MAXIMETAL is expanding its operations by adding 10,000 square-feet of space to meet surging demand for its products. The Canadian manufacturer of fire apparatus and utility trucks will move a portion of its operations to a second 10,000 square-foot facility just around the corner from the 35,000 square-foot main plant and they expect to increase the workforce over the coming months by 10-15%.
“Expansion has been in the mid-term plans for a while now based on increasing demand for our fire apparatus. With a recent significant increase in demand for our utility trucks it became clear that the time to execute was now,” said MAXIMETAL’s director of business development, Christopher Sapienza.
With a relationship spanning almost four decades, Hydro-Quebec has recently put more than 50 utility trucks on order with MAXIMETAL, to be produced over the next year.
“We trace our company’s history back to our very first contract with Hydro-Quebec in 1983. We’re very proud to continue this historic relationship and we appreciate Hydro’s recognition of our quality and professionalism,” said Danny Dufour, the company’s president.
MAXIMETAL is also a key partner to The Lion Electric Co. in developing an all-electric, medium-duty Class 6 utility truck that will come to the market in 2021/2022.
Meanwhile, dealer demand has been increasing across Canada and the USA for the company’s fire division products. Maxi has been a strategic partner to Appleton, Wis.-based Pierce Manufacturing since 2016, collaborating on the MaxiSaber and Contender-by-MAXIMETAL product lines for distribution throughout Pierce’s network.
“On behalf of Pierce Manufacturing, I commend MAXIMETAL for making the ongoing commitment to the fire service with this facility expansion,” said Mike DuFrane, vice president of sales and marketing at Pierce Manufacturing. “As a highly regarded fire apparatus provider, MAXIMETAL’s expansion will provide valuable resources and support the critical work of those in the fire service. “
The new facilities will come online this fall and should be fully functional by January of 2021.