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Doing the Heavy Lifting in Ontario Industry Sectors

Doing the Heavy Lifting in Ontario Industry Sectors

Hercules SLR— Doing the heavy lifting in Ontario Industry Sectors

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Hercules SLR supports many of the top industries in Ontario.

From manufacturing and mining to infrastructure and aerospace we supply Ontario industry sectors with lifting and rigging solutions.

We have 4 branch locations in Ontario with a wide array of products and services that include: Inspections, repairs, testing, certification, equipment certification management, training and fabrication.


8026 Torbram Road, Unit 802A, Brampton

905 564 3387


101 Duff Drive, Sarnia, Ontario

519 332 4462


400 Parkdale Avenue N, Hamilton

905 790 3112


878 Falconbridge Road, Sudbury

705 682 4167



You never know where you will find us! Did you know that Hercules SLR installed the zip lines at Niagara Falls in 2015?


Inside the Hercules DCOur Central Distribution Center (DC) is also located in the Province at Long-Sault.

Hercules has the largest inventory of securing, lifting, and rigging equipment under one roof in Canada. From our DC we ship on a national scale to our 20+ branches and we ship directly to our customers. Learn more about our Long-Sault DC here

The Ontario manufacturing industry produces a broad range of products for an equally broad range of uses. For example, manufacturing provides equipment for exploring, developing, extracting, processing and distributing resources from land, oceans and forests. Equipment for these purposes include rigging and lifting equipment, materials handling solutions, cranes, hydroelectric generators, fishing vessels, railway locomotives, farm machinery, mining equipment and machinery for transforming oil, natural gas and coal into chemicals, textiles and paints.

The success of all Ontarians depends on manufacturing for the province of Ontario. The statistics are conclusive: The industry directly contributes more than 12% of the province GDP, more than $300 billion in yearly output, and more than 80% of Ontario’s exports. More than 770,000 Ontarians hold high-value, high-paying employment in the manufacturing sector, and an additional 1.5 million employees in Ontario are supported indirectly. A full 30 percent of the provincial GDP, more than 25 percent of employment, $55.3 billion in annual earnings, and more than $18 billion in government revenue are all attributed to the industrial sector (excluding income taxes).

These figures represent a sector of businesses and workers that is at the vanguard of international rivalry, innovation, and technical advancement; they are more than just numbers.

Historydon valley brick works quarry

This dominance in manufacturing was historically a result of the 19th-century textile, furniture, farm implement, and milling industries. The Canadian protective tariff of 1879 fostered the development of the domestic steel industry, which is now concentrated in Hamilton and Sault Ste. Marie, along with numerous American branch facilities. The Canada-United States Automotive Agreement of 1965 considerably benefitted the automobile industry, which is another crucial sector. Textiles, processed foods, industrial machinery, electrical products, farm tools, chemicals, rubber and synthetics, aviation, and furniture are some more significant businesses. A robust information technology sector known as “Silicon Valley North” developed in the province in the late 20th century, particularly in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and the Ottawa suburb of Kanata.

Transportation and telecommunications

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence canal system transports bulk goods, primarily mining and forestry products and prairie grains, to countries in the United States or beyond. The same route is used by seagoing vessels to transport imports from abroad. Following the St. Lawrence Seaway’s opening, Toronto’s port saw a decrease in business.

An east-west highway (commonly known as the 401) runs from the Quebec border to Windsor, while a north-south expressway runs from Toronto to Orillia and beyond. This fundamental road plan was established in the 1790s. The Queen Elizabeth Way, the first divided expressway in Canada, stretches from Toronto to Buffalo, where it borders the United States. Large swaths of Ontario’s northland are traversed by the Trans-Canada Highway as it travels from Montreal through Ottawa and over substantial portions of Ontario’s northland to the Manitoba border. This and other Ontario highways have high capital and maintenance expenses as a result of the state’s frequent freezing rain and sweltering heat waves.

One provincially regulated north-south railroad, with its northern end at Moosonee on James Bay, splits Ontario, which is traversed by two transcontinental railroads. One provincially regulated north-south railroad, with its northern end at Moosonee on James Bay, splits Ontario, which is traversed by two transcontinental railroads. Two transcontinental railroads cross Ontario, and one provincially controlled north-south railroad, with its northern terminus at Moosonee on James Bay, divides the province. Although Southern Ontario’s passenger mileage has decreased because of a lack of funding, this is not the situation in the Golden Horseshoe, where commuters are served by the Greater Toronto Transit Authority, or GO Transit, a government-owned mass transit system. The rail network of this system is the most complex in Canada.

Ontario Business Facts

The three largest industries in Ontario are real estate, mining, and manufacturing.

Among Ontario’s most promising sectors with multi-generational potential for growth and profitability are:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical and biochemical
  • Cleantech
  • Financial services
  • Food and beverage manufacturing
  • Forestry
  • Industrial automation and robotics.

Ontario Fun Facts

  • Ontario has more than 250,000 lakes
  • More than half of the highest quality farmland in Canada is in Ontario
  • The common loon is the provincial bird
  • “Ontario” comes from the Iroquois word for beautiful water
  • Amethyst is the official mineral of Ontario


Hercules SLR Inc. is a privately owned Canadian company, headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, with a national footprint of over 400 team members. Since 1985, our team has been providing innovative and safe material handling solutions to address your unique business needs.

For all your rigging requirements, whatever the load, give our experts a call: (877) 461-4876