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I spy with my little eye...
A Richards-Wilcox Bi-Fold Door! Ideal for buildings where interior visibility is key.
This door was custom powder-painted to match the existing blue building. At 24'2" wide by 13' high, this Polytite Door has tremendous curb appeal.

Specifically, it includes a Hi-Lift track, full weather seal, new operator and photo eye sensors with a 100,000 cycle spring. Need we say more? For interior visibility and curb appeal, trust quality made, local doors by Richards-Wilcox.


We need your help!
From December 1st-15th, we will be collecting food and toys for families in need this holiday season. In partnership with the City of Mississauga, all donations will be brought to the Civic Centre - Great Hall on December 16th.

The Salvation Army's Christmas Assistance Program will then distribute the goods to those in need. Last year, over 1,000 Mississauga families, including more than 2,000 children received assistance with food, clothing and toys. With your help, even more families will experience the gift of kindness and true community spirit this year.

All non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated; anything from soups to pastas. Gifts are asked to be new and unwrapped. As we are accepting gifts of all kinds, we kindly ask that you keep teenagers in mind as gifts for small children are typically received the most. Here are some suggestions for gift ideas: Ages 8+ Books, card games, board & electronic games, puzzles, sports equipment, journal sets, …


Once, twice, three strikes, you're out!
In too many instances, this dump truck wash bay in Hamilton was experiencing damages to the door header. How? Driver's forgot that they're truck boxes were left open and proceeded to enter the bay. Even this big orange sign wasn't doing the trick...

The solution was to install a Clatter Bar unit on both sides of the building. What's a Clatter Bar? Put simply, it acts as a visual and audible solution for height-restricted areas. When a truck box is left open and the driver proceeds through the unit, the 12 inch pipes will collide, clinging together, prompting the driver to stop. Not to worry, the sound is more than loud enough to hear over a dump truck.
The unit itself is 16 feet high by 22 feet wide. However, the key here is that the pipes are at 14 feet, just below the door level. From this point on, there should be no issues with drivers going straight into the building with their boxes up. Just driving up to this big yellow u…


What's worse than getting bugs into a Food & Drug facility?
Not much at all! In this case, a Bug Blocker Door was installed to ensure bugs, dust or debris are kept out of the facility during busy delivery times. Typically, you'll see blue bug doors that can be installed in front or behind regular warehouse shipping doors.
As mentioned, these are a great addition to any facility that experiences high delivery times. Sectional doors can be kept open and the wear from constantly opening and closing the doors is drastically reduced by using the Bug Blocker Doors in their place.
Why use these instead of regular Bug Doors? They're Food & Drug-approved and installed in front of the door opening. This unit is also complete with brush weatherstripping to help further keep out insects. Whether you have a big or small facility, Bug Doors are ideal sectional door add-on's. Ventilate your warehouse space, decrease the wear and tear on your doors especially during busy delivery …


Accommodating your building to suit a growing business What do you do when you only have one shipping door? Cut another hole in the wall of course! That's exactly what we had to do for our client to increase their productivity, efficiency and overall functionality.

Below, you can see an open space for an additional loading dock door on the left (we handle these tasks more often than you'd think). On the right, you see a typical drive-up ramp to a 12' x 16' loading dock door. Although in good condition, this isn't the ideal situation for mid-sized to large transport trucks loading/unloading shipments. 

Aside from adding in another door, our next solution was to install Cantilever Dock Levelers that extend outside the building wall, helping to prevent structure damage (especially until dock seals go in around the doors). As you can see below, after a pit was dug, the leveler was placed in position, ready for concrete to be poured to secure the unit.

The ramp also had to …


Conventional Dock Levelers are installed inside the building into a pit like the picture of the blue leveler to the left. An opening is cut and once the leveler is placed inside, concrete is poured around the unit to secure it.

Below, we have an example of an Edge of Dock Replacement in Toronto. These are typically installed on the exterior of a building for loading dock areas with limited space.

Edge of Dock Levelers are quick and easy to operate. After loading/unloading is complete and the truck has backed away, the leveler actually returns back to it's stored position. Important elements of any dock leveler include dock bumpers and in this case, block risers to align the bumpers with the leveler. These are the black rectangles with 2 holes on either side of the leveler, used to protect the building structure from truck impacts.
Interested in a product like this for your facility? Be sure to let a representative know what load capacities you typically receive too as this is crucial…


Was your gate installed with UL325 Safety Compliance?

Our main priority during gate maintenance or installation is safety; plain and simple. UL325 is a set of safety regulations put into effect January 2016 in hopes of decreasing the amount of injuries and fatalities due to operated gate systems. With incidents having been reported since the 1970's, it's about time set safety measures came into effect. Whether you have an existing gate that's needs to be updated or you're thinking of having one installed, we want to help you get it done correctly. 

3 out of 4 gates and operators lack or need replacements of necessary safety features. However, with suppliers like LiftMaster and HySecurity, safety and security are made easy with quality products, built to last. Let's start with the basics of any gate. You'll need 2 independent safety devices at each entrapment zone. These are the areas in which someone can be injured if near the gate during operation (ref. gray are…


Secured Facility - Cantilever Gates Haldimand County, Ontario

Our recent project was to provide a solution to secure this site conveniently. Since it was a closed facility and no longer in use, security was key to prevent public access. However, truck drivers had to stop at the gates, get out of their truck and unlock the gate for access to the facility. When they were finished, the drivers would then have to stop on the way out and lock the gates.

Issue: Since the drivers didn't close the gates right after entering the site, it was left unsecured while they were inside working. Occasionally, the drivers would forget to stop and close the gates and Even when they did close the gate, they were left to wrestle with large, heavy gates just to shut them. 
Solution: A radio-controlled Automated Sliding Cantilever Gatewas installed where the drivers could open the gate via transmitter.
If the driver doesn't close the gate right after entering, it will close automatically after about a mi…


This installation required a hi-lift to provide enough space for dump trucks to unload inside the facility. We supplied and installed sixteen (16) sectional doors using counterweight-balanced hardware. 13 with NEMA 4 operators and 4X control panels.
Two doors were 20' x 20' with 14 ft. hi-lift and high-cycles. Auxiliary head shafts were also required to spring for hi-lift. Two other doors were 20' x 30' with 20ft. high cycles.

Do you have large doors similar to these? Do you use them often or only a couple times a day? Let us know how they're working for your facility. We'd love to hear from you!


Recently, we installed Foam Frame Shelters in a Mississauga warehouse loading dock that was in an open area where high winds and debris are common. Aside from it's location, our client needed a solution that would accommodate 5 tonne and regular transport trucks.

Why install Foam Frame Shelters as opposed to regular Dock Seals? The trailer is able to pass through the side and top curtains, allowing full access during loading and unloading. For this particular installation, we needed to seal the gap between the shelter and the wall to prevent rain, wind or any debris from coming through due to the ridges on the building.

Think of how much more dry and warm the loading dock area will be especially in the winter; both for the driver and the warehouse staff. Even the products will be safe from any water damage.

What if the truck driver backs in off-centre, impacting the dock seals? These vertical pads can resist damage and return to their original form. Pretty neat, right? Another great …


We all know warehouses can get a bit messy during everyday tasks especially during shipping and receiving. That doesn't mean it can't get back to being spick & span! Keeping your warehouse clutter-free will increase day-to-day functionality and increase safety by reducing tripping hazards and improve the well-being of your staff.
Who doesn't like a clean work space, right?
Make your warehouse a better place by regularly doing the following:

Educate staff on spill clean-up
Our top tip is to ensure your workers are trained in cleaning hazardous material spills. Aside from cleaning them properly, floors are to be kept free of clutter and all containers to be closed securely after use.
Dirt & dust sweep  Whether you keep your doors closed or have screen doors to reduce dust, you'll always have a bit of dirt lying around your warehouse floors. Always keep mops and push brooms accessible wherever necessary. Whether from someone's shoes or some old boxes, a little swe…


Safety always comes first! 
It's important to realize that accidents happen no matter what type of facility you're in or the type of equipment you use. However, we're here to help ensure that risk is minimized.

Loading Dock Hazards
Facility equipment in poor working order can pose a safety risk and must be fixed before it becomes a larger issue. Recognize the following:
-uneven surfaces
-inadequate lighting
-lack of safe working procedures
-congestion and traffic
-hazards associated with lifting devices, trucks, rolling conveyors, doors and other moving equipment and parts.

Along with regular inspections by warehouse staff, it's important to have a professional Planned Maintenance Service completed to comply with insurance regulations and ensure utmost safety.

Controlling Hazards
Each dock installation must be carefully designed to avoid hazards whenever possible. 
-allow safe entry and exit of vehicles.
-safe routes must be marked around loading dock areas for pedestrian traffic.