- Ebco Industries Founded in 1956
With tool and die making experience in Germany, Helmut and Hugo were driven toward succeeding in the industrial sector of British Columbia. With twin determination, and the partnership of a friend, Stefan Burger, Ebco Industries Ltd. was incorporated in 1956. What started as a small fab shop in Vancouver’s downtown, eventually evolved into a robust group of companies that, at a point, encompassed over 20 subsidiaries. Ebco is embedded community roots, with an emphasis on cultural diversity in the workplace, and is one of the leading manufacturers for OEM equipment & repairs, in North America.
- Keystone Industries Ltd.
In 1963, Keystone, a division of Ebco, is launched to manufacture and sell chrome mag wheels. Frank Van Pykstra, one of Ebco's first employees as well as a big car buff, became the company's General Manager. Frank's young friends used to come to Ebco to come to the plating shop at Ebco to get their rims chromed. As other new clients began to take notice, demand grew, and Keystone became its own business producing high-performance aftermarket parts such as manifold and mufflers.
- EIF Furniture
In 1973, Ebco purchased Imperial School Desk Ltd. and renamed it EIF or Excellence In Furniture. The newly formed company expanded the existing product lines by adding office furniture and executive seating. EIF became known for its sleek and modern furniture design.
- World's Largest Cyclotron (TRIUMF)
In 1974, TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and accelerator-based science, commissioned Ebco to manufacture the vacuum wall and resonator components that would be used in their new 500 MeV cyclotron project. Once complete, the cyclotron measured eighteen meters in diameter, making it the largest cyclotron in the world. The cyclotron is still running to this day and it's still the largest in the world. The project sparked a relationship between Ebco and TRIUMF that culminated in a tech trade agreement between the two companies, leading Ebco to create a new organization, Advanced Cyclotron Systems Incorporated (www.advancedcyclotron.com), which focuses on commercial cyclotrons for the production of radioisotopes used in cancer diagnostics and other forms of functional imaging.
- The Canadarm
In the early 1980's, Ebco was contracted by a partner of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to construct components to be used on the International Space Station. Specifically, Ebco helped to work on the Canadarm, a robotic arm used on the Space Station to deploy, maneuver and capture payloads. Today the Canadarm is touted as Canada's most famous robotic and technological achievement. It is so popular that it has earned its placement on the current Canadian five dollar bill.
- Highway '86
For the 1986 Expo in Vancouver, artist James Wines and architecture and environmental design organization, SITE (Sculpture in the Environment), collaborated with Ebco to create a monumental art installation based on the Expo's theme, transportation. The piece showcased cars, planes, bikes, boats, shoes and a submarine, painted grey along a wavy concrete road. The goal of the installation was to raise questions about modern transportation and man's uncertain relationship with industry and technology. The piece provided an interactive showcase that attendees could be a part of by walking along the road. The highway measured over 700 feet long and included a fountain at its center. Ebco's expertise came in with the machining and fabricating of the heavy metal components, as well as the procurement and preparation of transportation devices and the installation.
- Tunnel Boring Machine for the Chunnel
Over the years, Ebco has contributed in making a number of tunnel boring machines that have been used across the globe. One of the largest tunnel borers that Ebco helped make was used to excavate a tunnel that connects England to France at the Straight of Dover beneath the ocean in the English Channel. This popular tunnel is known today as the Channel Tunnel, or Chunnel. Today this tunnel is used to transport about 50,000 people per day between England and France. Ebco is proud to have contributed with the creation of this world famous tunnel.
- Ebco Celebrates 60 Years in Business
In 2016, Ebco Industries celebrated its 60th year in business with a gala complete with dinner, dancing, awards and entertainment. Twins, Helmut and Hugo, were both in attendance. They started the business as newcomers to Canada in 1956 and are still involved to this day.