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The History of CanForge

Canada Forgings Inc. has been around for some time...

Originally founded in 1912, the Canadian-owned custom forging producer has grown to supply quality and specialty forgings to a wide variety of companies across the United States and Canada.

And just like superheroes, our origin story is a tale that should be told.

In today’s blog, we’ll be taking a look at CanForge’s expansive history and how it became North America’s top forging producer.

The Birth of CanForge

The birth of CanForge dates all the way back to the turning of the nineteenth century when three local companies joined forces. In 1912, the James Smart Manufacturing Company, founded out of Brockville in 1854, Canada Foundries and Forgings Limited, established in 1906, and Canadian Billings and Spencer, instituted in 1907, merged.

Keeping the Canada Foundries and Forgings Limited title, the team continued manufacturing drop forgings for the automobile industry along with agricultural implementations, materials for railways, mining, marine, locomotives, cement mills, bridge companies and more.

Growth of CanForge

Fast forward to World War II, Canada Foundries and Forgings Limited were hard at work providing munitions for the Allied Forces, which included a rush order for 100,000 Ross Rifles.

In 1919, Canada Foundries and Forgings Limited became the largest employer in all of Welland with over 1,000 workers. A few years later in 1977, the company became officially known as Canada Forgings (or CanForge for short), a division of Toromont Manufacturing Limited of Toronto.

Things picked up in 1983 when a federal government grant from the American government allowed CanForge to supply the US Army with transmission parts for their M2 and M3 fighting vehicles.

CanForge Today

Since our early beginnings, CanForge has become a key player in North America’s forging market. We have grown to produce high-quality, specialty forgings for the most demanding and sophisticated engineering applications for a wide range of industrial applications, including aerospace, nuclear, power generation, energy exploration, pipeline, off-road transportation, mass transit and military markets.

Today we operate two plants on 8-1/2 acres of land in Welland, Ontario. This prime location in the Niagara Region allows us to seamlessly provide overnight delivery to both our Canadian and American customers.

Thanks to these two plants, CanForge is able to stand out amongst competitors and supply all segments of the forging market. Our Open Die plant produces open die forgings and features one of the country’s premier facilities for the manufacture of seamless rolled rings. The Closed Die plant produces closed die components of up to 450 lbs. CanForge has also garnered quite the expertise in forging shafts and bars, step shafts and bent crane hooks.

Over the years, our customer base has grown to feature US-based companies such as Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics, Alstom/Areva, General Electric, Siemens Westinghouse, Atomic Energy, BF Goodrich, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Jered Industries, and more!

Each of the steel forgings provided to our clients is produced from the finest quality stock, including alloy steel, carbon steel, and stainless steel.

Ultimately, though, the secret behind our success has always been our people. Since the beginning, the CanForge team has made sure to react to fluctuating market conditions, which allowed us to continue providing our customers with quality products that meet and exceed their requirements.

Forever providing the Superior Forgings you Need

Whether you’re in need of open die forgings, closed die forgings or seamless rolled rings, CanForge can provide the high-class forgings you need to get the job done. As the number one resource for forgings in the United States and Canadian marketplaces, we are fully committed to providing competitive pricing, meeting exact specifications, and delivering on time. From high quantities to low, large forgings, CanForge can produce the high-quality forgings required for your sophisticated applications.

Contact us today to discuss how Canada Forgings can help you with your forging needs or to request a quote for your next project.


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