Sparks just got a lift. Kind of.
Cam-Concept, primarily a manufacturer of custom industrial equipment and Cam-Lift systems based in Canada, opened its U.S. headquarters on Glendale Avenue in Sparks earlier this month.
“Cam-Concept is an excellent fit for the Sparks industrial area that offers a vibrant environment for industrial and light manufacturing enterprises,” said Sparks Councilwoman Julia Ratti.
One of Sparks’ newest businesses, Cam-Concept develops equipment such as hook lift trucks, cam-lift trailers and agro-lifts. Their marquee piece, the Cam-Lift, is a hybrid between a trailer a hook-lift system that comes in multiple models.
It’s a unique system that can be adapted to numerous types of vehicles, from a mini-lift for smaller pickup trucks to hydraulic systems capable of handling loads up to 40,000 pounds.
These systems are used worldwide in the fields of construction, waste disposal, landscaping, roofing, aviation and agriculture. Of all these products created by Cam-Concept, 98 percent are customized individually for the client.
“The demand for Cam-Lift products continues to grow in the US and we made the business decision to open our independent US headquarters and a central US distribution point in Northern Nevada that is dedicated solely for our US customers,” said Jacques Simard, vice president of Cam-Concept USA. “The Sparks location on Glendale Avenue will initially serve as our U.S. distribution point with Cam-Lift systems still being made in Quebec.”
Cam-Concept hopes to begin manufacturing in Sparks in the second half of the year and will hire 10 employees (machinists, welders, engineers and salespeople) with an average hourly rate of $28.
“It is exciting to see a Canadian company identify and then select Reno-Sparks for their US operations and more importantly to serve as the location for Cam-Concept’s US headquarters,” said Mike Kazmierski, CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). “With an average wage of $28 (an) hour, this will bring great jobs to the Sparks and will add to the exponential growth of manufacturing we are experiencing in the region.”