October 14, 2009
by Corinne Lynds, Senior Editor
As the world moves out of the recession, Nederman Canada is strategically positioning itself for growth.
The global supplier of products and systems to safeguard people from harmful particles, fibres, dust, gas, smoke, oil and mist, celebrated the grand opening of an expanded North American assembly facility in Mississauga, Ont. on Sept. 2.
“This expansion turned out to be the perfect timing for us,” says Joseph Collins, general manager at the new Mississauga location. “While our competitors are closing their doors and can’t deliver for 14 weeks, we opened a new facility and can now deliver twice as many pieces, twice as fast as we could just two or three months ago.”
It’s also the central assembly and warehousing operation for all of North America. Over the past two years Nederman has doubled the number of products assembled or sourced in Canada. The 46,000-square-foot plant, offers nearly twice the warehouse and assembly space of the previous Mississauga facility, and allows for additional expansion.
Collins explains it’s actually bringing together two separate organizations. Nederman North American Logistics (NAL), a support company that deals with assembly and warehousing of products; and the Canadian sales office. NAL employs roughly seven or eight people, while the sales division has a team of 26, and will hire more district sales managers in the field over the next 12 months.
“We’re almost triple the capacity…let me put it this way,” says Collins. “We were able to produce roughly 5% to 10% of Nederman’s products at our previous Mississauga location. With this new assembly hall we have the ability to take on roughly 40% to 45% of our major component line, and that’s expanding every month.”
Nederman, founded in 1944, has grown from a small metal workshop into a global organization with its own sales companies and distributors in more than 50 countries. Today it’s the leading supplier of products and systems for extracting dust, smoke and exhaust fumes. It supplies products to a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, automotive and emergency vehicles.