The two companies under the Brant banner may differ when it comes to their products and markets served, but they’re unified when it comes to one thing. “Quality is at the forefront of what we do,” says Derrick Hexamer, general manager of Brant Corrosion Control, the older of the two Brantford, Ontario-based companies. “We have adapted to a lot of specifications, which have gotten more and more stringent over the years. We have the people in place who can handle and administer those specifications very well.”
Founded in 1984 as a two-man operation, Brant Corrosion Control today has more than 70 employees operating out of a 69,000-square-foot facility. The company’s offerings include protective coating and linings for tanks, vessels, pipes, fans, agitators and other specialty fabrications. Brant Corrosion Control’s main markets are the mining and water treatment tank industries, but it also serves other industries including the oil and gas, industrial manufacturing, chemical processing, food and beverage, and pulp and paper and power markets.
The company’s clients include Barrick Gold, with which it has an ongoing contract at the global gold exploration company’s mining operations in the Dominican Republic. This contract includes on-site rubber repair for equipment, tanks and agitators. Hexamer says he hopes to expand the relationship to include tank relining and other services.
“It’s always been our goal to be the biggest and best coating provider in North America,” Hexamer says of the company. “Our quality stays current and exceeds that of all of our customers.” Brant Corrosion Control is a member of the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) and National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE). The company is also a recognized Level III (expert) qualified contractor in 3M’s coating contractor qualification program for spray-applied interior vessel coatings.
The company also provides project management services. “Our project management systems ensure that all work performed by Brant meets and exceeds customer expectations,” the company says. “We accomplish this by being experts in the industrial application of protective coatings. Our skilled personnel offers this service at our facility and can also mobilize to any site worldwide.”
A Successful Extension
Brant Corrosion Control’s sibling company, Brant Industrial Roll, was formed in 1994 as a product line extension of the coating and lining business. Over time, Brant Industrial Roll grew to be large enough to have its own management and facility adjacent to Brant Corrosion Control.
Brant Industrial Roll specializes in providing covered rubber and polyurethane covered rolls and cast urethane parts to OEMs and industries including steel mills and other industrial manufacturers, and the pulp, paper and wood markets. “We are known for the quality of our products and the innovative materials we use,” General Manager Brian Sheedy says. Brant Industrial Roll’s other services include repair, grooving, crowning, balancing, non-destructive testing, new core fabrication and bearing removal and reinstallation.
Both Brant Corrosion Control and Brant Industrial Roll have been divisions of TF Warren Group since the early 2000s. The parent company has helped both divisions improve.
TF Warren Group’s other divisions, including fabrication specialist Tarsco and Blastech, a steel plate blasting and painting provider, have collaborated with Brant Corrosion Control on past projects. These projects include the construction of eight field lined tanks at the Port of Hamilton, Ontario, and one shop-lined tank for a nickel-processing facility located in Long Harbour, Newfoundland. Brant Corrosion Control provided rubber lining for the tanks, the largest of which was 50 feet in diameter and 50 feet tall.
Pre-primed plate supplied by Blastech’s Mobile, Ala., division was shipped to Blastech in Brantford for application of the exterior coating system. Construction and erection in Hamilton were performed by Tarsco and rubber lined by Brant Corrosion Control in the field. The project was complete in 2012.
“It is unique when four distinct companies under the same ownership can provide joined services,” Sheedy says. “This ability gives our clients cost benefits as well as enhanced communication between project partners.”
Other recent projects include lining 12 site and one shop lined thickener tanks in Miramichi, New Brunswick. The project, which Hexamer called the largest in Brant Corrosion Control’s history, was completed in 2012.