10 Fun Facts About Industrial Cranes

10 Fun Facts About Industrial Cranes

Whether you’re working within the rigging industry or not, cranes have become a very large part of people’s lives. Cranes have become a part of our cities skylines, even if you haven’t noticed it! They are such an integral part of construction and development that they can sometimes blend right into the background. They are massive tools that make the existence of much of our infrastructure possible.

A crane bird

Since cranes are such a large but underappreciated part of not only our industry but community, we thought it would be fun to share 10 fun facts you may not have known about cranes. Read on to learn more!

1. Cranes are Named After the Bird

If you google the word crane, you’ll get a mixture of lifting cranes and this fun looking bird, also called a crane! Have you ever wondered why these two share a name? It’s because lifting cranes were actually named after the bird. Crane birds are tall and slender, bendy, and quick with their beaks, so lifting cranes got their name because early crane manufacturers thought they looked like these birds – do you agree?

2. Cranes were Invented in Ancient Greece

The first crane was built by the Ancient Greeks in 500 BC. The first crane was a primitive, wooden form powered by humans and animals, used to pull heavy objects and construct many of the beautiful structures that existed in Ancient Greece. One of the Greek’s most famous buildings, the Parthenon, shows evidence of cranes used in its construction.

3. Jibs Changed the Game

In the Middle Ages, what we know now as a Jib was added to the Greek crane which allowed the crane’s arm to move horizontally and not just vertically! Following this advancement, cranes began to first be used in harbors to unload cargo from ships – something that modern cranes are still doing now. By the sixteenth century, cranes were built with two treadmills, one on each side of a rotating housing containing the boom.

4. From Wood to Steel

As mentioned above, the earliest cranes in ancient Greece were made of wood which did the trick back in the day but wouldn’t have the strength to stand up against some of the jobs modern cranes take on today. Now, cranes are usually manufactured using steel.

5. The First Powered Cranes Were Powered by Steam

Until the middle of the nineteenth century, cranes still relied on human or animal power. What changed that? The invention of the steam engine! This technology was introduced to cranes and allowed them to be powered by a motor. By the end of the nineteenth century, internal combustion engines and electric motors were used to power cranes.

6. Cranes Build Themselves!

That’s right, cranes oftentimes build themselves. The only thing large enough and strong enough to build cranes, is other cranes. With the help of workers, operators use the crane to attach vital pieces of equipment. Sometimes cranes will literally build themselves placing pieces onto itself once the control panel is up and running – how cool is that!

7. There are Many Different Types of Cranes

Different types of cranes can be found on almost any construction project, each one specializing in its own specific task. Here are just a few of the most popular ones:

  • Mobile Cranes – A mobile crane is a cable-controlled crane mounted on crawlers or rubber-tired carriers or a hydraulic-powered crane with a telescoping boom mounted on truck-type carriers or as self-propelled models.
  • Carry Deck Crane – A carry deck crane is a small 4 wheel crane with a 360 degree rotating boom housed in the center of the machine.
  • Crane Vessel – A crane vessel, crane ship or floating crane is a ship with a crane specialized in lifting heavy loads. The largest crane vessels are used for offshore construction.
  • Rough Terrain Crane – As the name implies, these cranes are used for pick and carry operations off-road and on rough terrains.

8. The Current Largest Crane in the World

The SGC – 250, the Sarens Giant Crane also known as ‘Big Carl’, is a 250,000t/m heavy crane designed to sgc-250 craneaccommodate the heavy lifting requirements for refinery, oil and gas, mining, offshore platform, and third-generation components for nuclear power plants.

Built in 2015, this crane has a maximum lift capacity of 5,000-tons and features a 118m – 160.5m main boom configuration with a 40.5m – 99.5 m heavy-duty jib configuration. It operates on a 48.5m outer ring and requires a 5,200-ton counterweight. The jib can be extended up to 100 meters, giving it a maximum height of 250 meters (820 feet) and radius 275 meters (902 feet).

The SGC – 250 can operate on two different blocks at the same time—One on the main boom and one on the jib. The crane’s main hook block weighs 105 tonnes and has a safe working load (SWL) of 3,200 tonnes while the jib hook weighs 58 tonnes and has an SWL of 1,600 tonnes.

9. The Strongest Mobile Crane

Designed by Liebherr, located in Switzerland, the mobile crane, LTM 11200-9.1, is the strongest telescopic LTM 11200-9.1 cranemobile crane in the market and offers the world’s longest telescopic boom. It has a maximum lift capacity of 1,200-tons, a maximum hoisting height of 188 meters (616 feet) and a maximum radius of 136 meters (446 feet) – This is over the length of a football field! 

Some of the features found on the LTM 11200-9.1 are:

  • 100m long telescopic boom and 22m telescopic boom extension.
  • Lifting capacity of 65-tons at the 100m long, suspended telescopic boom.
  • 126m long luffing fly jib.
  • 60.5m long fixed jib, optionally hydraulically adjustable.
  • Fast and easy crane assembly with little required space.
  • Active, speed dependent rear-axle steering (all axles can be steered).
  • Economical transportation.

The LTM 11200-9.1 has been used to assemble larger portal cranes, radio towers, absorber columns, and wind power generators. When fully-loaded the base of the vehicle drives with slewing platforms, luffing cylinder and all four folding beams—With all of these elements, it will weigh in at over 100-tons. However, dismantling these elements is easy to do, making it so you only have to travel with what will be used on the job. Doing this can lessen the total weight to 34-tons, making it much more economical to transport.

10. Cranes can be Dangerous

As much as we admire the beauty and versatility of cranes – At the end of the day, they are a very large and potentially dangerous piece of machinery. Failure to follow safe lifting practices can lead to serious personal injury and cause damage to equipment and facilities. However, with proper training, inspections & maintenance, and workplace protocol you can greatly reduce the likelihood of many safety hazards. Hercules SLR can help with that!

We’re your one-stop-shop. Would you make three different stops in the morning to get your sugar, milk, and grounds for your morning coffee? Of course not—Why should your crane service be any different?

Hercules SLR offers crane certifications & LEEA-certified inspections, repairs, predictive & preventive maintenance (so you can pass those inspections!) and crane parts & accessories like wire rope slings, hoists & whatever else you need to lift.

Have a type of crane you need to be serviced, but we didn’t cover it here? Give us a call—We service anything. 

NEED A QUOTE? HAVE A QUESTION? CALL US—WE KNOW THE (WIRE) ROPES & EVERYTHING RIGGING-RELATED.

Marystown, NL : Customer Service/Inside Sales Representative 

Customer Service/Inside Sales Representative

Marystown, NL

Full-time, Permanent

Who we are

The Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of four distinct companies—Hercules SLR, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales, and Wire Rope Industries Atlantic—with Hercules Machining & Millwright Services as a division of Hercules SLR. We are headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and have been privately owned and operated for over 45 years.

While Hercules has grown into a multitude of industrial sectors, we specialize in equipment, products and services for securing, lifting and rigging applications. As an employer, we focus on continually enhancing the skills and capabilities of our employees and pride ourselves for building and improving upon our cultures of safety and dedicated customer service.

What we are looking for

A full-time Customer Service/Inside Sales Representative to join our team in Marystown, NL. Our ideal candidate will represent Hercules with a strong positive attitude and a solutions-based approach to their work; all in an effort to ensure optimal client satisfaction.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the day-to-day interactions and sales functions between clients, Territory Managers and the product supply functions within Hercules
  • Client service via telephone, in-person and electronic communications
  • Support Territory Managers with a focus on fulfilling quotations, orders and correspondence
  • Development of industry and product knowledge to enhance client service

Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Minimum 1 of year experience in industrial sales or related customer service field (counter sales experience preferred)
  • Experience in industrial settings preferred.
  • Customer Service training preferred
  • Ability to build client relationships through a solutions-based approach
  • Strong organizational and time management skills

What we offer

  • A comprehensive compensation and benefits package
  • Health & Wellness Incentive
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Fun & engaging working environment
  • Free parking

If you would like to be part of a fast-growing, national company and would like to help expand our organization to the next level, we want to hear from you!

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@herculesslr.com. Please indicate which position you are applying to.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Please note: Successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

Sarnia, ON : Operations Supervisor/Inside Sales

Operations Supervisor/Inside Sales

Sarnia, ON

Full-time, Permanent

Who we are

The Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of four distinct companies—Hercules SLR, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales, and Wire Rope Industries Atlantic—with Hercules Machining & Millwright Services as a division of Hercules SLR. We are headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and have been privately owned and operated for over 45 years.

While Hercules has grown into a multitude of industrial sectors, we specialize in equipment, products and services for securing, lifting and rigging applications. As an employer, we focus on continually enhancing the skills and capabilities of our employees and pride ourselves for building and improving upon our cultures of safety and dedicated customer service.

What we are looking for

A strong individual to join us in the role of Operations Supervisor/Inside Sales, in our Sarnia ON branch. Reporting to the Branch Manager, this position is responsible for managing day-to-day operations as well as represent Hercules with a strong positive attitude and a solutions-based approach to their work; all in an effort to ensure optimal client satisfaction.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversees branch activities directly related to production and services; schedule jobs and lead projects to ensure their successful completion
  • Responsible for the day-to-day interactions and sales functions between clients, Territory Managers and the product supply functions within Hercules
  • Plan, directs and coordinates branch employees, preparing work schedules and assigning specific tasks
  • Manage branch inventory: lead and participate physical inventory counts, ensure negative inventory is at $0, ensure inventory adjustment sheets are submitted and proper investigation has been completed
  • Open order review to ensure all orders are completed for shipping and billing
  • Client service via telephone, in-person and electronic communications
  • Development of industry and product knowledge to enhance client service

Qualifications:

  • A university/college degree preferably in Business Management or a related discipline, or a combination of a high school diploma and relevant work experience
  • Minimum 1 of year experience in industrial sales or related customer service field (counter sales experience preferred)
  • Prior management or supervisory experience preferred
  • Previous experience in the related industry preferred
  • Ability to build client relationships through a solutions-based approach
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable

What we offer

  • A comprehensive compensation and benefits package
  • Health & Wellness Incentive
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Fun & engaging working environment
  • Free parking

If you would like to be part of a fast-growing, national company and would like to help expand our organization to the next level, we want to hear from you!

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@herculesslr.com. Please indicate which position you are applying to.

Please note: Successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Hamilton, ON : Rope Technician/Rigger Associate

Rope Technician/Rigger Associate

Hamilton, ON

Full-time, Permanent

Who we are

The Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of four distinct companies—Hercules SLR, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales, and Wire Rope Industries Atlantic—with Hercules Machining & Millwright Services as a division of Hercules SLR. We are headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and have been privately owned and operated for over 45 years.

While Hercules has grown into a multitude of industrial sectors, we specialize in equipment, products and services for securing, lifting and rigging applications. As an employer, we focus on continually enhancing the skills and capabilities of our employees and pride ourselves for building and improving upon our cultures of safety and dedicated customer service.

What we are looking for

A strong self-starter to join us in the role of Rope Technician/Rigger Associate in Hamilton, ON. Reporting to the Branch Manager, the Rigger Associate prepares customer orders as per ISO and company work instructions; ensuring product quality standards are consistently met.

Key Responsibilities

  • Fabricates, set ups, and repairs rigging, supporting structures, hoists, and pulling gear, using hand and power tools according to customer requirements
  • Cut wire rope and bend strands to meet specifications
  • Follow Quality Control Procedures, as per ISO 9001:2000
  • Ensure a quality product is produced, as per the company quality standards
  • Organize, clean, and ensure overall maintenance of the rigging workspace
  • Maintain an efficient production speed with minimal quality issues
  • Responsible for inventory accuracy by recording items used in production
  • Process and requisition of materials and supplies for the rigging department
  • Ensure inventory is stored in an appropriate manner to ease accessibility and identification, and reduce the potential for damage to products

Qualifications

  • High school diploma, or equivalent
  • Rigging course or equivalent relevant experience is an asset
  • Previous experience working with wire rope is considered a strong asset
  • Able to safely lift 50 lbs. from floor level to waist level

What we offer

  • Comprehensive compensation and benefits package
  • Company Group Insurance Coverage
  • Pension Plan
  • Health and Wellness Incentive

If you would like to be part of a fast-growing, national company and would like to help expand our organization to the next level, we want to hear from you!

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@herculesslr.com. Please indicate which position you are applying to.

Please note: Successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

What’s a Banksman? An Important Rigging Role

What’s a Banksman? An Important Rigging Role

Have you ever needed to back your vehicle out of a difficult position and had a friend grab a better vantage point to guide you? In these situations, you may be able to hear your guide – but oftentimes rely on them signaling you to move, turn, or stop using hand signals.

Now, imagine that on the scale of operating a crane! A crane operator can’t hear you. So when your team removes an old rooftop unit and positions a new one, the people on the ground and on the rooftop must use established hand signals to communicate safely with the crane operator – that’s the role of the banksman! Of course, that’s boiling it down a bit, but largely the banksman is in charge of crane movements from the point of loading to unloading. A banksman may also control the movements of other equipment such as an excavator, by carefully monitoring the bucket for any obstructions or underground services. They often do this using a system of hand signals along with possibly a radio system.

Why the Worksite Needs a Banksman 

The role of the banksman is one of the most important roles on the worksite. Ask any crane operator and they will tell you that one of the main factors for a successful project is coordination. Working in-sync with your team on the ground is not only crucial for safety but can help your project run smoothly, on schedule and keep the boss happy. With absolute precision and accuracy needed for a job, being able to clearly communicate direction is critical – but this is not always an easy task.

It’s easy to imagine needing to use hand signals when communicating to the crane operator, but they are also needed on the ground. Construction sites can be exceptionally loud and busy, meaning verbal communication is at risk of being drowned out by roaring machinery.

As the eyes and the ears of a dedicated area or crane, a banksman carries many responsibilities.  Before a person can direct the operation of a crane they must first undergo formal training and complete a qualification in crane signaling. In training, a person will not only develop an understanding of standard hand signals, but they will also be required to become familiar with many different types of cranes, how each crane functions and any hand signals specific to particular equipment. The trainee banksman is required to grasp an understanding of the large library of signals without any memory prompts and show competence in recalling these during an examination by a third-party provider.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard method of signaling must be used when operating a crane unless non-standard hand signals are discussed during the pre-job meeting. OSHA enforces standards and training requirements for safe working environments across multiple industries, including construction in the United States.

Train to be a Rigger Slinger Banksman with Hercules Training Academy 

OVERVIEW

This training course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and practical skills of lifting and rigging to enable them to prepare, sling and release loads in an offshore environment. This is a 3-day program that combines theory and practical training. Students are evaluated by means of a written test and practical evaluation. Upon successful completion of the program, a certificate will be issued.

This program meets and exceeds the standards for offshore rigging set by:

CONTENT 
  • Regulations, standards, associations
  • Risk management
  • Rigging plan
  • Calculating load weight
  • Rigging triangle
  • Load control
  • Sling angles and the center of gravity
  • Rigging equipment (slings, hitches, hardware, hooks)
  • Pre-use inspection
  • Duties & responsibilities of the rigger and banksman
  • Communications (radio and hand signals)
  • Personnel transfer
  • Container inspection
  • Practical applications of the equipment and principles

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF

*PPSSTTTT… If you’re from or near Mount Pearl, NL, this course will be offered on Sep 28-30. Contact training@herculesslr.com for more info or to register! 

Keeping the Worksite Safe

The banksman is also responsible for preventing injury and accidents to the best of their ability, this is done by following strict procedure during crane operation, for instance standing in clear view of the crane operator, ensuring the operating area is clear of people or hazardous objects and performing one signal at a time to avoid confusion.

Safety is the number one concern for crane operators, a person performing the hand signals stand at a vantage point which allows them to view the load area from a perspective that is not visible to the crane operator. From this point, the signal person is able to confirm whether a maneuver is safe to perform and halt all activity if they observe a potential risk.

Cranes have incredible capabilities however if operated incorrectly, they can pose a significant danger to construction workers on the site and in some cases the public.  Hand signals have been established as a reliable, low tech and universal way to improve safety during operation and avoid accidents.

The Hand Signals

This age-old technique is used by crane operators across the world, aiding them to accurately receive unmistakable directions without the need for fancy equipment or even words!

Download your Hercules, handy reference sheet illustrating the correct hand signals here

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF OSHA STANDARD METHOD HAND SIGNALS.


Langley, BC : Warehouse Associate

Warehouse Associate

Langley, BC

Full-time, Permanent

Who we are

The Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of four distinct companies—Hercules SLR, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales, and Wire Rope Industries Atlantic—with Hercules Machining & Millwright Services as a division of Hercules SLR. We are headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and have been privately owned and operated for over 45 years.

While Hercules has grown into a multitude of industrial sectors, we specialize in equipment, products and services for securing, lifting and rigging applications. As an employer, we focus on continually enhancing the skills and capabilities of our employees and pride ourselves for building and improving upon our cultures of safety and dedicated customer service.

What we are looking for

A strong self starter to join us as a Warehouse Associate in our Langley BC branch. Reporting to the manager, this role is to assist with various functions in the warehouse including the production area to ensure customers’ needs are met.

Key Responsibilities

  • Prepare, package and schedule out-going shipments with transport companies
  • Ship customer orders and branch transfers ensuring all required paperwork is complete and accurate
  • Obtain rate and spot quotes for shipments
  • Track shipments as required
  • Receive, unload, sort orders and inter-company transfers accurately and in a timely manner
  • Maintains accurate bin locations for all goods in the warehouse

Qualifications

  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in a warehouse environment
  • Computer experience and attention to detail
  • Previous training in forklift operation

What we offer

  • A comprehensive compensation and benefits package
  • Health & Wellness Incentive
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Fun & engaging working environment
  • Free parking

If you would like to be part of a fast growing, national company, and are motivated by being a part of the growth that will take our organization to the next level, we want to hear from you!

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@herculesslr.com. Please indicate which position you are applying to.

Please note: Successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Dartmouth, NS : Marketing Analyst-Digital Marketer

Marketing Analyst-Digital Marketer

Dartmouth, NS

Full-time, Permanent

Who we are

The Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of four distinct companies—Hercules SLR, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales, and Wire Rope Industries Atlantic—with Hercules Machining & Millwright Services as a division of Hercules SLR. We are headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and have been privately owned and operated for over 45 years.

While Hercules has grown into a multitude of industrial sectors, we specialize in equipment, products and services for securing, lifting and rigging applications. As an employer, we focus on continually enhancing the skills and capabilities of our employees and pride ourselves for building and improving upon our cultures of safety and dedicated customer service.

What we are looking for

A skilled marketing analyst/digital marketer to be responsible for providing insights into existing and potential products and services from a marketing perspective in support of strategy development.  This includes performing research and analysis on trends, competitors, potential and existing customers, and current campaigns.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute all digital and visual marketing, social media, display advertising campaigns and print media
  • Manage tracking and reporting across ongoing digital marketing campaigns (e.g. Google Ads, Facebook, DCM, etc.)
  • Perform ongoing keyword discovery, expansion and search engine optimization with research and implementation of search engine optimization recommendations
  • Provide analytic reports of online sales and other relevant data
  • Create detailed dashboards to deliver standardized reporting for site and campaign performance according to business objectives and KPIs
  • Collaborate with the business team to uncover insights and strategies to develop and implement marketing and branding strategies for new and existing products, internally and externally
  • Consult with clients and internal project teams on projects requiring web analytics platform selection, implementation and/or existing platform remediation, and provide recommendations
  • Establishing and define benchmarks and projections for digital marketing tactics
  • Data visualization and storytelling expertise

Qualifications

  • Business and/or Marketing Degree
  • 3 to 5 years of related experience
  • Experience in digital marketing, social media management and search engine optimization experience
  • Experience in sales, marketing and brand management
  • Experience in Application of data and marketing research analysis
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat)
  • Advanced knowledge of website analytics/tools (e.g. Google Analytics, Adwords, Hootsuite, NetInsight, Omniture, WebTrends, WordPress)

What we offer

  • A comprehensive compensation and benefits package
  • Health & Wellness Incentive
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Fun & engaging working environment
  • Free parking

If you would like to be part of a fast-growing, national company and would like to help expand our organization to the next level, we want to hear from you!

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@herculesslr.com. Please indicate which position you are applying to.

Please note: Successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Dartmouth, NS : Conveyor Belt Technician

Conveyor Belt Technician

Dartmouth, NS

Full-time, Permanent

Who we are

The Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of four distinct companies—Hercules SLR, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales, and Wire Rope Industries Atlantic—with Hercules Machining & Millwright Services as a division of Hercules SLR. We are headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and have been privately owned and operated for over 45 years.

Stellar Industrial Sales is a leader in the supply of industrial products in Eastern Canada. With four locations in Eastern Canada, Stellar Industrial is well positioned to service all of your requirements. From industrial or hydraulic hose to conveyor belting or industrial supplies, Stellar Industrial can fulfill your needs. As an employer, we focus on continually enhancing the skills and capabilities of our employees and pride ourselves for building and improving upon our cultures of safety and dedicated customer service.

What we are looking for

A strong, self starter to join our team as a Conveyor Belt Technician for our Stellar Industrial Sales branch in Dartmouth NS. Reporting to the Warehouse Manager, the Conveyor Belt Technician works with lightweight conveyor belting to manufacture and repair, install belts as well as provide excellent customer service.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manufacture conveyor belts to customer specifications
  • Complete inspections on belts before sending to customers
  • Prepare packaging and verify all documents before sending completed orders to shipping department
  • Maintain accurate bin locations for all goods in the warehouse

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Millwright or industrial mechanic background would be an asset
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Accurate with details and measuring, able to perform basic math calculations
  • Forklift Operator Safety Training an asset
  • Be available for overtime when needed to meet customer requirements

What we offer

  • A comprehensive compensation and benefits package
  • Health & Wellness Incentive
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Fun & engaging working environment
  • Free parking

If you would like to be part of a fast growing, national company, and are motivated by being a part of the growth that will take our organization to the next level, we want to hear from you!

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@herculesslr.com. Please indicate which position you are applying to.

Please note: Successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Truro, NS : Branch Manager

Branch Manager

Truro, NS

Full-time, Permanent

Who we are

The Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of four distinct companies—Hercules SLR, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales, and Wire Rope Industries Atlantic—with Hercules Machining & Millwright Services as a division of Hercules SLR. We are headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and have been privately owned and operated for over 45 years.

Since 1975, Hercules MMS (formerly Fundy Grinding) has been providing customers with quality machining and millwright services. Over time, the company has grown exponentially from providing these services locally to working across Canada and around the globe.

What we are looking for

A strong leader to join us in the role of Branch Manager, overseeing our Machining and Millwright shop in Truro, NS. Reporting directly to the General Manager, the Branch Manager is responsible for managing all critical functions within the branch to ensure efficiency, safety and profitability. The Branch Manager takes responsibility for growth and development of their team as well as champions continuous improvement initiatives that help Hercules transform customer satisfaction into customer loyalty.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manages and coordinates branch activities with direct reports, sales and administration staff
  • Directs and coordinates branch financial and planning activities to fund operations, maximize investment and increase profitability
  • Establishes and implements branch policies, goals and objectives that are in line with the company strategy and communicate changes to all employees
  • Develops the operating budget and sales forecasts for the branch
  • Reviews branch performance data (financial statements, sales activity reports) to monitor productivity and achievement of results; and make cost and program adjustments
  • Prepares job quotes, bids, contact current and potential customers to drive sales
  • Establishes a working environment that fosters employee engagement and productivity
  • Implements company Performance Management program for employees
  • Mentors employees in career and professional development
  • Ensures a quality product is produced based on company and customer standards/expectations and specified requirements

Qualifications

  • A university/college degree preferably in Business Management or a related discipline, or a combination of a high school diploma and relevant work experience
  • Management experience in operations is required
  • Millwright or Machinist background is required
  • Experience in project management and overseeing large projects
  • Exposure to sales, accounting, management, and marketing
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient with computers using email and Microsoft Office
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with customers, vendors, supervisors, peers, and subordinates
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and be insurable

What we offer

  • A comprehensive compensation and benefits package
  • Health & Wellness Incentive
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Fun & engaging working environment
  • Free parking

If you would like to be part of a fast-growing, national company and would like to help expand our organization to the next level, we want to hear from you!

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@herculesslr.com. Please indicate which position you are applying to.

Please note: Successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

Please note: Successful candidates must provide a driver’s abstract with driving records from the Department of Motor Vehicles showing less than 6 demerit points loss in the last 3 years and no criminal infraction on traffic laws and no responsible accidents other than the ones on file

We thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Hamilton, ON : Shipper Receiver

Shipper/Receiver

Hamilton, ON

Full-time, Permanent

Who we are

The Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of four distinct companies—Hercules SLR, Spartan Industrial Marine, Stellar Industrial Sales, and Wire Rope Industries Atlantic—with Hercules Machining & Millwright Services as a division of Hercules SLR. We are headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and have been privately owned and operated for over 45 years.

While Hercules has grown into a multitude of industrial sectors, we specialize in equipment, products and services for securing, lifting and rigging applications. As an employer, we focus on continually enhancing the skills and capabilities of our employees and pride ourselves for building and improving upon our cultures of safety and dedicated customer service.

What we are looking for

A full-time Shipper/Receiver worker in our Hamilton, ON branch. Reporting to the Manager, this role is to assist with various functions in the warehouse with a focus in shipping and receiving.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare, package and schedule out-going shipments with transport companies
  • Ship customer orders and branch transfers ensuring all required paperwork is complete and accurate
  • Obtain rate and spot quotes for shipments
  • Track shipments as required
  • Receive, unload, sort orders and inter-company transfers accurately and in a timely manner
  • Maintains accurate bin locations for all goods in the warehouse

Qualifications:

  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license and be insurable
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in a warehouse environment (preferably in shipping/receiving)
  • Computer experience and attention to detail
  • Previous training in forklift operation

What we offer

  • A comprehensive compensation and benefits package
  • Health & Wellness Incentive
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Fun & engaging working environment
  • Free parking

If you would like to be part of a fast growing, national company, and are motivated by being a part of the growth that will take our organization to the next level, we want to hear from you!

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@herculesslr.com. Please indicate which position you are applying to.

Please note: Successful candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check as a condition of employment.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.