St-Georges, Quebec,September 23rd, 2020 – Canadian manufacturer of fire apparatus and utility trucks, MAXIMETAL, is expanding its operations by adding 10,000 ft² of space to meet surging demand for its products.
MAXIMETAL will move a portion of its operations to a second facility just around the corner from the 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 4 decades, Hydro-Quebec has recently put over 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.
It should be noted that MAXIMETAL is also a key partner to The Lion Electric Co. in developing an all-electric Class 6 utility truck that will come to the market in 2021/2022. “The design and manufacture of optimized intervention vehicles is our specialty, and we will enthusiastically apply our expertise to the development of all-electric mobile workshop trucks,” said Danny.
Meanwhile, dealer demand has been increasing across Canada and the USA for the fire division’s products. Maxi has been a strategic partner to Appleton, Wisconsin-based Pierce Manufacturing since 2016, collaborating on the MaxiSaber and Contender-by-MAXIMETAL product lines for distribution throughout Pierce’s network.
Driven by early success in the Canadian Maritimes and with the award of a 35-truck order by the City of Montreal in 2017, demand for the MaxiSaber product line in particular has continued to grow. Most recently Chatham-Kent, Quebec City and Gatineau have also placed multi-unit and multi-year orders for the product.
“The Pierce dealer network’s strength in their respective territories has brought many new customers to the table for both Maxi and Pierce products,” said Christopher. “We’re thankful for the exceptional work the Pierce dealer teams have done to support customers and bring our trucks to new markets like British Columbia, Ontario, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Michigan.”
“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.
Founded in 1983, MAXIMETAL, INC. is based in Saint-Georges just an hour south of Quebec City. MAXIMETAL is a dynamic, innovative Canadian company with 35 years of experience designing and manufacturing optimized intervention vehicles. Our core specialty lies in two product families: MAXI Fire trucks and MAXI Utility trucks. The company holds ISO9001:2008 certification and is dedicated to providing fire departments and utility customers with quality built, custom-outfitted apparatus engineered to the highest standards. To learn more about MAXIMETAL, visit www.maximetal.com
Christopher Sapienza, Director, Business Development
(418) 228-6294 ext. 249
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