If you live in Cottage Country, chances are the name R&J Machine is well known to you. This family owned and operated company that has spanned three generations, and started as a smaller fabrication and machine shop, has grown to employ over 45 full-time year-round employees with additional help for the Summer season!
The business started in 1975 in the City of Peterborough, carrying snowmobile accessories and repairing motorcycles. Just two years later, they started manufacturing docks, marine railways and boat lifts as well.
In 1987, the business outgrew its location on Parkhill Road East and moved to its present location on County Road 18 between Bridgenorth and Lakefield, Ontario. There the Hicksons decided to discontinue the snowmobile parts aspect of the business and stick with docks, marine railways and other custom work that R&J Machine had become known for.
Over 25 years ago the second generation – son Ryan and daughter Katie – became actively involved in the business. Working alongside their parents the family has expanded even more to increase their production shop to over 20,000 square feet. The family believes that much of their success is because they have always maintained a hands-on approach to the business.
Along with the manufacturing of high quality docks, boat lifts and marine railways, the fabrication of boathouse structures permanent docks, and commercial marina systems has become a large portion of their business.
R&J Machine strives to maintain full-service crews who install the products they manufacture. They believe by doing this they have better control over the finished product – and their client testimonials speak very highly of their hands-on customer service.
“Just a note to say a huge THANK YOU! To you, the welding team and the installation crew that was on site today. Pat and his 3 other crew were awesome! They worked so hard thru heavy rain showers and also braving the cold water temperature to set the dock modules and tighten some screw bolts! Thanks again Derek! I can’t say enough about the crews and the beautiful product that was manufactured by R&J Machine.” – N. Sultmanis
Many customers come to R&J from referrals, or because their parents or grandparents had purchased products in the past. There are folks who purchased docks from them 20 years ago who are now coming back to have their framework redocked, or enlarged. R&J Machine prides themselves on having a high-quality product which stands the test of time, all while offering one-of-a-kind customer service.
“What an unbelievable purchase experience we have had with R&J. Craig is an unbelievable sales rep to deal with, but his after-sales responsiveness and attention has been even more impressive. Every crew that came out as part of the delivery and install have been such a pleasure to deal with and so good at what they do. There wouldn’t be a second thought to calling Craig and using R&J for anything else dock or boat-lift related in the future. Worth every penny we spent and our finished product is absolutely spectacular!” – J. Lazarus
Although most of R&J’s customers reside within a couple hours of their Lakefield facility, the company have been fortunate to take on some custom projects for contracts in the Cayman Islands, Honduras, Bahamas, Netherlands, USA and coast to coast across Canada.
They are distributers for well known products like Dock Edge, Wave Armour PWC Ports, Weeders Digest Oscillators, Kasco Deciders, HitchHinge and more!
Stop by and check out their indoor/outdoor showroom at 1601 Eighth line, which showcases the products they manufacture. You can also shop a full line of dock accessory items including bumpers, cleats, solar lights, flags and flagpoles and even DIY dock hardware and floats.
1601- 8th Line of Selwyn Township, Lakefield