Bucket Shop moves into 65,000-square-foot home
Timmins bucket manufacturer is on a roll
The Bucket Shop, a Timmins-based manufacturer of buckets for excavators and underground loaders, is preparing to move into a 65,000-square-foot state-of–the art facility.
The $12 million investment features a 70-tonne overhead crane, cutting edge technology for ventilation, fume extraction, cutting and bending, as well as battery-powered internal transfer carts on embedded rails to assist with material flow.
“We bumped back the date of the move a few times because we’re so busy in our existing building,” said Bucket Shop vice-president Paul Woodward.
The company has 109 employees and is actively recruiting estimators, millwrights and welders to meet customer demand.
Historically focused on the Timmins market, the Bucket Shop has been aggressively pursuing business across Canada, the U.S. and internationally, noted Woodward.
“We currently have buckets in Alaska, the Yukon, Mexico, Peru and Africa. We just hired a sales rep for the Sudbury territory and recently delivered a second bucket to a customer in northwestern Ontario.”
Bucket Shop personnel also attended the 32nd annual Elko Mining Expo in Nevada June 8 and 9, where “we were well received and see nothing but potential,” said Woodward.
“We wouldn’t be moving into a 65,000-square-foot facility in the middle of a questionable economy if we didn’t feel positive about things. Gold continues to hold its position, a strong U.S. dollar helps us, exploration is up and new mines are coming online.”
The company attributes much of its success to its new line of high performance lip systems and heel shrouds that extend wear life three to four times, said Woodward.
“In order to be successful in business, you have to separate yourself from the competition. You have to have a marketable product, you need to deliver value and the pricing has to be right. We meet all these criteria.
“If you’re not moving forward, somebody’s passing you by, so we work toward continuous improvement every day.”
The Bucket Shop won the President’s Award at the 2017 Timmins Chamber of Commerce NOVA Awards in May in recognition of its contribution to the city’s economy.