January 1, 2015
Cadorath Group – Keeping it in the Family
Vertical | By Lindsay Hughes
The Cadorath Group business model is simple: “The customer always comes first.” That’s what was stressed to Vertical during a recent visit to the company’s sprawling Winnipeg, Man.-based facility. But when you’ve enjoyed the success that the group has had for more than 60 years, and spread into such a variety of supporting industries, that might be easier said than done.
Founded by Gerald J. Cadorath as a plating shop in 1954, the Cadorath Group today includes Cadorath Aerospace (which offers aeronautical product repair, modification and overhaul), Cadorath Aerospace Lafayette (based in Broussard, La.), Cadorath Distribution (aeronautical product and component supply), Meridian Helicopters (helicopter sales and brockerage, leasing, pre-buy inspections, insurance, and financing), Cadorath Uniflyte (agricultural manufacturing), Cadorath Coating (coating and plating solutions), and Cadorath Engineering (a Transport Canada delegated Design Approval Organization). However, David Haines, Cadorath senior vice president, told Vertical that despite the company’s growth, there are some sectors it won’t go into because its industry partnerships are too important.