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Anderson's Engineering

n 1946, Duncan Anderson founded a machine shop in Langley, BC. Son Duncan Anderson Jr., was appointed president in 1970 and the company incorporated as Anderson's Engineering in 1972. The younger Anderson was a volunteer firefighter in Langley Township, and in 1970, he fabricated a tanker body for the municipality. A few years later, the company successfully tendered to build another truck for Langley Township, this time a pumper-tanker. Further orders followed, and the business grew at an impressive rate. Anderson's delivered pumpers, tankers, minis, rescues and a few aerial devices to fire departments throughout British Columbia. In the early 80s, orders began to come in from further afield. The company delivered four Mack pumpers to Seattle, Washington in 1981, plus others for departments in Washington State.

In 1986, Anderson's became the distributor for Finland's Bronto Skylift line of elevating platforms. Several Anderson/Brontos were built for fire departments across Canada and in the Pacific Rim in the late 80s and early 90s, until Bronto was purchased by E-One in 1995. During this time, the company also expanded its sales of pumpers and other rigs to departments across Canada. Anderson's also built four aerial trucks for Montréal using Seagrave ladders. This is believed to be the only non-Seagrave use of Seagrave aerials ever recorded, King-Seagrave notwithstanding. After Bronto's purchase by E-One, Anderson's sought partnerships with other aerial manufacturers and formed an association with Smeal in the mid-90s. A number of Smeal-aerial equipped Anderson units were delivered.

After experiencing severe financial difficulties during the latter part of the nineties, Anderson's was forced into bankruptcy in late 2000.

Overall, Anderson's built nearly 400 trucks. Many of their major customers were in British Columbia (Langley Twp., Surrey, Vancouver), but they also sold over two dozen trucks to Montréal, no mean feat in a province with so many apparatus manufacturers of its own. Montréal was and is an enthusiastic user of the Bronto. The City received ten Brontos in 1989 and 1990 (including a massive 170 foot platform on a four-axle Pacific chassis), plus several pumps and aerials. Anderson's also sold quite a few rigs to Ontario departments, plus a few in the Maritimes and western provinces. Other trucks were sold to resource companies for use in Indonesia, Chile, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Brontos also ended up in Guam and Saipan. Although Anderson's didn't rank as one of Canada's largest fire apparatus manufacturers, they had an impressive impact throughout Canada and around the world.
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