Jade Equipment Opens New Facility in Central Ontario


Just two years after opening in Mississauga, Ontario, Jade Equipment Company Ltd., is expanding its operations to a new facility on the outskirts of the City of Orillia. With rapid growth and space constraints at its 180 m2 Mississauga facility, Jade has been looking for opportunities to expand its Ontario footprint. The company already had its eye on locations north of the Toronto region as a move towards a more central service hub for customers when Ric Ross, Jade’s vice president and general manager, spotted the property at the Forest Home Industrial Park.

Known as “Canada’s Grader People”, Jade Equipment Company Ltd. serves a niche market supplying new, rebuilt and used parts for Champion and Volvo motor graders internationally, along with sales and rental of used road machinery. Jade will soon offer maintenance and repair services to Ontario’s grader fleets as well. “Because of space constraints, we couldn’t do that in Mississauga, but we’ve always had service bays at our original location in Edmonton,” says Mr. Ross.

With a 1,200 m2 building on 1.13 ha fenced lot, Jade’s new Ontario base features office space, four over-sized service bays, a component rebuild area and detailing center and a large secure paved yard. “It has everything we need for this type of business,” said Ric Ross. “It’s clean, it’s very big, it has the right-sized doors – it has just about everything we had on our wish list.” Ross notes that the new premises will also provide room for future growth, including rentals of additional equipment such as wheel loaders and backhoes.

Jade Equipment was incorporated in 1988 in Edson, Alberta by oilfield contractor John Dolanz. The business relocated to Edmonton after he passed it on to his daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Steve McCoy. Ric Ross began working with the McCoys in 2010, following many years in the Champion and Volvo grader business with its sales affiliate, Champion Motor Grader Sales Ltd. In 2010, the firm opened its first Ontario facility, with Mr. Ross managing regional operations.

Ric Ross, who hails from nearby Barrie, Ontario, notes that the new Central Ontario location offers more advantages to Jade’s business. “Geographically, we’re right on one of Ontario’s major north-south highways (Highway 11) and an important east-west highway (Highway 12),” he explains. “We still have great access to customers in Toronto and the southwest area, but we’re much more accessible for northern customers and it offers a stable workforce.”

Source: Jade Equipment Company Ltd.

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