Creation & Evolution,
Eclipsing All Others

Our Story

For its fifth consecutive year, Eclipse was recognized as one of Canada’s Best-Managed Companies for overall business excellence by Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies program. Eclipse was also a six-year recipient of the Growth 500 Award that celebrates Canada’s most dynamic and successful businesses.

2001-2004 – The Start of a Beautiful Thing

  • Eclipse Automation is founded by Steve Mai, Todd Ronald & Richard Bula
  • 3,400 sq ft facility opens in Cambridge, ON
  • Launch of the Eclipse internal ERP Database (DB)
  • 2.6 acres purchased to build 24,000 sq ft facility
Eclipse Head Office

2005-2008 – Building Our Foundation

  • Recipient of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Under 50 Award, Junior Achievement Waterloo Region Award and City of Cambridge Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Workplace Training & Development
  • 28,400 sq ft expansion
  • Ranked #7 – Profit Hot 50 of Canada’s Emerging Growth Companies
  • Erik Woerner joins partnership
  • 100 employees (2007)
  • ISO 9001 certified
  • Eclipse Sports division launches
Steve Mai, Owner & CEO, Eclipse Automation

2009-2012 – Broadening Capabilities

  • Controlled Goods Program (CGP) Certification
  • Licensed Electrical Contractor
  • Canadian Welders Bureau Certification
  • Establishes Eclipse Custom Manufacturing
  • 10,000 sq ft expansion
  • Employee Gym opens
  • Acquires Forefont Automation doubling its operations
  • Launches Service Department

2013-2016 – Diversification Feeds Know-How

  • Employer of Distinction Award 2014, Conestoga College
  • Premier’s Award Nomination 2014, Conestoga College
  • 28,000 sq ft expansion to Cambridge head office
  • Eclipse Software division opens
  • Partner Todd Ronald retires
  • 26,300 sq ft expansion into North Carolina and California
  • 15,000 sq ft expansion to Cambridge facility
  • TSSA and CSA-299.1 Certification
  • 250 employees (2015)
  • Ranked #393 – Profit 500, Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies 2014
  • Ranked #145 – Profit 500, Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies 2015
  • Ranked #222 – Growth 500, Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies 2016
  • Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award, 2014 to 2016
  • Smart Automation Group global partnership formed
Smart Automation Group logo

2017-2019 – Expansion and Global Growth

  • ISO 2015, CSA-299.1 and TSSA certified
  • Previous partners retire – Steve Mai, President and CEO, acquires sole ownership
  • Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Ranked #490 – Growth 500, Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies 2017
  • Ranked #206 – Growth 500, Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies 2018
  • Ranked #256 – Growth 500, Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies 2019
  • Employer of Distinction Award 2019, Conestoga College
  • 25,000 sq ft expansion to Cambridge facility
  • 26,000 sq ft expansion into Mesa, Arizona
  • 60,000 sq ft expansion into Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Eclipse acquires D&D Automation to expand controls system engineering, facility now operated as Eclipse Automation Stratford
  • Eclipse acquires Transmoduls Ltd. in Hungary
  • 650+ employees (2019)
  • Steve Mai – Entrepreneur of the Year Ontario finalist 2019