Howard Bishop was the welding shop foreman at the former Allis-Chalmers plant in St. Thomas. When the company packed up and moved to Quebec in 1962, Howard chose to remain in St. Thomas and started a small metal fabricating business. Howard's wife, Irene, did the books and within two years the business had grown to hire other workers that had lost their jobs when the Allis-Chalmers plan shut down.
In 1964, Yarmouth Metal Fabricators moved to a new 3,000 square foot shop on the 6 acre site it calls home today. Howard's two sons, Bob and Rick got involved and daughter Cathy took on office duties. The site has since grown to occupy 65,000 square feet of shop and office space and runs with up to 75 people on staff. In 1987, the business branched into the specialized area of lifting and moving heavy equipment with cranes. Today, the company operates a fleet of over 20 large and small mobile units that can lift and manuever virtually anything. When Magna International built the Formet Industries plant in St. Thomas, Yarmouth Crane Service placed some of the largest hydro-form presses ever built. When General Electric needed help at its Peterborough plant, it was Yarmouth Crane on the job moving a $26 million component for a nuclear reactor. Moving pieces of equipment weighing over 100 metric tonnes requires accuracy, patience, exceptional skills and major investments in specialized equipment.
There's another side to Yarmouth Metal and Yarmouth Crane that warrants special recognition. It's the spirit and attitude that has kept so many employees as long term staff with 20 and 25 year service records. Yarmouth has always been actively involved in the community and regularly contributes expertise, equipment and financial support to a wide range of projects.
In 1999, Howard Bishop retired from the company and passed his interest to his sons Bob and Rick. Bob Bishop currently serves as President of the company with Rick Bishop as Vice-President. Under their combined direction, the company’s staff has more than doubled in recent years as a result of increasing client demand.
The introduction of new services including crane services, machinery moving and industrial construction projects has helped to further enhance the company. Recent expansion of our St. Thomas facilities ensures that our customers can fully benefit from a comprehensive range of services together with the reliable quality and personalized service that Yarmouth has become known for.
To provide an efficient single source of metal fabrication and crane services distinguished by professional expertise, innovation, flexibility and personal attention to our valued customers.
To continually improve our capabilities and methods of service delivery, thereby helping to ensure the ongoing satisfaction and success of our customers, employees and suppliers.
For Our Clients - Ensure total satisfaction by understanding their requirements and by continually improving our business processes, while maintaining effective communications and mutually-beneficial long-term relationships.
For Our Employees - Provide meaningful and rewarding opportunities to develop and apply their unique talents, skills and expertise in a positive and supportive work environment.
For Our Suppliers - Develop strong relationships that provide quality services, prompt delivery and competitive rates which contribute to our mutual success.
For Our Community - Give back to our community through corporate and personal involvement and support.