Canerector Acquires Coronado Steel, Accelerating its Growth Strategy

March 19, 2024

Canerector, a leading industrial products and services provider, announced today the acquisition of Coronado Steel, a move that strengthens its position in the foundry industrial market, served by its Foundrion Group. The strategic acquisition underscores Canerector’s commitment to growth and its history of expansion through acquiring and investing in North American businesses that exhibit strong … Read More

Hidden in Plain Sight – The Artistry of Gamma Foundries

March 13, 2024

Any fan of the classic story The Wizard of Oz will be familiar with the significance of Dorothy’s ruby slippers. They were the key to returning home and were with her the whole time, but she didn’t realize it. Essentially, they were hidden in plain sight. The same can be said for the wide variety … Read More

Continuous Business Learning at Work

January 31, 2024

Continuous Machine Learning (CML) is a form of Artificial intelligence (AI) that allows computers to learn without being explicitly programmed to do so. It does this by monitoring and retraining models with newly acquired data. The intent is to, as closely as possible, reproduce a human’s ability to take in and fine-tune information continuously.  This … Read More

Saying Farewell to an R&D Legend

January 10, 2024

Standing on the precipice of retirement after a career in mechanical research and development (R&D), Dieter Hilker clearly recalls the boyhood moment that was a harbinger of things to come.  “When I was 15, I took apart my father’s Volkswagen and made a snow plane,” Hilker said. “I found a couple of bed frames and … Read More

It’s Getting Easier Being Green

December 13, 2023

  Don Basset, sitting on Greenworks Zero Turn lawnmower, and Robert Budohoski.   “In 60 years, I’ve never seen anything like this.” For Don Bassett to say this, it truly had to be something remarkable. Don was a founding partner when Brother’s Equipment Ltd. was launched in 1975 and is active with the company to … Read More

Keddco Celebrates 50th Anniversary with an Eye to the Future

November 15, 2023

Reaching 50 successful years in business is no small feat. It would be easy for any company to rest on its laurels. But resting is not what Keddco Manufacturing is all about. According to President and General Manager Ron Pitre, success in the next 50 years requires a commitment to evolving and adapting to a … Read More

Measuring Up For Success: Quality Leaders Gather In Network Event

October 25, 2023

For our last network meeting, Quality leaders gathered in Toronto to get to know their peers and exchange on topics related to their field. Thank you to all attendees from different companies within Canerector located in Canada and the US for joining us for this event. Collaboration, An Important Success Factor Members of the Quality … Read More

A Great Networking Opportunity: Estimators Spending Time Together

October 18, 2023

Estimators from Canerector companies travelled from all over North America to meet in Toronto for the opportunity to network with their peers. Thank you to all the participants for taking the time to join us for this special event. Time Management Tools to Improve The estimating leaders participated to a workshop titled “Managing Time, Maximizing … Read More

Engineers Engage and Exchance At Network Event

October 11, 2023

Engineering leaders within Canerector had the opportunity to meet and connect during a network event in Toronto. We would like to thank all the attendees that joined us from across North America to engage with their peers. Innovative Thinking Is Key On the first day, the leaders took part to a workshop on innovative thinking … Read More

3D Scanning and 3D printing: A Game-Changer in Manufacturing

August 30, 2023

To the casual observer, it may appear more like science fiction than science. A computer model of an object is gradually formed, slice by slice, through layers of light-sensitive liquid and ultraviolet light until the object is complete. This process of 3D scanning and printing is no work of fantasy. In fact, it may just … Read More

A Tribute to Three Trailblazers

July 19, 2023

According to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, women account for 48 percent of the Canadian labour force, and just 29 percent of the manufacturing workforce. While these numbers have a long way to go before we can claim to work in a gender-balanced industry, women who have pushed the envelope over recent decades have managed to move … Read More

New Machine Has Nordstrong Soaring To New Heights

June 14, 2023

In the world of manufacturing, leaders know that their businesses are only as healthy as their people and the equipment they use. As equipment ages, businesses can take advantage of the opportunity to bring in newer, more effective machinery—just ask the team at Nordstrong Equipment, who recently doubled their capacity with the well-timed purchase of … Read More

Canerector Leader Amanda Hawkins Featured In Article

June 7, 2023

Canerector’s Amanda Hawkins was recently interviewed for a series focusing on women in family enterprise. Throughout the article, Amanda shares how early exposure to a myriad of roles, opportunities to work in plants and on job sites, and many challenges that tested her capabilities along the way ultimately afforded her the practical education she needed … Read More

Canerector Announces Acquisition of Prescor LLC

May 23, 2023

Canerector Inc would like to announce that Prescor LLC has been acquired and will now be part of the Conrex Steel Ltd group of companies. The acquisition will expand the reach of Conrex Steel, one of Canada’s leading manufacturers of ASME-code heads for tanks and pressure valves, into the US market, providing expanded regional delivery … Read More

Equipped for Success: Investing with the long-term in mind

April 19, 2023

Across the Canerector community, businesses are thinking long-term and reinvesting in their operations by purchasing modern equipment that will help their teams work more efficiently, expand their current capabilities, and ultimately help them produce in higher volumes. For three of our companies in particular, the recent installation of their newest machines marked exciting steps forward … Read More

Canerector community mourns the loss of Stew Kerby

March 22, 2023

Stewart “Stew” Kerby March 7, 1936 – February 17, 2023 Years of Service: 1957 – 2007 It is with heavy hearts that we share the recent passing of a treasured friend and an important figure in Canerector’s history – the one and only Stewart “Stew” Kerby. Stew was born in Winnipeg in 1936, and moved … Read More

Canerector Foundation Launches Trade Scholarship Program

March 8, 2023

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Canerector Foundation Scholarships in Skilled Trades program. The Foundation has already contributed $1.75 million to support approximately 450 students with four leading colleges and is excited for new schools across Canada to join the program. The Canerector Foundation was established in late 2019 as a way … Read More

Gamma Foundries collaborates on “Leaping Lamp” street art

February 15, 2023

When a customer approached Gamma Foundries to manufacture a unique piece, they were intrigued. While Gamma has experience in the odd architectural shape, their team was surprised to learn that this was no ordinary request—they were asked to create a 22-foot-high statue comprising of 21 individual aluminum castings built around a steel frame, and designed … Read More

Brad Tully to Lead Machining and Fabrication Alliance

February 10, 2023

Within the Canerector portfolio of companies, four machining and fabrication businesses have combined forces to take advantage of synergies and opportunities within our group. This new alliance will have the ability to support customers in a variety industries in North America with a full range of small, medium and large scale precision machining, onsite machining, … Read More

Paprima Industries launches predictive maintenance program through the Internet of Things (IoT)

January 18, 2023

Canerector is proud to see Paprima Industries harnessing the power of technology to improve their customers’ operations. For many, the average “smart home”—complete with modern appliances all linked and controlled through the swipe of a smartphone—is the simplest example of the Internet of Things in our everyday lives. In an industrial capacity, however, and manufacturing … Read More

Building The Foundation for The Future

November 30, 2022

Three-quarters of a century of operations is no small achievement, and one that undoubtedly comes with times of dramatic growth and change. For Canerector, there are three short periods where the company experienced intense growth, each doubling the company’s size. The first was the 1983 purchase of a large, national competitor, TIW Industries, profiled in … Read More

Canerector Controllers Connect and Collaborate

November 15, 2022

We have been very pleased with our previous network events, and are thrilled to see continued success. Our most recent network event was for the controllers of our companies. This event was this group’s first in-person gathering since the pandemic. It was a fantastic opportunity for accounting individuals to connect with their peers, share experiences … Read More

Supply Chain Specialists Share, Socialize, and Refresh Their Skills

October 26, 2022

To connect our procurement network, we held an event for key individuals responsible for supply chain through our businesses. The first in-person event for this group since the pandemic, it was great to see our team from various companies and industries finding commonalities, sharing experiences and discussing approaches to procurement. Thank you to all the … Read More

Production, Plants and People: A Focus on Manufacturing Leadership

October 5, 2022

Our production managers gathered in Toronto, where we hosted an opportunity for growth and further strengthening of our companies’ network. This seminar, the first in-person gathering for the group since prior to the pandemic, was a continuation of the virtual seminars series on developing management skills. We would like to thank the attendees that joined … Read More

Sales Network Event Combines Training, Tours, and Talent

September 22, 2022

As part of our long-term commitment to strengthening our network, sharing ideas, and developing our teams, we held an event for key sales individuals this month. This was our first in-person seminar since prior to the pandemic, when we initiated a series of virtual seminars, including one earlier this year for our Sales and Procurement … Read More

Richard Bélanger, President of Robert Mitchell Inc., Retires After 38 Years

September 14, 2022

With our sincere respect and gratitude, Canerector announces the retirement of Richard Bélanger, President of Robert Mitchell Inc. Richard’s leadership skills have shone throughout his career. Richard Bélanger’s Early Beginnings with Robert Mitchell in the 1980s Richard received a diploma in college studies in motorized equipment. Upon graduation, his school sent his resume to Robert … Read More

Petro-Tech & TIW Western Merge to Create Powerful Single-Source Solution

August 24, 2022

Canerector is pleased to share that TIW Western Inc. (TIWW) has merged with Petro-Tech Heat Technology Inc. The combined product offering and engineering capabilities of these two companies will provide a single-source service unmatched anywhere else within the heat transfer industry. “With the merger, we have maintained the Petro-Tech brand and integrated the operations fully … Read More

The Art of Transformation – Industrial Inspired Artwork by Jarmila Kavena

July 25, 2022

During the Open House Celebration held on June 11, for Canerector’s 75th anniversary, we offered tours of the artwork adorning the walls of our corporate office building. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to work in an environment surrounded by inspiring art from talented artist Jarmila Kavena, and were honoured to share the … Read More

Randy Lauder Retires After 20 Years at MBB Power Services

July 13, 2022

Photo above: Randy Lauder speaks to his peers after receiving his retirement recognition award at the 2022 Presidents Meeting. Canerector wishes to extend our thanks and appreciation to Randy Lauder on his 20 years with the company as he moves into retirement. Over the course of his time as president of MBB Power Services (MBB), … Read More

Boardroom Dedicated in Honour of Canerector Vice President Pierre Désormeaux

June 29, 2022

Photo above: Pierre Désormeaux and his wife Manon Côté stand with Canerector CEO Amanda Hawkins after his boardroom dedication ceremony at the 75th anniversary Canerector open house. It is with much joy and gratitude that Canerector announces the dedication of our boardroom in honour of retired vice president Pierre Désormeaux. Pierre’s work helped shape Canerector … Read More

Canerector Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Open House

June 22, 2022

In honour of our 75th anniversary, Canerector held an open house celebration on Saturday, June 11th. All of our presidents from across North America were in Toronto for our annual Presidents Meeting and joined our corporate office staff to celebrate this special occasion in person. Canerector’s Open House Takes Us Back to Its Humble Beginnings … Read More

Canerector’s Presidents Meeting Returns In Person This Year

June 15, 2022

It is with much pleasure that we, at Canerector, were able to resume our annual Presidents Meeting face-to-face this year. Following COVID-19, we have been eager for the wonderful opportunity to unite our company leaders in person. PRESIDENTS MEETING ROUNDTABLES & TRADE SHOW One of the many benefits of this gathering is the opportunity for … Read More

Connexus Announces Retirement of President Cliff Lane

June 6, 2022

Canerector wants to extend our deepest thanks to Connexus President Cliff Lane for his service of 45 years. A charismatic family man who finds joy in all he does, Cliff Lane left his mark with many in the industry through his energetic personality and thoughtful leadership. In the beginning His career path started in 1977 … Read More

The Fundamentals of Managing People – Production Seminar

June 1, 2022

Canerector is working to support our businesses in helping them achieve success across all facets of their company. In our spring production seminar we focused on management training. At Canerector, we believe that great leadership is part of the recipe to great success within a corporate structure. And, we know that great leadership can only … Read More

Labrador Metal Works Reopens After the Pandemic

May 27, 2022

Photo: The Labrador Metal Works team stand proudly together following the reopening of their company after closing their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, Labrador Metal Works’ team has plenty to celebrate! The business is once again up and running after being shut down completely for almost two years. Hit hard by the … Read More

Sales & Procurement Seminar with CPSA

May 18, 2022

Spring Sales and Procurement Development Seminar At Canerector we value our long-term commitment to our companies and strive to provide them with access and opportunities to enhance growth, sales, and corporate success whenever possible. Our company leaders work hard with a goal to provide unparalleled service to their customers. We help them in that goal … Read More

Canerector Appoints a New Vice President

March 28, 2022

We are pleased to introduce Kevin Guile, Vice President, joining the team at Canerector. Kevin has multiple years of sales, operations, general management and executive experience in steel fabrication and construction. Starting his career as a drafter/detailer, he has held progressively more senior roles during his distinguished career at Supreme Steel. Most recently, Kevin was … Read More

Canerector Marks 75 Years – Its Origins and Founding Principles

March 10, 2022

Cecil and Stanley Hawkins circa the 1980s.  Canerector is proud to be celebrating 75 years of operation. Since its creation in 1947, the company has undergone an incredible transformation from a small field team to a multi-company family business. Its success is closely related to the three successive owners of the same family who were … Read More

Champ Metal Fabrication Appoints New President

February 17, 2022

We are pleased to announce Kevin Medwick as President & General Manager at Champ Metal Fabrication. With over 10 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution, Kevin served in senior leadership positions in the metal and machining industry. Through his career, he has led sales increases, operational improvements such as on time delivery and significant … Read More

Canerector Welcomes New Vice President

February 8, 2022

We are pleased to announce that Joe Tabak has joined the team at Canerector. Joe has multiple years of sales and marketing, supply chain, operations and general management experience in various manufacturing environments. Most recently, he was the President of Composite Systems, a division of Shawcor, where he held increasingly senior positions during his 20-year … Read More

Connexus Industries Welcomes New President

January 27, 2022

We are pleased to introduce Rudi Pieterse, President of Connexus Industries. With the upcoming retirement in May 2022 of current President, Cliff Lane, Rudi is able to have a smooth transition from Cliff’s leadership to his own. Rudi joins Connexus after time with both FWS Group of Companies and Sandvik Group among others, where he … Read More

Conrex Steel President Featured in MetalForming Magazine

January 26, 2022

Conrex Steel’s President Larry Harrison has been featured in MetalForming (MF) magazine for an informative Q&A. In a discussion with editor Brad Kuvin, Harrison provides an honest and open account of his management insights and learnings. Since he joined the company as president in 2017, Harrison has invested in changing the company culture to being … Read More

Monett Metals Inc. Brings Art to Life in San Francisco

December 6, 2021

The team at Monett Metals Inc. was recently called on to bring another artist’s vision to life. Previously, we shared about Monett’s support of the creation of a memorial for 9/11 first responders. This time, Monett aided in the creation of a permanent art installation for the City of San Francisco, California. Monett poured a … Read More

Ontario Premier Doug Ford Tours Conrex Steel’s New Head Press

November 25, 2021

Above Photo: The Hon. Doug Ford tours Conrex Steel’s new 3500-ton head press.  On Friday, November 19th, Conrex Steel unveiled North America’s largest ever head press. Ontario’s Premier, The Hon. Doug Ford, toured the facility and joined Canerector CEO, Amanda Hawkins, in congratulating Conrex Steel along with their partners on this project. “I love coming … Read More

Conrex Steel: Hot Off The Press

November 17, 2021

Conrex Steel unveils new massive 3500-ton hydraulic press – the largest head press of its kind in North America. The project was lead by Conrex Steel in partnership with hydraulic press manufacturer, Macrodyne Technologies Inc., and with the support of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada. With facilities in Etobicoke and Kingston, ON, Conrex Steel specializes in … Read More

Canerector welcomes new Vice President of Finance

November 15, 2021

Canerector is pleased to introduce Kevin Stinson, Vice President of Finance at Canerector. Kevin is an experienced finance executive with international corporate, financial, and operational accounting experience. He started his career as an auditor with Doane Raymond / Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants, before joining Nexans Canada Inc. for the next 27 years. Nexans, headquartered in … Read More

DB Piping Group Plant in Brockville Celebrates 50 Years

November 9, 2021

Douglas Barwick (DB) Piping Group celebrated their 50th anniversary this year, and also honoured employee John Jonkman’s 50 years of service. Their longest serving employee, plant manager Jonkman joined Douglas Barwick’s predecessor company when he was still in his late teens. To mark this significant milestone for the company, Jonkman helped unveil a 50-year plaque … Read More

Canerector Launches New Website

October 5, 2021

As Canerector approaches its 75th anniversary in 2022, we thought it was time for a refresh! Our team is proud to announce the launch of our new website. We have spent many hours focusing on tailoring our website to bring you the latest information and news about Canerector and our businesses. Our new website provides … Read More

The History and Evolution of Canerector’s Logo

October 4, 2021

In 2022, Canerector will celebrate its 75th anniversary. To honour our heritage, we felt it was an appropriate time to refresh our logo. To understand how our logo evolved to where it is today, we must first look back to its origins. Rooted in historical significance, the logo’s evolution is one that has a unique … Read More

Dixon Hard Chrome Appoints New President

September 13, 2021

Canerector is pleased to introduce Francisco Capacho, President of Dixon Hard Chrome.    Francisco brings over 15 years of experience building and leading electroplating companies in Latin America and Canada. His expertise in metal finishing, plating, coatings, quality systems and wastewater treatment will be essential to Dixon Hard Chrome and the various services they offer … Read More

Mitchell Aerospace Welcomes New President

June 29, 2021

We are pleased to introduce Guillermo Alonso, President of Mitchell Aerospace. Guillermo brings over 30 years of experience within the aerospace manufacturing industry, specializing in client diversification and growth. He especially demonstrated his abilities upon taking over the management at Alta Precision, a family business founded in 1979. Guillermo was instrumental in building a solid … Read More

Keddco Appoints New President

June 8, 2021

We are pleased to introduce Ron Pitre, President of Keddco Manufacturing Inc. Ron has over 20 years of experience within the distribution and manufacturing industries. He has held multiple senior roles and, most recently, was the Vice President of Global Sales at Hi-Kalibre Equipment based in Edmonton. Ron has a proven track record of developing and … Read More

Canerector welcomes new Vice President, DFMZ announces new President

May 20, 2021

We are pleased to announce that Dominic Côté has joined the Canerector team as Vice President. During his time as President and General Manager of Design Filtration Microzone (DFMZ), Dominic led the successful development of the DFMZ team, consolidated the team into one location from two, and built a comprehensive growth strategy. The insight and … Read More

John Beingessner, President of Aberfoyle Metal Treaters, Announces His Retirement

April 27, 2021

On June 30, 2021, John Beingessner retired from his position of President at the Aberfoyle Metal Treaters.  John started his career working through various roles in his family’s multi-generational heat treating business – B&W Heat Treating, before taking on the part of President and General Manager. His expertise in all facets of the business has been … Read More

TJ Machine Welcomes David Denton, new General Manager

April 20, 2021

We are pleased to welcome David Denton as the President & General Manager for TJ Machine & Tool Ltd. David brings with him experience in driving sales growth and leadership at machine shops serving the automotive, electronics, defense and heavy equipment industrial industries. He has held a number of leadership roles including Chief Operating Officer … Read More

Tex-Fab Announces Merger

February 24, 2021

Tex-Fab is pleased to announce their recent merger with complimentary sister company, Brumley Manufacturing. Both of these companies have a long history as key players in the oil and gas industry. By bringing them together under a Tex-Fab umbrella, we are able to provide a more holistic solution to meet our clients’ needs. The move … Read More

Highland Foundry Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Two Safety Awards

June 18, 2020

A big congratulations to the team at Highland Foundry Limited! Not only are they celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, but they also won two safety awards from the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC: The Sapphire Safety Pinnacle Award The JHSC (Joint Health and Safety Committee) Excellence Award Founded in 1970, the team produces highly … Read More

Canerector Acquires Quality Fabrication Inc.

February 13, 2020

On January 13, 2020, we acquired Quality Fabrication Inc., a precision sheet metal fabrication and machining business located in Los Angeles, California. QFI operates out of a 50,000 sq ft building and performs laser cutting, punching, bending, machining, welding, grinding and assembly operations, in addition to having a full in-house paint and silk-screening shop. The … Read More

Monett Metals Contributes to September 11th Memorial

January 13, 2020

The Monett Metals’ team had a rare opportunity when they were approached by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to support creation of a memorial for 9/11 first responders, survivors and members of the Manhattan community. Years after the 9/11 attacks, tens of thousands of people continue to struggle with medical conditions or have died due … Read More