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Summer Company Spotlight: Evan Atkinson of EA Metal Works

Evan Atkinson

The South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre is pleased to welcome a new cohort of students ready to launch their businesses and dip into the world of entrepreneurship – including Evan Atkinson of EA Metal Works.

EA Metal Works – Custom metal fabrication products to meet the needs of the client. Located in Stayner Ontario, business owner and craftsman, Evan, uses his passion and skill to create and weld custom artwork and shapes using an advanced plasma table.

Read on for a short Q+A with Evan.

A man using a plasma cutter in a workshop.

What is your favourite part about being an entrepreneur? My favorite part about being an entrepreneur is that I get to explore my own ideas, at my own pace, and learn through doing.

What inspired you to start your business? I was inspired to create my business because it gave me the opportunity to transform materials into artistic and functional items

What services or products do you offer? I offer metal fabrications including plasma cutting designs and welding

Who do you look up to for ideas and inspiration? My biggest inspiration is my father. He started his own business doing farming as a teenager and I’ve always admired his work ethic. His parents were not farmers but he followed his passion, just like I’m doing today.

How did you come up with the name for your business? EA Metal Works. I felt this name best represented my business. It’s a combination of my name and services offered. It’s unique but it also lets customers know what my business is all about.

Approximately how many hours a week do you work on your business? I work as many hours as needed to complete the projects that I have committed to, averaging to about 40 hours per week. When I’m not working on projects, I use my time to research and develop my skills.

What is one important skill every person should have? Communication is a skill that is vital to owning a business. Translating my client’s needs into metal work is based on good communication. It’s a skill I hope to continue to improve upon.

What technology innovation made the most impact on your life? CN Technology has made the most positive impact on my business. CN stands for ‘Computerized Numerical Controls’, a computerized manufacturing process in which pre-programmed software and code controls the movement of production equipment. Helps me out a bunch!

What has been your favourite job?: Doing what I’m doing now – working with metal as an entrepreneur.


For projects and inquiries, Evan can be reached at 705-984-3491 or evancoleatkinson@gmail.com.