BRANTFORD, Ont. – Although hosting an open house gave Paul Vandenberg an opportunity to socialize with customers and suppliers, it also afforded him the opportunity to do one of the things he really loves: barbequing a 200lb. pig on his custom designed and built BBQ.
The owner, founder and president of Trison Tarps Inc. typically gets the pork grilling for charity events or church get-togethers, but today’s cooking was done in celebration of his company’s new facility. The Brantford, Ontario-based manufacturer moved into its new 48,000sqf. building a few weeks ago but today was the day everybody was invited in for a look.
Built on 14 acres, the new location has a 2,500sqf. showroom, 10,000sqf. devoted to tarp manufacturing, a tarp repair area, space to produce aluminum products and accessories such as storage boxes, and seven drive-through bays where trailers can be brought in and worked upon. In comparison, the company’s previous building totalled 17,000sqf. (and that was after two expansions) and was situated on two acres.
Despite the amount of time and effort spent on making the project happen—it took two years to purchase the land, apply for permits, hire the contractor, design the facility, and complete the construction—Vandenberg said he never expected to be where he is today.
“I didn’t have a plan to do this. I take everything one day at a time,” he told Truck News.
See below for a photo gallery from today’s opening.
Paul Vandenberg works the barbeque and serves pork to open house guests
Paul Vandenberg founder of Trison Tarps
Paul’s wife Eve cutting the cake she baked
Inside the tarp manufacturing facility
Feeding a tarp into the grommet machine
Adding the grommets
Sewing the tarps
More sewing action
Preparing the trailer tarp for lettering
Working on the stencils
Removing the backing to reveal the sticky side
Applying the stencil
Peeling back the top coating
The paint needs to go on evenly
Applying paint to the stencil
The painting gets done by hand
An on-looker inspects the results
The finished product
A few of the drive-through doors
Inside the showroom
Paul Vandenberg (2nd from the right) and his three sons (hence the Trison name) Brad, Matt, Doug (from left to right)
Suppliers and customers congratulated Trison on the opening