“Family is who we are,” said Stuart Hunt, vice-president of Bailey Metal Products while seated around a striking antique boardroom table. During the holidays, clients and customers are invited to share a meal around this very table. The room is warm, intimate and feels like home.

In 2016, Bailey Metal Products celebrated its 65th anniversary with a party and a generous gift to Mackenzie Health Foundation.

The company, the largest manufacturer of steel framing products in Canada, was founded by Stuart’s grandfather, Sam Bailey.

Emigrating from England to Cambridge, Ont., he partnered with longtime associates and broke new ground working out of the family home through the use of independent delivery and warehousing contractors. In 1989, Bailey Metals relocated to Concord.

Today, the company has eight locations across Canada and employs more than 400 people. Sam Bailey is remembered for his commitment to customer satisfaction, integrity and the value he placed on family.

“We believe in integrity, we are predictable in the eyes of our customer,” said Angelo Sarracini, president of Bailey Metal Products. “We believe it and we wear it on our sleeve.”

“If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you. That was Poppa; trust, honesty and integrity,” Cathy Acs, director of Bailey Metal Products and Stuart’s sister, said with a smile.

Four generations of the Bailey clan continue to work at Bailey Metal. Stuart and Cathy’s father and Bailey Metal chairman, David Hunt, 85, still comes to work every day, as does Cathy’s daughter and Angelo’s son. However, the Hunts have a wider concept of family that includes employees, clients, customers and associates.

Angelo, married to Stuart and Cathy’s sister Pam, cites a recent Bailey Metal video featuring staff speaking fondly about their employer, David Hunt. More than 80 per cent of employees said what they enjoyed most about work was the feeling they belong to a family.

“We consider employees, customers as part of our family, we’re honest with them,” Stuart said when sharing reasons for the company’s success. “What makes a successful climate is being involved in the community, leadership, entrepreneurship and luck. We support those who take care of our family.”

Giving to Mackenzie Health was an easy choice: their customer base resides in the Vaughan area and it is the community hospital for many of their employees and clients. As a supporter of Mackenzie Health for 10 years, David has always had soft spot for hospitals. There is a socio-economic benefit to supporting healthy communities and ensuring his extended family has the care they need.

“The new hospital and new location is good for (sic) business; offering jobs and employment to the community,” Stuart said. “We’re in the construction business, so this is beneficial to many of our clients. This community has allowed us to be successful; there is a natural fit in giving back.”

“We’re morally obligated because we have been fortunate,” added Cathy. “Health is a gift.”

Mackenzie Health is grateful for the support received from our corporate partners. To learn more about making a gift, sponsoring or hosting an event, or creating an employee giving program, please contact Mackenzie Health Foundation at 905-883-1212 extension 7808.

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