October 14

Surrey BC - IEM to Supply Side Discharge Rotary Debarker for Canfor’s PG Chip Plant Upgrade

IEM is pleased to announce we have been selected by Canfor Pulp to supply a new IEM side discharge rotary debarker for their PG Chip Plant upgrade. IEM rotary debarking technology improves debarking performance in all seasons while reducing white wood losses and lowering maintenance costs and related downtime.

August 25

Kelowna, BC – IEM and Red Leaf Pulp Sign Exclusive Teaming Agreement for New Pulp Technology

IEM has signed a long-term exclusive agreement with Red Leaf Pulp to design and build raw material handling and preparation equipment for Red Leaf Pulp’s sustainable and proprietary straw pulping technology. Red Leaf’s initial plant will be built in Regina Saskatchewan and is scheduled to start production in 2023 utilizing wheat straw collected from local producers. The plant design has been jointly developed to optimize IEM’s adjustable pyramid roll screening technology with additional equipment designed specifically for this application...Read More

About Red Leaf Pulp Ltd.

Red Leaf Pulp is developing the first non-wood pulp mill in Canada, producing a unique unbleached product demanded by the USD$350 Billion paper and packaging market. Red Leaf was established in 2019 by Darby Kreitz, the founder of Allnorth Consultants, a 500-person engineering firm with offices across Canada and in Atlanta, GA. Allnorth has significant experience in the design and commissioning of non-wood pulp mills in the United States and Europe, in addition to 26 years providing engineering services to the conventional wood pulp and paper industry. Visit page.

About Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. (IEM)

IEM has been designing and building bulk material handling equipment for mining, forestry, oil sands, ports, and other major industries since 1953. IEM specializes in solving difficult engineering challenges for the most demanding applications. IEM is employee owned and engineers, fabricates, machines and assembles equipment at their facility in Surrey, British Columbia to ship worldwide.

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August 16

Surrey BC - IEM to Supply World's Largest Side Discharge Rotary Debarker for Mercer Peace River's Fibre Procurement Capital Investment Project

IEM has been chosen as supplier for the debarking system in Mercer Peace River's new whole log chipping plant. The debarker provided will have five rolls plus two recirculating rolls and will process 400 m3/h of Alberta Aspen. IEM is pleased to be part of this environmentally sound and sustainable project. Visit page.

January 12

Two of the latest IEM projects for material handling equipment

Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (IEM) has been chosen as the supplier by a Canadian Fertilizer Company based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the delivery of a belt feeder. IEM will also supply a Ball Charging System for a project in Papua Province, Indonesia. This Ball Charging System consists of two SAG Mill Ball Feeders and a High Lift Conveyor.

December 9

IEM to Supply Underground Conveyors for New Gold’s New Afton Mining Project near Kamloops, BC

Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (IEM) has been chosen as the supplier for over 2.2 km of underground conveyors for the New Afton Mine near Kamloops, BC. We are proud to again have been selected to manufacture equipment for the challenging requirements of the New Afton Mine and appreciate the faith that New Gold has in our people and equipment. IEM has been a supplier of bulk material handling and industrial equipment since 1953 and manufactures out of our 50,000 ft2 facility in Surrey, BC.

July TBD

Industrial Equipment Manufacturing continues its transition to full employee ownership with $3M help from BDC Capital

Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (IEM) of Surrey, B. C. received a three million dollar working capital injection from BDC Capital’s Growth & Transition Capital division before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. It came after the buy out of its retiring president and CEO, John Hards, as part of the company’s ongoing transition to full employee ownership...Read More

IEM was established in 2003 by Hards and partner Joe Wurz, who has now succeeded Hards at the helm. IEM designs and manufactures a broad range of equipment for the handling of bulk materials in mining, forestry, and oil and gas operations, as well as at shipping ports. Examples include conveyers, belt cleaners and debarkers. In recent years, the company has offered employees the opportunity to purchase shares with the long-term vision of becoming completely employee owned.

The bulk of BDC Capital’s financing has served to replenish IEM’s working capital after the stock repurchase, with another portion used to position the company for future growth opportunities. While the pandemic has slowed down projects, the company is still intent in particular on further penetrating the global forestry sector. BDC Capital’s solution takes the form of non-dilutive financing with personalized terms and flexibility measures.

“IEM is pleased to have BDC Capital provide a term loan with reasonable covenants,” says Joe Wurz, President of Industrial Equipment Manufacturing. “The additional capital will allow us to continue expanding our business while absorbing John Hards’ equity position.”

This financing was arranged by Randeep Janjua, Director, Growth & Transition Capital at BDC Capital’s Vancouver office. “IEM’s ability to engineer high-quality equipment for a wide variety of industries, coupled with its operational efficiency which ensures it remains cost competitive, has given it the resilience required to maintain a strong track record through economic cycles,” explains Janjua. “John Hards and Joe Wurz, together with their management team, have established solid foundations that should ensure the continued success of IEM as it moves towards a wholly employee-owned model.”

About Industrial Equipment Manufacturing

Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Ltd. ( website designs and manufactures equipment typically used in mining, forestry and oil sands. In recent years the forestry component related to debarking, log handling and chip processing has grown considerably. Working with engineering consultants and customers, every piece of equipment is custom designed and manufactured in our shops. We have a 50,000-square-foot shop located in Surrey, BC and a 25,000-square-foot shop in Jakarta, Indonesia. Charles (Chuck) Walls has recently joined IEM as Vice President. Chuck has extensive experience in the pulp and paper business as well as in the chemical supply business.

About BDC Capital

BDC Capital is the investment arm of BDC - Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. With more than $3 billion under management, BDC Capital serves as a strategic partner to the country’s most innovative firms. It offers a full spectrum of risk capital, from seed investments to transition capital, supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who wish to scale their businesses into global champions. Visit


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Joanne Lajeunesse - Media Relations
Tel: 1-844-625-8321

Industrial Equipment Manufacturing

Joe Wurz - President
Tel: 1-604-513-5201

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March 25

IEM’s COVID-19 Response Plan

Surrey – Here at IEM we are taking the outbreak of COVID-19 very seriously and although we will continue to operate, please see our response.

IEM COVID-19 Response
June 25

Coal Handling Chain Conveyors

Vancouver - IEM was happy to receive an order from a local customer in Vancouver, BC, who needed an Infeed Chain Conveyor, Surge Bin, and a Reclaim Chain Conveyor.

December 20

Ball Handling System Destined To South America

Peru - Ball Handling System that was shipped, wrapped and packed into 5 containers. We’re confident that the onsite assembly will go smoothly as we always test fit assemblies in our shop before its shipped to its destination.

October 26

Challenging Air Delivery Of An Apron Feeder

Mongolia - Manufactured a massive 2438mm Wide D8 Apron Feeder. It was cut in half for the flight. It had to fit down to a 1km long underground mineshaft. We have the engineering skill and the transportation experience to accommodate our client's most challenging requests.

May 15

Spare Parts Shipped

Eastern USA - We shipped two brand new rotors for a log debarking operation.

February 17

Keeping our faces out there

IEM will attend at the PDAC 17 in Toronto.

December 16

Conveyor Package

We designed, manufactured and supplied a conveyor package for a mining project in BC. Our supply included Jaw Crusher Discharge Conveyors, SAG Mill Feed Transfer Conveyor, Pebble Recycle Conveyor and other equipment.

June 1

Design and Supply of Vibrating Feeders, Hopper and Chutes

We designed, manufactured and supplied a set of 10 Vibrating Feeders, hopper and chute for the Potash Handling Project in Vancouver BC.

November 18

Debarker, Rotary Log Loader and wood handling system

IEM delivered a debarker, Rotary Log Loader and infeed deck to a client in Indonesia.

November 17

Debarker and wood handling system

IEM delivered a debarker, infeed and outfeed decks to a client in Indonesia.

September 17

Silo Hopper Liners

We manufactured Three – Sets of Drop in liners for the existing apron feeder chute for Shell Canada Energy.

July 23

Conveyor Package

We delivered the last load of the 500 Tons of conveyor steel and equipment for the Pre-Crush project at Copper Mountain mine in Princeton BC. Our supply included modifications to existing conveyor, supply of 3 new 54" conveyors c/w trusses, bents, transfer towers and chutes. The conveyors handle 3100 tph of copper ore. Customer has been very pleased with quality and expedience of our supply.

July 15

Belt Feeder Package

We designed, manufactured and supplied two IEM 54”x 7.5 meters Belt Feeders for the Seaspan Project in Vancouver. Our supply included supporting wheels, wheel support beams, hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic power unit.

March 19

Belt Conveyor Package

IEM delivered two 42” Belt Conveyors and equipment for Pueblo Viejo project in Dominican Republic.

August 17

3 Mobile Hoppers Unloaded from Shipping Barge at Neptune Terminals

Things couldn’t have gone better when 3 mobile hoppers (each weighing 206,000 kg) were loaded onto their shipping barge in Surrey, BC. Without a hitch they were lifted off the ground and into place on the shipping barge. They travelled through the day and night on water until they were unloaded successfully at Neptune Terminals in North Vancouver, BC. All were pleased at how smoothly the whole operation went.

August 15

Concentrate Handling Conveyor System Final Shipment to Mongolia's Oyu Tolgoi Project

Shipments finalize after the 11th container full of equipment set sails destined for Molgolia. Along with apron feeders, belt feeders, ball handling system, scats handling system, and the concentrate handling conveyor, the construction crews at Oyu Tolgoi were very pleased with how things are coming together at the project.

February 23

Conveyors Installation Proceeding on Schedule for Similco Mines Ltd.

Installation of 9 conveyors is proceeding according to schedule at Similco Mine Ltd.'s Copper Mountain Mine Site near Princeton, BC. The overland stacking conveyor, pebble conveyors, feed conveyor and belt feeder reclaim conveyor should be ready for a spring start-up.

August 23

Belt Conveyors for Similco Mines Ltd. Copper Mountain Mining Project

A 54" wide, 1,000m overland stacking conveyor for coarse ore handling, six 36" wide pebble conveyors, a 60" mill feed conveyor and a 72" wide belt feeder reclaim conveyor are expected to be in operation in spring 2011 at Similco Mine's Copper Mountain Mine Site near Princeton, BC.

August 16

Conveyor System for New Gold's New Afton Mine Project

Construction is underway on a special 5-leg underground conveyor for New Gold's mine near Kamloops, BC. The underground portion is engineered to be suspended from tunnel ceilings. The suspended conveyor will allow room for transport trucks to pass underneath. Its 5th leg, a stacker conveyor, will extend above ground and pile ore on the surface. Commissioning is expected in spring 2011.

August 9

Seven Apron Feeders & Seven Belt Feeders Destined for Mongolian Mine

Work is underway on 3 Crusher Belt Feeders, 2 Pebble Return Belt Feeders, and 2 Cu Concentrate Feeders, as well as 1 D8 Primary Crusher Apron Feeder and 6 D6 Reclaim Apron Feeders for the Oyu Tolgoi Copper Mine Project in Mongolia. Shipping is set for early 2011.