History of Can-Jer Industrial Lubricant Co
In the 1940’s, iron ore was excavated and mined north of Atikokan, Ontario by Steep rock Iron Mines and Caland Ore Company. Massive amounts of earth and ore were moved until the mine closures in 1979 and 1980; and we were there as a vital lubricant, equipment and service partner. The equipment challenges of drilling, excavating and then hauling of 60 million tons of high grade ore from the pits at the bottom of Steep Rock Lake demanded lubrication experience that enabled the equipment to operate efficiently 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in punishing and varied Ontario winter and summer environments.
Dan Hoolihan was the Can-Jer salesman who flew his 1947 Stinson float plane throughout Ontario calling on other mines and expanding Can-Jer’s foot print and customer base. When the floats were off at the end of summer, the wheels were put back on the “tail dragger” airplane, and Dan would frequently land directly in the haul roads of the coal, copper, and iron ore mines that he was visiting.
Through it all, our company developed business with and provided Whitmore Lubricants and Lincoln Lubrication equipment to mines that included Iron Ore Company of Canada in Labrador, INCO in Manitoba, Falconridge in Ontario, Luscar and Saskatchewan Power in Saskatchewan, Manalta coal in Alberta and Kaiser Coal Limited in British Columbia.
To service our customers, Can-Jer first established a warehouse and office in Fort Francis, Ontario and then added an additional facility and personnel in Estevan, Saskatchewan.
Through our entire 65 plus years of continuous business in Canada, Can-Jer has focused on providing our customers with exceptional lubricating related knowledge, services, and products. We have invested in our capacity to continuously improve upon our services with increasingly qualified and dedicated service people and support, facilities, inventories, and warehouses.
Can-Jer has the history, experience and ability to provide services and products that keep your industrial equipment running smoothly. We recognize change. We seize opportunity with new methods and emerging technologies to better serve our customers.
We have a long history, but we continue to embrace the future. With strong values, solid partnerships and forward thinking, we help our customers do the same.