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MAY 2011 THE RIDER /49


Olympia Fabric Structures Dealers and Staff become BriteSpan Building Systems


A new company called “BriteSpan Building Systems” is being formed by Ben Hogervorst, President and founder of Olympia Fabric Structures. As you will recall, this spring Cover-All Building Sys- tems of Ontario lost their supply of fabric covered buildings when their supplier, Cover-All Buildings Inc of Saskatchewan, went into receivership in late March, 2010.


Ben recalls the event. “It was a time of much stress. For two months, we were unsure of what was going to happen; was Cover-All going to be able to re-orga- nize?; was someone going to buy them and continue to supply us? ; was the plant going to be changed to something com- pletely different? All these questions kept going round with no apparent answer in the near future. Customers were wonder- ing what was going to happen to them as well.”


Ben and his wife Jenny started Cover-All Building Systems of Ontario 16 years ago. “Our heart and soul were in this company, it was one of our babies”, says Jenny Hogervorst. Customers, their dealers and staff were very important to the Hogervorst’ and they knew time was of the essence. The decision was made in June 2010 to launch their own new com- pany, Olympia Fabric Structures. They partnered with Rob Stute of Maitland Welding in Wingham to manufacture the trusses and steel components. Locally, this has created 10 new jobs, with approx- imately another 10-20 in 2011.


The first was that a similarly named build- ing company threatened to take legal action and the second was, upon further investigation, the same company was hav- ing trouble trade marking their name (so we were told) due to conflict with one of the Olympic associations.


They have 3 main components to their mission. First, to extend a similar ongoing fabric warranty schedule with previous Cover-All Ontario customers, so that they would not be left stuck. Second, was to get up and running quickly so their dealer network could stay in tack to sup- ply their customers with needed buildings. Third, to design a building that could easi- ly match up to existing Cover-All, allow- ing customers to add onto their buildings without it looking any different. The first building was manufactured and on customers site by July 30th. “Can’t say our first few buildings were the most efficient to manufacture, but we got them done as promised”, says Hogervorst as he laughs.


So why the name change? “There are a couple reasons, says Hogervorst.


Regardless, we certainly did not want a conflict with any Olympic organi- zation. “BriteSpan” is exactly


what we do; we provide a free span build- ing with a bright environment for whatev- er it is covering. It is great for all livestock as it promotes health; it is great for farm equipment or any type of commercial storage because it is high and you can see what you are working on without any dark shadows. BriteSpan will assume all Olympia Fabric Structures warranties. It will also carry on with the 3 main compo- nents of Olympia Fabric Structures mis- sion mentioned earlier. BriteSpan will go online February 8, 2011 at www.brites- panbuildings.com.


So how did the balance of 2010 turn out for Olympia Fabric Structures? “Well, Hogervorst says, it was great! We retained 12 of our 14 dealers in Ontario and picked


up a few ex-Cover-All dealers in North America. We did help out a number of past Cover-All Ontario customers with new covers by pro-rating their cost as Cover-All would have done. There were at least 3 customers for whom we extend- ed the length of their existing Cover-All buildings and that went very smoothly. So any more “news”? “Well, life has a way of throwing you a curveball; you just have to make the best of it. We are quite excited about 2011 as we will be launching a couple more product lines our customers have been asking for. One thing our customers can count on is a very well engineered and well manufactured building. Our dealers have definitely noticed the difference. The steel is signifi- cantly heavier and stronger. Customers will receive great value for their money. I have learned a great deal about engineer- ing. Yet, it is just the tip of the iceberg. Design changes to our trusses (that added features and strength) are unique and new to this industry. We are indeed looking to a “Brite” future, supplying many cus- tomers with great buildings and creating new Ontario jobs in the process. .


Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. Expands Partnership with Equine Canada


Ottawa, ON—Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. has expanded its partnership with Equine Canada and has earned the designa- tion, “Official Supplement Supplier of Equine Canada.” A Canadian owned company, Omega Alpha Pharmaceuti- cals Inc. has been a longtime supporter of Canada’s equestrian athletes through individual sponsorships and a partnership with the Canadian Eventing Team.


our educational programs and our products, which target the specific needs of equine athletes and their riders, the message we want to convey through this partnership with Equine Canada is that with Omega Alpha products you can achieve better health for better performance naturally.”


About Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc.


Under the expanded partnership, Omega Alpha Pharma- ceuticals Inc. will now extend its financial and supply sponsor- ship support to include the disciplines of dressage and show jumping. Horses from these three disciplines will also be con- sidered for the ‘Omega Alpha Horse of the Month’ award, which recognizes a performance of exceptional merit. “We are extremely excited about the sponsorships we have formed with Equine Canada. With our original sponsorship of the Canadian Eventing Team, we took great pride in watching them capture the silver medal at the World Equestrian Games in 2010,” said Dr. Gordon Chang, president, Omega Alpha Phar- maceuticals Inc. “It was only fitting to expand the ‘Omega Alpha Horse of the Month’ program to recognize exceptional performances in Canada’s jumping and dressage horses.” Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. will continue to be the “Official Supplement Supplier to the Canadian Eventing Team,” but will now also become official sponsors of both Jump Cana- da and Dressage Canada as well.


Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. is Canadian owned and incorporated in 1992, and with the approval of Health Canada, Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals has concentrated its efforts into producing and manufacturing herbal supplements and remedies. As a pharmaceutical company, all herbal supplements and health products manufactured by Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. are done so following rigid standards and uncompromising quality. Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc. specializes in for- mulations for enhancing equine health and performance, using the finest natural ingredients available. For a list of the wide range of products for the optimum health and performance of humans, equines and pets, please visit www.OmegaAlpha.ca.


About Equine Canada


“We are grateful that as a major Canadian equine health company, Omega Alpha Pharmaceuticals Inc., is making this landmark investment in Canadian equestrianism. It will benefit Canadian horse people from the grassroots to the international arenas,” remarked Equine Canada CEO, Akaash Maharaj. Dr. Chang added, “It continues to be our pleasure to work with some of the greatest names in equestrian sports. Through


equestrianism. A member-driven, charitable institution, it is the executive branch of the Canadian Equestrian Team, and the national authority for equestrian competition; the national voice for recreational riders; and the national association for equine welfare, breeding, and industry. Equine Canada is recognised by the Government of Canada, the International Equestrian Fed- eration (FEI), and the Canadian Olympic Committee as the national organisation representing equestrian sport and equine interests. For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.


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