The Bucket Shop (TBS) is a Timmins, Ontario based heavy equipment repair, rebuild, and manufacturing facility that produces our own TBS HiPER brand line of cast lip and heel assemblies for mining equipment, as well as a unique 2 and 4-piece bucket design. Our entire team consists of over 100 people. The business was founded in 1989 and 4 business units operated under the United Supply banner: United Supply, United Equipment Rental (UER Heavy Equipment rental), Steeltec (mobile fleet welding/millwright services), and TBS (production and manufacturing). The TBS business unit was created by Ross and Paul Woodward in a 5,000 square-foot shop with two employees. We became experts in repairing and/or building new buckets for earth moving equipment and extended into associated machinery. Specifically, we began repairing and building new truck boxes, and consequently expanded into the maintenance of mine mills. In 2015, Ross sold United Supply, and decided to significantly reduce the rental fleet offered under UER. This created a dedicated focus for the family toward TBS and Steeltec.
Through the years we have continued to grow and re-invest in the region and in 2017 we moved into our newly built 65,000 square foot, research and manufacturing facility. In 2019, we added another 20,000+ square feet for specialized abrasive blasting & painting and the addition of a warehouse and new mechanic shop. With the expansion outside the provincial borders, came growth of the staff and business operations team. As a result, a Strategic Plan was developed to give guidance for the future direction of the organization.