A Rimex employee applies paint to some giant-sized wheel assemblies.

A Rimex employee applies paint to some giant-sized wheel assemblies.

VIDEO: Wheel manufacturer move will bring 190 jobs to Langley

Rimex is a leading supplier of giant-sized wheels and rims to mining industry

Consider it a Christmas present for the Langley economy, one that won’t be unwrapped until this summer.

Rimex, a Surrey-based leading international manufacturer of giant-sized wheel and rim assemblies for mining and industrial industries, is building a new, 106,000 sq. ft. home at 5929 274 St. in the Gloucester Estates industrial park.

It will move 190 jobs to Langley by relocating the company head office and manufacturing facility.

“We’re building for the future, ”said Tyler James, Rimex’s director of sales and business development.

Rimex’s new purpose-built facility will have about 25 per cent more space than the buildings the company is currently based in, a 25-year-old office building and a older, much-modified and expanded separate manufacturing facility that serves as a secondary factory to the main Rimex facility in Agassiz, which has 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

James said the Rimex administration will move in first, in February, with manufacturing finishing it’s move-in around May.

During the last fiscal year, the company used 16 million pounds of steel, up 20 per cent from the previous year, James said.

Even though industry in something of slump at the moment, James said the company is optimistic it will post another increase in the next fiscal year, though not quite as big.

The privately-owned company got started in the Lower Mainland over 40 years ago.

RIMEX Corporate Video from RIMEX on Vimeo.

It currently operates from 18 locations on five continents, serving mining and logging customers in countries like Australia, Indonesia and South Africa as well as Canada and the United States.

It builds tires and rims that are often taller than the workers who built them.

Rimex also manufactures the TyreSense pressure and temperature monitoring system, an advanced system developed in-house.

Rimex will be joining more than 70 other mining-related companies based in Langley that contribute $23.8 million is contributed to the economy, according to a study by the Mining Association of B.C.

READ MORE: B.C. task force aims to grow mining jobs

It estimates there are 3,000 businesses in 125 communities across the province that provide $1.35 billion worth of materials, goods and services to six metal mines and seven coal operations, including more than $460 million of goods and services from 1,200 suppliers located in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Those numbers, the association said, prove all BC communities are mining communities.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Langley Camera Club member Kathy Burton was out walking along the Fraser River near Fort Langley when a barge passed. (Special to the Langley Advance Times)
SHARE: What can be seen strolling along the Fraser River in Langley

Send us your photo showing how you view Langley, and it could be featured in a future edition

A local resident is concerned about the low voter turnout in the recent school board byelection. (Langley Advance Times files)
LETTER: Few Langley residents bothered to vote in school trustee election

A local letter writer wonders why the current situation didn’t prompt more people to cast ballots

An agreement between the City and the Langley Lions Housing Society would set out income and age requirements for the new Birch replacement building (Langley City image)
Agreement on seniors rental building a first for Langley City

Sets several conditions to ensure project is affordable for low- and moderate-income seniors

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

The Kimber family of Boston Bar lost their home in a fire. Blaine Kimber’s daughter created a fundraiser to help rebuild the home with the goal of $100,000. (Screenshot/GoFundMe)
Fundraiser created for Boston Bar family that lost everything in weekend fire

Witnesses say the Kimber family escaped the fire without injury, but their home is a total loss

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Most Read