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Maximetal adding 10,000 sq. ft. to increase capacity

September 25, 2020
By CFF Staff

Sept. 25, 2020, Canada – Canadian manufacturer of fire apparatus and utility trucks, Maximetal, is expanding its operations by adding 10,000 sq. ft. 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 per cent.

“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 over 50 utility trucks on order with Maximetal, to be produced over the next year.

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Dealer demand has been increasing across Canada and the United States 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.

“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.