SMS Equipment celebrates fifteen years of serving the Canadian heavy equipment industry
Fifteen years ago, in 2008, three Canadian heavy equipment companies joined forces to bring multiple industry segments together under one roof. SMS Equipment was born out of a vision to serve customers more efficiently and effectively, coast to coast.
Now, celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, SMS Equipment is one of Canada's top heavy equipment dealers, and the largest independent Komatsu dealer globally.
"We're extremely proud of the entrepreneurial mindset and customer-first philosophy that has driven our company's growth for the past fifteen years," says SMS Equipment President and CEO Robin Heard. "While our name is still relatively new on the industry landscape, we draw from a rich history of heavy equipment expertise that fuels our passion for innovation."
Formed by the merger of three companies - Federal Equipment, Coneco Equipment, and Transwest Mining Systems - SMS Equipment combined 120 years in the business to become a one-stop supplier of equipment and support services for mining, construction, roadbuilding, and forestry operations. Steady growth has seen the company expand across Canada and into Alaska, and today more than 2,600 employees provide sales and service - and Komatsu-certified remanufacturing - at 42 locations stretching from Anchorage, Alaska, to Paradise, Newfoundland.
Heard says that recognizing the past for SMS Equipment also brings focus on the future.
"Innovations like intelligent machine control, autonomous equipment, and tele-remote operations are just the start of how we're helping our customers improve their productivity and gain a competitive edge," he says. "As our customers' needs evolve in areas like efficiency, safety, human resources, and decarbonization, our people are there, pushing the boundaries of technology to find great solutions."
Anniversary celebrations have brought together customers, employees, and branches to mark the occasion. An outdoor festival at the SMS Equipment headquarters in Acheson, Alberta, featured Canadian country music artist Brett Kissel, and customers and employees attended additional VIP concert experiences along Kissel's Canadian tour. SMS Equipment branches also accessed special anniversary funding to create memorable experiences within their local communities.