Aztec Hydraulics Inc. was established in 1984 by Glenn Jones who, with no building and no employees, was armed with just a toolbox as he set out to build a business from the ground up. The company was far from an overnight success, as Glenn fought to earn the trust of customers who were wary of a small company without a “bricks and mortar” location. To make matters worse, a lack of external investment meant that the proceeds of every repair had to be spent on parts and seals for the next repair. However, over a period of time spent eking out small profits, Aztec’s customer base finally grew to the point where it warranted a permanent location and a few employees.
This is when Aztec moved into its first location at 975 Westport Crescent in Mississauga, Ontario. The company first occupied just a single unit of the building (which resembled a storage unit more than an industrial workshop), with new units being added over time as they were required.
Fast forward ten years to 1994, and it was becoming clear that for the company to continue to grow it needed to move into a building that was specifically designed to house the day-to-day operations of an industrial repair firm. Such a move would give Aztec a more professional feel in the eyes of customers, while at the same time presenting several structural advantages including ease of communication between employees, room for new equipment, and bay doors for large jobs entering the building.
In 1994, Aztec and its 15 employees moved to 949 Kamato Road in Mississauga, Ontario (pictured right). The Kamato Road location was a 17,000 square foot freestanding building outfitted with bay doors, offices and space for a workshop - everything the company needed to comfortably continue its growth.
By 2004, the company had outgrown its location on Kamato Road and moved to its current location at 7045B Tomken Road in Mississauga, Ontario. This move was transformational for Aztec, as the 40,000 square foot freestanding building was in the drawing stages when an agreement was reached, presenting the company with a special opportunity to customize the design to suit its unique needs.
Of the resulting customizations, none were more influential than the four 5-ton overhead cranes that were installed during construction (one of which is pictured right). These new cranes allowed Aztec employees to handle jobs that would have been too large to move by hand, enabling the company to take on new sources of work and satisfy the needs of customers in ways it never had before.
As we move into the future the company has showed no signs of slowing down - with new equipment being added throughout the business to further enhance our capabilities, such as a Tuxco HCS-60-L Hydraulic Cylinder Servicer. Furthermore, the summer of 2014 saw Aztec enter the Hose and Fittings industry with a new division that has provided a number of valuable synergies for the company.
Moving forward, we will continue to search for new ways to satisfy the hydraulic needs of our customers and strive to exhibit Leadership Through Quality.