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Western Manufacturing Ltd. / Projected 2012 revenue: $60 million / Headquarters: Grande Prairie, Alberta / Employees: 30-40 / Specialty: Tank fabrication for API 650, API 12F, frac tanks and custom fabrication / Lonny Thiessen, owner: “Most everything we build is engineered to order.” western manufacturing has grown from a $1,000 investment into a leading canadian manufacturer. Filling the Tank western manufacturing is a go-to tank and equipment maker. by eric slack and russ gager There can be no denying the pioneering spirit that has turned Western Manufacturing Ltd. into a Canadian success story. Owner Lonny Thiessen started the company as Westfab in 2008 with a $1,000 investment. Already, the company has expanded to two locations and roughly 36 employees. “We started pulling some work in, and it is common in our business for the customer to pay a deposit upfront,” Thiessen says. “We were careful with cash flow and never got more capital than that initial $1,000, other than deposits. Today, we’re a company with no borrowed money.” From that initial investment in 2008, the company generated $30,000 on a small project in 2009, $5.8 million in 2010 and $32 million in 2011. Western Manufacturing is on target to hit $60 million in 2012. Its products are sold throughout Canada. Although the company hasn’t done a lot of work outside of the country, it is moving toward that goal. Already, the company has sold several projects into the overseas market. Extensive Offerings One of the company’s strengths is its ability to provide complete service. A steel tank and oilfield equipment manufacturer, Western Manufacturing specializes in API 650 and API 12-F tanks, custom fabrication and frac tanks. Located in Alberta, the company has a 55,000-square-foot fabrication, sandblasting and painting facility in Grande Prairie and a 25,000-squarefoot shop located in Hythe, about a 30minute drive from Grande Prairie. Western Manufacturing’s capabilities include drafting, engineering, design, sandblasting, painting and delivery of final products. In addition, the Grande Prairie facility has a plural coating applicator for spraying singlecoat tank linings and a 40-foot overhead crane that allows it to build up to 3,000-barrel shop-built tanks. The company’s custom fabrication services are used by an array of clients, including business owners, oil company purchasers and engineering companies. Its specialties include manufacturing round storage tanks, drilling and renting service equipment. WINTER 2012 125

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012