Thordon Bearings has announced the appointment of Millstream Engineering as an authorized distributor for the Southern Ontario and Western Canada regions.
With a presence in Orillia and Burlington, both in Ontario, the company will provide distribution and engineering support to Thordon’s complete portfolio of hydropower, vertical pump, and industrial bearings and seals.
Co-founded by Greg Auger and Alina Stepanians, a former Thordon sales manager and engineer respectively, Millstream Engineering was established to improve coverage and support for these markets.
“There was an opportunity for a new engineering and product company to step in and focus on this important region,” said Auger. “Thankfully, we received a very positive response, with Thordon seeing Millstream as providing a good opportunity to cover more of the Canadian market and to get more of this revolutionary bearing technology out there.”
Commenting on the arrangement, Thordon Bearings’ VP Sales Scott Groves said: “I am pleased that Greg and Alina will remain connected with the Thordon family as the co-founders of Millstream Engineering. We very much value their contribution to the success of our hydro business, in particular, and look forward to their continued success as an essential member of the Thordon Distributor Network.”
While continuing to provide sales support, Millstream is also able to provide Thordon’s hydro and industrial customers with an array of mechanical engineering advisory services.
The two companies have now implemented a transitional process to ensure that all existing projects continue to be handled smoothly. As part of this process, Millstream has taken on some existing accounts and already secured its first projects as a Thordon distributor.
“We have indeed received some new orders,” said Auger, “but these are likely to have come through anyway, so we can’t really take full credit. But technically, yes, they are our first sales.”
Groves added: “With Millstream Engineering we are able to achieve more technical-focused representation in a market area that had before been underrepresented. It’s a win-win all round.”