Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the Canada-based manufacturer of aquatic play landscapes and entertainment solutions, has completed the second phase of its manufacturing plant explanation that began last year.

Phase II adds advanced R&D technology, including the latest computer numerical control (CNC) machines, to continue to deliver unique, progressive, user-friendly and technology-driven products.

The new technology doubles production capacity, both in terms of run-time and parts produced.

For example, by deploying five-axis machines, Vortex will be able to design and produce bigger, more complex parts, particularly those with curved holes and better surface finishes – vital for parts used in water parks – to meet demand for boundary-pushing solutions.

With the additional machines, Vortex said it would be able to assign production more strategically, as older machines will be used to produce smaller parts. The group also plans to increase training and add new hires to keep up with increasing demands.

Phase I added nearly 20,000sq.ft when it was completed in early 2015, including a 2400-square-foot testing pool so Vortex now tests more products at any given time, enabling the company to bring new products to market more quickly.

“We’re continuing to invest in the expansion of our in-house production capabilities to drive new designs that couldn’t have been produced a short time ago. With our new machines and expanded capability, we will be able to offer our customers unique designs that delight and inspire,” said company president, Stephen Hamelin.

Vortex’s completion of stage two of its plant expansion comes as the company made the 27th annual Profit 500 – the definitive ranking of Canada’s fastest-growing companies.

Published in the October issue of Canadian Business magazine, the Profit 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.