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NTN and the Ficodis Group (Industrial Distributor Partner of NTN) announce Happier Smiles Holiday Giving Campaign in support of families at Dr Julien Foundation


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NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada and the Ficodis Group (Industrial Distributor Partner of NTN), believe in giving back and doing their part by helping those in need. Holidays should be a joyous time of the year, but for some, it can be stressful, especially with the pressure of buying gifts for children and providing a special meal for your family.

NTN and the Ficodis Group have partnered together to launch their “Happier Smiles” holiday giving campaign for children in need. The companies joined forces to distribute warm clothing and food items to families on Friday December 3rd in Montreal at the Dr Julien Foundation pediatric center. The Foundation assists client families with urgent needs to deliver social pediatrics services in as many vulnerable communities as possible. The care packages and meals were provided to those who needed a little extra help to get them through the holiday season.

Both companies were thrilled and humbled to be part of this initiative to support disadvantaged children and are thankful for the truly amazing work of everyone who rallied around this cause by donating and managing the logistics to deliver 100 knapsacks each filled with an assortment of warm clothing and meal kits. This initiative will help ensure children and their families, including some of the most vulnerable in Montreal's communities, will be warm and ready for winter weather, helping to take the pressure off already stretched family budgets, particularly at this time of the year.

“One of the Ficodis Group core values is to give back and to put children’s welfare first," says Frank Mascia, VP of the Ficodis Group. ”Ficodis’ Montreal-based companies such as Transbearco and IBS Tuboquip have already committed resources to empowering children from vulnerable communities to be academically successful, both locally and internationally and now we are proud to join our channel business partner, NTN, in helping the Dr Julien Foundation to provide care and empower children for life.”

“Industry partner outreach initiatives such as the Dr Julien fundraising drive with the Ficodis Group are an integral part of NTN's Community Spirit program Happier Smiles, Happier Faces, aimed at pioneering positive social changes in local communities throughout Canada,” says Sean Barron, Regional Sales Manager Quebec, NTN Canada. “This Holiday Giving campaign will provide clothing and food donations to support kids and their families during a difficult time, many of whom are facing complex medical challenges and food insecurity. Our joint efforts with the Ficodis Group are a testament to how great a difference people can make when they come together for a cause.”

The Foundation Dr Julien seeks to deliver social pediatrics services to children that do not have access to the care and services to which they are entitled. Supporting the Foundation means contributing to the quality of care and services, the longevity of social pediatrics, and the deployment of a vital front-line network for thousands of children.The teams behind the event have been overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of their corporate volunteers. The clothing drive was also generously supported by CMYK Global Group of Companies who donated fleece sweatshirts, winter hats and track pants at a discounted rate.

To join NTN and the Ficodis Group in helping more children smile and live happier, healthier lives, visit to learn more.



About Ficodis Group

Ficodis is a multi-specialized industrial supply distribution group that was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Montréal. Comprised of 19 locations throughout the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario, and in Long Island, New York, the Ficodis Group is recognized for the quality of its service, its technical expertise, as well as the products and solutions they provide, tailored to the needs of manufacturing companies and SMEs. The group specializes in four areas: Tools, Safety, Cutting Tools and Power. Ficodis also offers a complete range of top quality tools under its private label Cromson, which includes cutting tools, hand tools, abrasives and other Maintenance, Repair and Operations products. All of the products found in-store can also be ordered online at For more information:

About NTN

Founded in 1918, NTN is one of the world's largest producers of premium quality ball and roller bearings, long recognized for the most stringent quality standards in the industry. With plants around the globe and a strong domestic manufacturing network, over 80% of the products sold by NTN in North America are made by one of the ten plants the company operates in Canada and the USA. NTN is also a leading provider of bearing services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. NTN's company vision is "to transform into Canada’s leader of the Ultimate Bearing Experience." For more information:

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