test your designs and work out the kinks in ABS plastic before making the investment in metal. Provide your own 3D file, or have us create a 3D model for you. From concept to design to a 3D part in your hand (within hours), we've got everything you need.

All smiles at the Top 20 Under 40 awards ceremony

Sept. 30, 2015

Matthew MacKenzie was among an impressive and notably humble roster of awardees from across Canada who graced the stage at the 3rd annual Top 20 Under 40 Awards ceremony held at this year's Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show in Toronto. 


In an interview following the ceremony MacKenzie discussed how his business has grown from its own humble beginnings -- where he remembers dining on regular meals of Kraft Dinner and beans on toast -- to what it is today. 


The ceremony shon a spotlight on some of Canada's leading talent, mirroring the take-home message of the CMTS show's keynote speaker, Linda Hasenfratz, Canada’s 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year and CEO of Guelph, Ontario-based Linamar Corp.


“It’s time to tell positive stories of success, about companies with fantastic productivity and amazing products who are growing and winning right here at home.”

Matthew MacKenzie to accept Top 20 Under 40 award

September, 2015

Matthew MacKenzie is heading to Toronto to accept a Top 20 Under 40 award at the third annual Metalworking Production & Purchasing awards ceremony to be held on September 30.


Read about Matthew MacKenzie and 19 other leaders in their field in the August/September edition of MP&P magazine.


Business Voice: Startup season, Shining a light on new entrepreneurs

May, 2015

Halifax Chamber of Commerce magazine Business Voice features in its May 2015 issue the innovation between MacKenzie Atlantic and NSCC that aims to prevent back injuries for home care workers and families caring for people in wheelchairs. Excerpt:


"Nova Scotia needs more entrepreneurs to help turn around its fortunes, but we “subtly discourage” it, says One Nova Scotia’s Ivany report. “These and other attitudes constitute significant barriers to bringing people together around a shared vision for change and renewal.”


The Halifax Chamber of Commerce used Nova Scotia’s annual State of the Province address to shine the spotlight on three emerging businesses that are finding innovative solutions to persistent problems..."

Matthew MacKenzie receives kudos at Premier's State of the Province Address

February 11, 2015

Matthew MacKenzie, owner of MacKenzie Atlantic, and Michael Simms from NSCC received a round of applause when they showcased a collaboration between MacKenzie Atlantic and NSCC on a patented device designed by the college's mechanical engineering students to help reposition people who have slipped into a slouch position in a wheelchair. The device, undergoing the final stages of testing, allows caregivers to reposition people in wheelchairs by reducing the patient's weight by 86%. MacKenzie Atlantic partnered with NSCC as an industry partner to further test, make design improvements, manufacture and market the device.


This new way of repositioning a patient protects the caregiver's back as well as the patient's skin and dignity, and - if used widely - has the potential to save organizations and taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in preventable short-term illness claims. As the Premier put it, "it's a real game-changer."

MacKenzie Atlantic expands, offers welding and fabrication

January 2015

A natural next step in MacKenzie Atlantic's evolution, we have set up and launched a full-service fabrication and welding operation out of our main facility in Musquodoboit Harbour.


Along with welding and fabrication equipment, our team has expanded to include top-notch designers and welders who are experienced to take on anything from structural test assemblies to aluminum cable racking for the communication sector and custom fabrications in the marine, defense and construction sectors, to name a few.

Feature in MP&P Metalworking Production & Purchasing magazine

October 2014

MacKenzie Atlantic's ERP system and LEAN practices garnered the attention of Metalworking Production & Purchasing magazine in the fall of 2014. Read their feature story here... 

Our second facility opens in Woodside

March 2014

MacKenzie Atlantic has opened its second facility to better serve its growing urban client base. Set in the Woodside Industrial Park in Dartmouth, the site houses five CNC machines, allows us to keep production closer to some of our long-time clients, and supports our philosophy that we are an extension of our clients' businesses.

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