Northgate Industries Ltd. History: See How We Got Our Start


Sid Braaksma: Founder

Sid Braaksma immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1952. After completing a four-year apprenticeship, Sid earned a Journeyman Machinist Certificate from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. It was in those early years that he turned his interest to modular structures and was able to sharpen his skills and learn the business.

In 1968, Sid invested all his assets into a supply business of trailer parts and by 1969, he was selling RVs. Sid also began renovating industrial modular buildings in a 9000-square-foot facility. He quickly recognized the potential in the modular structure market.

In 1970 Founder Sid Braaksma incorporated Northgate Trailer Industries Ltd. And spent most of his time selling and leasing recreational vehicles. In 1973, Northgate began offering field repair service to the petroleum and construction industries, then by fall he was leasing industrial modular buildings.

By 1976 Northgate Industries Ltd., began manufacturing modular structures, ranging from basic industrial trailers and camp facilities to more sophisticated complexes such as ofice, schools and medical facilities.

To further Northgate’s growth in the 1980’s operations were moved to a 40,000 square-foot facility and production was converted to an assembly line model. In 1986 Northgate expanded to international markets through being awarded a USA military contract for modular structures for a base in Nevada. Soon after the Kan-Bud facility was opened in Poland which accounts for the majority of overseas work performed today.

In 1991 Northgate ventured into turn-key camp solutons and opened its first camp in Calling Lake, Alberta.

To meet increased demand for quality remote modular buildings Northgate expanded its manufacturing facilities in 1998. By 2010 Northgate expanded again to its Acheson facility making total manufacturing space in Western Canada to 240,000 square feed with an important base team of skilled and dedicated employees.

Northgate’s client-first philosophy of the early days is still an integral part of its success today!