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DVS Manufacturing Carries on the Family Business

The owners of DVS Manufacturing Inc. and Louet North America are a husband and wife team that sell their products all over the world. Dave and Pam Van Stralen’s business is located in the Leeds Grenville area of eastern Ontario. DVS is perhaps best-known for its SquareTM ergonomic knitting needles and crochet hooks. 

DVS Brings the Family Tradition into the 21st Century

The original family business, Louet North America, was started by Dave’s late mother, Trudy. The company specialized in:

  • Louet spinning wheels
  • weaving equipment
  • manufactured dyed wool
  • designed knitting patterns

Trudy’s original knitting patterns are still sold today. In 2016 the family bought out Kollage Yarns, which included all of its needle-making equipment. Now the wool and weaving company has the perfect complement: knitting needles and crochet hooks.

In true Van Stralen form, their son Brett brought his expertise to the family business in order to put all the needle and hook manufacturing equipment to good use. With a background in robotics, he was integral to the creation and setup of their second company: DVS Manufacturing Inc. 

Find Work at Growing Manufacturing Businesses

image26Even after expanding their product offerings, the company continues to grow and is quite excited about new patented products they are getting ready to launch. The family currently employs 11 people, but could easily triple in size with their expansion.

DVS’s products are sold in 150 independent craft stores right now, but they plan to sell to 500 stores within the next three years. With years of business experience and a long line of experts in their niche, DVS is an example of the growth in manufacturing within eastern Ontario

Ontario East is supporting manufacturers, like DVS, by promoting their different products, the stable careers they offer, and the constant innovation they bring to their industries. By working for a company like DVS, you would be joining a growing team, with proven business success. Careers in manufacturing are full of opportunities for personal growth, problem solving, and working with technology and machinery every day.

Eastern Ontario Is a First-Choice Location for Work and Home

Not only do manufacturing careers abound in eastern Ontario, but the region is also known for being an affordable alternative to larger city centres. You can land a job with great pay, in an exciting atmosphere, within a region where your money goes further. 

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