Lumber Remanufacturing Ltd., was established in 1995 by the company
founder Rajinder Brar. Rajinder migrated from India to Canada in
1974. After working a few odd ended jobs, he began training to become
a machinist. He was certified and worked in the trade for nearly
seventeen years. In the late 80's, Rajinder and some investors opened
a Shake and Shingle Mill, due to unstable markets and the poor economy,
this endeavour was not successful.
However, Rajinder had a vision, he wanted to work
in the lumber industry. He had learned from his mistakes, and in
1995, was ready to make another go at the lumber industry. In the
Summer of 1995, one acre of land was found in Surrey, British Columbia.
Rajinder found a Irvington trimline, and a mobile re-saw. With some
fabricating and repairs all the equipment was ready to operate by
the summer of 1996.
The vision was simple, buy stock from larger mills,
re-manufacture the product to create pallet-stock, keep your overheads
low, and always keep the customer happy. In order to insure success
Rajinder was going to treat everyone as if they were family. He stated
that he was going to respect his suppliers, employees, and customers,
therefore he said "you cannot go wrong". Rajinder, started
with himself and three employees (mainly family members and friends).
Within two years Advance Lumber Remanufacturing Ltd. had grown to
employ over thirty full-time employees. Including three office staff
members. Another three acres of land was rented to help ease the
lumber storage problems. It was clear to many, the work ethic paid-off;
customers were happy with the service, and equally happy with the
simple honest work ethic, not to mention were impressed by the superior
product they were being supplied.
In 1999, Advance Lumber Remanufacturing grew to include
Advance Freight Systems Ltd., the company was set up to help ease
the load delivery problems which were hampering the success of Advance
Lumber Remanufacturing Ltd.