History

Advance was founded in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1984 by a small group of investors including Doug Kee, Gerry van Wachem and Ray Hicton, who possessed extensive industry experience in trailer manufacturing and service operations. Advance quickly focused on those core elements essential in building a successful company. The vision of the founding partners was to build “state of the art” truck tanks and trailers. To accomplish this, the company purchased the Regina manufacturing plant equipped with overhead cranes and industrial power supply and hand-picked industry experts for their production team to custom design and build “new concept” equipment critical to realizing their vision. The primary products produced at that time included petroleum and oilfield trailers, truck-mounted tanks, as well as insulated hot product units.

Since 1984, Advance Engineered Products Group has grown to become Canada’s premier manufacturer of tank trucks, trailers, and vacuum truck equipment. Driven by the principles of quality and continuous improvement (Kaizen, 5S, and Lean Manufacturing) processes, Advance strives to improve on those important principles to achieve unequalled value for our customers. The equipment we manufacture is built to work and it’s built to last – we don’t compromise on our quality, ever.

The Company’s head office is located in Regina, Saskatchewan, where the bulk of our manufacturing takes place. Other locations throughout Canada manufacture specific product lines and are also equipped to handle repairs to tank trucks. In order to offer this level of service, Advance is registered with the Department of Transport in Canada and the United States, as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for the manufacture and repair of coded tanks and vessels.

Founded in 1994 by Mr. Patrick Dore, Lazer Inox began as a tank repair facility. Soon after, the organization evolved into a manufacturer of fine stainless steel equipment and began building a reputation for innovative products and caring about the needs of its customers and their drivers.

In 1995, the first milk tank manufactured by Lazer Inox hit the roads of Quebec. Many more tanks and tank trailers followed as Lazer Inox began to penetrate the sanitary market and establish itself as a leader in fine edible transport equipment.

In 1998, a new product line was born at Lazer Inox: tanks and trailers to serve Western Canada’s crude oil market. Today, the Lazer Inox brand is seen throughout the crude fields of Western Canada and is recognized for its robustness and reliability in some of Canada’s toughest bulk trucking lanes.

In 2010, Lazer Inox, in conjunction with Advance’s Engineering and Design Centre in Regina, produced their first aluminum petroleum and pneumatic B-trains for Seabord Harmac, Paul’s Hauling, and Trimac Transportation. During that same year, they also won the confidence of the Laidlaw Tank division of the Contrans Group by building five 407 stainless chemical transports. All of these units are working to the complete satisfaction of these important contributors to bulk transport safety and efficiency.

In 2011 Lazer Inox took on a new challenge and built their first insulated 406 code hot product equipment.