SMS Equipment breaks ground on expansion in Northern Ontario

Ontario Construction News staff writer

SMS Equipment has broken ground on its new facility in Timmins.

“In line with explosive growth in Ontario’s mining sector, our customer base has increased significantly in the region,” president and CEO Robin Heard said in a statement. “We’re focused on supporting our customers – and their industries – across the country. A stronger presence in Timmins allows us to deliver equipment sales, service and solutions right where they’re needed.”

The new $30-million, 37,000 sq.-ft. site will merge SMS Equipment’s mining, heavy construction, road construction and light construction expertise in one location. The addition of two heavy-duty welding bays and five service bays will bolster the company’s service and maintenance capabilities in the area.

Energy efficiency features in the design of the new building include solar panels which will supply nearly 70 percent of the administrative offices’ power, upgraded wall insultation, triple-glazed windows, daylight-harvesting light controls, occupancy sensors and an electric vehicle charging station.

“SMS Equipment is committed to reducing our carbon footprint as an important part in our overall sustainability program,” adds Heard. “That program includes environmental awareness and protection as well as investment in our people and our communities.”

“Our company has a long history in Timmins and we look forward to a bright future in the region,” says Curtis Westcott, Operations Manager – Timmins Branch, SMS Equipment. “We’re proudly supporting the local community through social investment, financial investment and job creation. To support our growing operations, we will be recruiting for a number of high-quality and skilled jobs.”

Acknowledging SMS Equipment’s commitment to the region and contribution to the local economy, members of Timmins’ municipal and Ontario’s provincial government toured the facility last week.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2023.


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