Casters Make My World Go Round

Canadian Manufacturing Success Story Celebrates 45 Years


By Sean Delaney

Algood Casters Limited, a Canadian manufacturing success story, is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Algood designs, manufactures, imports, and distributes casters, wheels, and related products. The family-owned company has grown from a small tool & die operation to a global competitor in the caster industry, servicing customers throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. Algood has been in its current 80,000 square foot facility on Fenmar Drive for over 40 years and now employs more than 70 people. It celebrates its 45th anniversary this month.

The company’s history actually dates back to 1960, when founder Max Guttmann formed A & G Dies Limited and began manufacturing dies for all industries, including caster dies. By 1963, capacity had increased, and the company was manufacturing a wide variety of stampings, including a line of casters.

In 1969, the company decided to channel all of its efforts to the caster industry and on February 18 of that year, Algood Casters Limited was born. Algood has enjoyed outstanding success in the past 45 years and is now Canada’s largest caster manufacturer. Management of the company has been passed to sons Craig and Sean Guttmann who are poised to take the company to even greater heights.

“We are guided by the past as look to the future,” says Craig Guttmann, Algood’s President. “Our late father’s tenacity, ingenuity and unbelievable work ethic provide an inspiring example for us. At the same time, we are adopting the most up to date technology and equipment so that we will continue to be competitive in North America and around the world,” said Guttmann.

The company has successfully bucked the outsourcing trend by incorporating and continuously investing in a number of vertical development and production centers including engineering, tool & die making, injection molding and metal stamping. Those “in-sourced” capabilities have enhanced its ability to acquire and service customers and led to numerous notable achievements, including:

  • Recently Surpassing $1M in Sales of Manufacturing Product to China
  • Being Recognized by a huge 3-billion-dollar European Fortune 500 Company as its 2012 Best Supplier for Cost Management

Algood is celebrating its 45th anniversary on Monday February 24, 2014, at its facility at 605 Fenmar Drive in Toronto with an open house for customers, suppliers, and business associates. The day will culminate in a number of presentations. MPP Maris Sergio will be present as will a representative of MP Judy Sgro.

Ultimately, Algood is the unique story of a mid-sized family-owned company in the thick of Canada’s manufacturing sector that is able to thrive and innovate and find its place in a global marketplace.

Published in Emery Village Voice in February 2014

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Algood Casters has manufactured, designed and developed industrial and specialty casters, brakes and wheels since 1969, in capacities from 25 to 65,000 lbs.