Winkler Structures, a division of Winkler Canvas Ltd., has been providing its customers with the highest quality, innovative products and solutions for over 35 years. Its humble roots as a small operation manufacturing agricultural truck tarps has been built up on a foundation of strong work ethic and integrity, and a commitment to quality with no compromises.
The values that were at the core of Winkler Structures’ beginnings set the company up for rapid growth in both its product offering and company culture; a growth substantial enough for the company to have to expand their production and office facilities three times in less than 10 years. This expansion has also resulted in a growing dealer network across North America, and the ability of Winkler Structures to service almost any industry requirement with its certified engineered, “no compromise” fabric covered buildings.
Winkler Structures continually adapts to changing markets due to its core principles of innovation and quality. In 2014, the company underwent a change of ownership that fuelled a complete overhaul of the brand, a process which caused the company to reflect on its past and set the direction for future growth. The result was a commitment to becoming leaders in the fabric structure industry.
“Our tagline expresses our vision; which is to provide our customers with a No Compromise Fabric Structure,” says Rick Knelsen, vice-president of sales and marketing. “It’s important that people trust that their assets are protected with a structural solution and that at the end of the day, they can focus on their operations with confidence.”
As a result of this commitment, Winkler Structures prides itself on providing quality-backed, custom-fabric covered buildings are ideal for mining equipment maintenance facilities, bulk storage and warehousing, machinery storage, housing units, and anything else that requires superior protection from the elements.
“Our structures are often custom designed for our customers, which means you don’t need to cater your needs to our buildings, but rather we cater our buildings to our customers’ requirements,” explains Knelsen. “This allows for maximum efficiency in both capacity and our customers’ man-hours.”
For Winkler Structures, maximum efficiency is one of the most important components in serving the mining industry. Buildings can be installed in as little as a week and can be deconstructed and moved in the same amount of time, which gives up a significant amount of upfront savings in construction time. The specialty polyethylene material covering Winkler’s buildings has amazing strength-to-weight ratios that allow for easier, faster, and money-saving installations. This advanced fabric also provides natural lighting into the building for a safe and efficient work environment, while also producing savings in electricity costs.
To supplement the new ownership and re-branding of the company, Winkler Structures has recently launched a completely new building lineup to meet the growing demand for larger fabric covered buildings. One of these buildings, branded the Trident, offers an innovative rigid steel frame that literally widens the possibilities that Winkler Structures can provide. The Trident’s solid web beams offer widths up to 250 feet with a clear span design, creating a spacious, obstruction-free area inside the building which can also be customized to any length. It’s straight wall design means that doors can be added to any area of the building for easy accessibility, or additionally, end walls can be left completely open for quick transfer of large machinery and equipment in and out of the building.
Due to their strength and resistance to corrosion, the Trident’s solid steel beams also offer superior protection and durability. Various coatings are available including grey primer, powder coated, or hot-dipped for extreme protection against corrosion. Buildings can be customized to include a variety of options such as doors, insulation, ventilation, and hanging accessories such as conveyors.
The introduction of the Trident model to its building lineup is just one part of Winkler Structures’ complete series release. Each new structure profile has been personalized with its own brand and each one offers various widths, among other structural features. Any of Winkler Structures’ standard options can be used in mining operations, or a building can be completely custom designed to meet specific needs.
What enables Winkler Structures to introduce its new innovative product line while simultaneously keeping up with production and managing its large dealer network, is the company’s holistic approach to the manufacturing process. Everything including drafting and design, material handling, welding, packaging, and shipping is all done under the same roof in the company’s 60,000 square foot plant. The facility even includes the company’s head offices on-site, allowing effective communication between departments of the Winkler Structures family.
Ultimately, the company’s integrated approach ties back to the inception of Winkler Structures and its persisting core values that have been built upon over the years. This continues to drive its success forward in becoming a leader in the fabric structures industry.