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1924

1924

The Lorenz story is a genuine entrepreneurial adventure. The Lorenz family tree is full of millwrights, blacksmiths and inventors.  William and Anna Lorenz settle in Canada having moved from Russia.

1924

1927

1927

Edwin Lorenz was born in Maxstone SK.  His family relocated to Ontario when he was a young boy.  He went on to marry Diane Lorenz in 1952 followed by the birth of Peter Lorenz in 1961.

1927

1940

1940

The Lorenz family moves to Ontario and settles in Dunnville.

1940

1965

1965

Ed works for Simon Day Ltd moving equipment to the new General Foods plant in Cobourg.  Diane and Peter move to Cobourg “just for the 6 month job”

1965

1979

757 Murray Cres

Ed invents and patents the Lorenz Clamp, and Lorenz & Son is born and opened for business in the family home garage.

1979

1980

The Guardhouse, Northam Industrial Park

The business relocated to a 600 square foot facility to start production. Edwin Lorenz, a Millwright by trade opened a Millwrighting Division to round out their business offering.

1980

1983

609 William St

The business continued to grow resulting in several moves to gain more space and a better manufacturing environment.

1983

1985

1985

Building 7, Northam Industrial Park

1985

1990

Willmott St

Lorenz Conveying Products was born and led by Peter Lorenz after Ed and Diane Lorenz retired in the 1990’s. Peter Lorenz is an industry expert and experienced millwright. The company shifted focus from Millwrighting to strictly manufacturing becoming a leading manufacturer of all things conveying. The focus was on Clamps and Couplings, Pneumatic Fittings and Custom Fabrications like Cyclones.

1990

1994

79 White St

The first part of the current 8 acre campus was purchased from Harnden & King Construction . Since then Lorenz Conveying Products has expanded to 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

1994

1995

1995

The first Wallace Bender was purchased expanding the product line to include Bends from 1.5” OD to 6” Sch Pipe in aluminum, carbon steel, stainless steel and galvanized steel.

1995

1997

75 White St

Expansion to the property included the purchase of the current Office Administration building.

1997

1999

1999

ISO Certification was initially acquired. The company has continued to grow with this quality program currently designated as ISO9001-2015.

1999

2000

2000

The 10,000 sq. foot Warehouse was built on the campus. The company started manufacturing Diverter Valves and Gates.

2000

2008

2008

A Flow Water Jet Machine was purchased to enable in-house quality control and ensure delivery times are met. And the Valve manufacturing building was opened.

2008

2014, 2015, 2016

2014, 2015, 2016

Canadian Business Magazine recognizes Lorenz as one of Canada’s Fastest Growing companies 3 years in a row! BAA Business of the year and Mayors award 2015 & 2016.

2014, 2015, 2016

2014 & 2018

2014 & 2018

24 head CNC Machines were purchased to further enable in-house quality control and speed up production.

2014 & 2018

2018

2018

Lorenz becomes a multi-national company. Lorenz Conveying Products USA purchases SMS International Inc. and Flow Valve International and begins production of Lorenz Iris Valves and Syntron® Iris Valves in their Normal, IL facility.

2018

2019

Ed-ucational Centre Opens

Lorenz Conveying Products keeps business flowing in a variety of sectors like Plastics & Packaging, Chemical, Grain Milling, Food & Pet Food and Minerals. Products include Diverter Valves & Slide Gates, Couplings, Elbows, Fittings, Iris Valves and Custom Fabrications.

2019


Family Culture

It is this family culture that makes Lorenz stand out. Customers aren’t “customers” but rather extended members of the Lorenz family where they are provided with the counsel, innovation, support and service they need to ensure their businesses flow smoothly.