Fortis is a privately owned company based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Fortis evolved from its parent company, Northern Strands Co. Ltd., in 2006, which had been in the mining industry since the 1970s as a distributor of mine hoisting ropes. As the customer base grew, along with the mining industry in Saskatchewan, the company started to distribute and then manufacture hoist rope attachments and fittings. In conjunction with these changing market demands, the company recognized the need for supplying services to the customers. These services included rope changes, skip changes, accident remediation, de-rope, re-rope, problem solving, specialized equipment, and custom manufacturing. With continued growth, delivering these services was best met through the development of a separate company. Fortis Engineering & Manufacturing Inc. was created.
It was in 2006 that Fortis took on many of the projects that were previously done by Northern Strands, and they began to grow their manufacturing capacity by producing more attachments and fittings. In order to fabricate more products in-house, a machine shop was added in 2010. Due to increasing fabrication demands, in the summer of 2012, Fortis chose to maximize manufacturing production and efficiency by creating a night-shift for this division.
The evolution of Fortis went hand-in-hand with the growth of the mining industry in Saskatchewan. The increasing demand was easily noticed and quickly realized by the leadership of Fortis. The company met that opportunity by recruiting multi-skilled, highly trained and experienced employees to create a strong, united and efficient workforce.
Fortis has successfully forged relationships with a number of customers including Potash Corporation, Agrium, Mosaic, Cameco, Nyrstar, Rio Tinto, and Agnico Eagle, along with several other mining service companies. Fortis delivers specialized consulting and project services to its customers, from engineering to construction, and from maintenance to decommissioning and emergency situations.
Fortis believes that its determination in creating an injury-free work environment through the ISO policies and procedures is evidence of its commitment to safety.
Fortis – June 2013 – ISO and Safety Culture
Fortis recently passed the Certification Audit conducted by QAS International in June 2013. After certification Fortis has earned the rare distinction of simultaneously being certified for three different management system standards which includes ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001.
We are exceedingly proud of the commitment and teamwork of our employees in achieving these standards. Fortis has a QA & ISO Compliance Department which is committed to continuous improvement of products and services provided by Fortis. Fortis plans to continue on its strategic positioning as a provider of high quality services and products operating under approved and standardized practices with the aim of achieving continual improvement. Each department in Fortis is monitoring its KPI (Key Performance Indicators) to make sure that the objectives are achieved continuously. Fortis also periodically conducts probabilistic hazard analysis and environmental aspect/ impact analysis to identify the significant H&S and Environmental Hazards.
The ownership and management team at Fortis believes in the importance of safety in the workplace. Over the past several years, Fortis has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from its experience in its collaboration with local and international mine sites and companies. The company continues to compile the most recent safety knowledge and is adopting and integrating that knowledge into its safety management systems. Fortis believes that its determination in creating an injury-free work environment through the ISO policies and procedures is evidence of its commitment to safety.
Today, Fortis works continuously in mining-related service work and custom manufacturing for a diverse customer base. The company is positioned to identify customer requirements and is uniquely prepared to address those requirements by leveraging its internal talent. Fortis has the experience and knowledge to undertake the delivery of professional services and quality products.
Learn more about Fortis Mining Engineering & Manufacturing at www.fortiscorporation.com.