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Trison Tarps fires up the smoker to celebrate a decade in business


BRANTFORD, Ont. — Almost a year to the day after Trison Tarps celebrated moving into its large, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, the company once again invited back guests for some of Trison president Paul Vandenberg’s specialty: pulled pork, straight off the smoker.

The 217-lb pig had been smoking since 4 a.m. when guests started arriving this morning at 11 a.m. The occasion this year was to celebrate 10 years in business, and more than 300 customers and industry friends were expected to file through by 3 p.m.

Trison Tarps founder Paul Vandenberg gives the thumbs up after carving into the roasted pig.

Trison Tarps founder Paul Vandenberg gives the thumbs up after carving into the roasted pig.

“Last year, we celebrated our move into the new facility,” Vandenberg told Trucknews.com. “This year we’re celebrating 10 years in business; it has nothing to do with this facility. Ten years in business is something to celebrate.”

It’s also a good excuse to roll out the custom-made smoker that was designed by Vandenberg’s son Doug. He has three sons – Brad, Matt and Doug – and they inspired the company name: Trison Tarps. Each of them work in the business today, along with about 30 employees in total.

Trison manufactures its own tarps on-site. It also offers accessories and recently broadened its portfolio with the purchase of Rock Hard Liners.

“We’ve started installing liners in dump bodies to complement our business,” Vandenberg said.

The new facility is 48,000 sq.-ft. and features a 2,500 sq.-ft. showroom and 10,000 sq.-ft. tarp manufacturing area. More than a year after moving in, Vandenberg said the transition has been smooth.

A cupcake cake recognized Trison's 10 years in business. (Photo by Hazel Menzies)

A cupcake cake recognized Trison’s 10 years in business. (Photo by Hazel Menzies)

“We have the business rolling quite smoothly here now and it’s working quite a bit better than at the old facility,” he said. “It’s been rewarding and challenging at the same time. The amount of space we have is more efficient but we haven’t hired too many extra people yet. We’re still looking for good people and it’s difficult to find people who want to work with their hands.”

Today, it was Vandenberg’s smoked pork that was the main attraction, which should come as no surprise. In addition to carving it up for customers and industry friends, Vandenberg puts the custom smoker to work for numerous good causes. He has cooked for more than 800 people at one church function, raising thousands of dollars for a local charity. It took four pigs to feed that many mouths.


James Menzies

James Menzies

James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.
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