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Big Job For JEBCO
An Innisfil manufacturer has grown to service the global market in the production of ground-breaking mining equipment
Ernie Murray started JEBCO Industries in 1979 with a 20,000-square foot plant, and now, with a 100,000-square foot plant, they manufacture equipment for companies all over the world, including the first-ever 31 millimetre bolted thickener.

"If we've done our job properly it will go together like a lego set," said John Mooradian, vice-president of operations.

The structure, tank, bridge and operating mechanism make up four separate parts, and when put together, it will be used in a floatation process for removing undesired minerals in mining.

The thickener took a year and half to build, and contains 40,000 bolt holes. When fully constructed, it will weight 357,000 pounds.

Yesterday, the lower tank portions where shipped on five specially permitted wide-load trucks, and escorted by two OPP cruisers to the Quebec border.

"It left today to Bloom Lake northern Quebec for the purpose of mining iron ore," Mooradian said. "Our customer designed the the product and we added the manufacturing portion."

For transportation purposes, the company and the police had to organize a safe route based on a combination of weight, width and traffic to provide the smallest percentage of error, and reduce the risk of accidents.

The company's determination to growth is based on the foundation of employing locally and contributing back to the local economy.

"We employ trades, managers and executives all from the local area," Mooradian said. "We like to contribute to the local economy and community in a positive manner."

Lance Holdforth is the Examiner's intern from Humber College