Barrie, Ont.–based TNR Industrial Doors is up against huge global competitors—using its agility to provide customizations they can’t match
There are plenty of ways to describe the stretch of time from September to December: it’s back-to-school time, it’s fall, it’s the pre-Christmas rush. But another phenomenon is happening, unbeknownst to most of us: Door season.
“It’s an extremely busy time of year for us,” shares Cathy Buckingham, CEO of TNR Industrial Doors, a Barrie, Ont., company that specializes in automated doors—specifically, the digitally controlled, roll-up variety. TNR ships its doors to industrial companies across Canada, the U.S., Europe and the Middle East for use in warehouses, manufacturing facilities and mining sites. So why so many orders at this time of year? “It’s getting colder,” Buckingham says. “People want to [close up] openings.”
While roll-up doors may seem like a niche product far removed from everyday life, Buckingham says that’s not the case. “If you park underground in Toronto, eight times out of 10 you’re probably driving under one of our doors,” she says. The company also produces fabric doors, high-speed rolling aluminum doors, and doors for the retail and aviation sectors.
After a door-making plant in Barrie moved to the States in 2003, Buckingham decided to start her own outfit, with the help of several other former employees. While…