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by Myron Love

Manitoba Hydro's planned Bipole III megaproject provided the incentive for Manitoba structural steel fabricator, Sperling Industries Ltd., to embark earlier this year on a $10 million expansion.
Manitoba manufacturer expands for hydro work

Manitoba Hydro's planned Bipole III megaproject provided the incentive for Manitoba structural steel fabricator, Sperling Industries Ltd., to embark earlier this year on a $10 million expansion.

The project has added 36,000 square feet to the company’s manufacturing capacity.

“Manitoba lacked the capacity to produce the quantity of steel the Bipole III will require,” said Jeff Nicolajsen, co-owner of the company that is located about 50 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.

“With our expansion, our production capacity is enhanced considerably. We feel that as much of Bipole III’s work as possible should be done in Manitoba.”

Work began on the expansion last spring and was essentially completed by Dec. 1.

“We did the work ourselves,” he said.

“It was quite a challenge putting up the addition, while keeping up with our regular work.”

The company’s new CNC structural steel fabrication centre has some of the most state of the art technology for structural fabrication.

The company spent much of December installing and commissioning the new equipment.

This work included the commissioning of a CNC saw, drill and coping lines with capacities for processing structural shapes ranging from 3” to 44” width; driven roller transfer modules which move shapes quietly and efficiently while maintaining speed and accuracy throughout the processing stages; and a high speed plate processing centre which incorporates various technologies into a compact, efficient one-pass machine process.

“The technologies include high speed drilling, tapping,marking, countersinking, oxyfuel and plasma cutting on materials up to 3 “ thick,” Nicolajsen said.

“Our bar and angle fabrication centre will process flat and angle stock up to 6” x 6” x 5/8” angle and 6” width bar stock.”

Sperling Industries opened for business in 1978.

The company employed 120 workers prior to the expansion and Nicolajsen is estimating that 30 workers will soon be added to the staff.

Much of the company’s current work is for food processing operations.

“We are open for any  tower / structural  fabrication work,” Nicolajsen said.

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