Major Activities

The major activities of the company are:

  • Designing and Manufacturing Bulk Material Handling Equipment and Systems

  • Designing and Manufacturing Complete Forestry Debarking Systems

  • Designing and Manufacturing Specialty Products

  • Custom Design, Fabrication, Machining and Repairs

  • Designing and Manufacturing Steel Bearing Housings

  • Bearing Inspection and Repairs


Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. (IEM) is a leading global supplier of bulk material handling equipment.

IEM evolved from Industrial Equipment Co. Ltd (IECO) and continues to be respected for its engineering, manufacturing, bearing inspection/repair, machining and fabrication operations. IEM services industries such as: mining, forestry, and pulp and paper industries.

At IEM we work closely with our clients and offer comprehensive technical services to provide practical solutions for the most demanding situations. We recognise that most clients and their staff have a great understanding of the big picture. We understand that we are here to provide our "detailed knowledge" and years of collective experience.

Our clients receive complete technical support, responsive personalized service and the benefit of our five decades of experience.


At IEM we're always on the lookout for talented engineering, design, project management and fabrication staff. We offer a supportive work environment, challenging projects and competitive compensation.

If you would like to apply for a position that is not currently listed, please send your resume to and we'll keep your resume on file.

Management Team

In 2003, John Hards and Joe Wurz purchased the Machinery Design and Manufacturing Division of IECO and the name was changed to "Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Limited." (IEM)

More recently, shares have been sold to many employees and the company is now becoming regarded as "Employee Owned".

Background & Experience:

  • John Hards, President

John Hards has over 40 years experience in the manufacturing sector, as a Sawmill Manager for a large Forest Products Company and as a Project Manager for many major Mill Improvement Projects including construction of a "fully optimized" Greenfield Sawmill located in Northern Ireland. John Hards is the Inventor of the patented "Durand Raute Rotary Veneer Clipper" which is used in nearly all Softwood Plywood and Veneer mills in North America, plus many mills worldwide. Hards was awarded the 1989 Manning Innovation Award for this invention, as it enabled more efficient production of veneer and plywood.

  • Joe Wurz - VP Finance

Joe Wurz is IEM’s VP Finance, with over 30 years experience in senior management positions in large brokerage, industrial, manufacturing and forestry companies. Joe has also been a business consultant to many small companies.

Other members of the senior management team include:

  • John Williamson, P.Eng - Chief Engineer

  • Jordan Macdonald, Controller