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Northern Strands Supplies Big Ice Services With Rigging to Lift and Pull Truck Out of Ice

It's not every day a truck falls through ice and the solution to lifting the truck out is adding more ice, but that was what Big Ice Services had to do to lift a truck out of Slave River near Fort Chipewyan. The truck was stuck in very thin ice on the fast-moving Slave River. To safely remove the truck, Big Ice Services had to spend almost a month thickening the ice with their state-of-the-art ice-making equipment. Once the ice was thick enough they had to set up a lifting apparatus around the truck. Big Ice Services contacted Northern Strands to procure the rigging equipment needed for the job. A variety of rigging equipment was needed, including Aircraft Cable, Bright Steel Cable, Wire Rope Slings, Shackles, Sockets, Web Slings, Fall Protection Equipment, and other Rigging Accessories. It took Big Ice Services about five hours to successfully cut the truck out of the ice and then additional time to rig the truck (with ice attached) lifting it out of the ice. In total, the truck and ice weighed in excess of 30,000lbs. Great job Big Ice Services!

This particular job has gone viral online and CBC interviewed the owner of Big Ice Services, Ray Rossington, for the story. You can watch it here https://twitter.com/CBCTheNational/status/1376474218989191173

Big Ice Services is a very diverse company and we suggest visiting their website to learn more about their capabilities and services http://bigiceservices.ca/

Contact Northern Strands next time your company requires rigging, industrial supplies, or equipment.

We are proudly Saskatchewan owned and operated







Spring Tow Strap Sale at Northern Strands. 45% to 55% off!

Farmers … before seeding, make sure it’s smooth sailing when you get out on the field. Has your tow strap seen better days?  Need a tow strap with a higher breaking strength for when you're really stuck?

Northern Strands has the solution with Tow Straps on sale at 45% to 55% off regular price!!  Don’t be stuck in the field without a new tow strap. Shop online with Northern Strands TODAY! https://shop.northernstrands.com/towing/tow-straps/ Or visit our Saskatoon, Regina or Esterhazy locations. 

45% to 55% off Tow straps at Northern Strands … hello spring in Saskatchewan!

The sale ends April 16, 2021. While quantities last




Big Announcement…Northern Strands Launches E-Commerce Website!

You can now shop online with Northern Strands! We are extremely excited to announce that Northern Strands has launched our very own E-Commerce Shopping Website, https://shop.northernstrands.com/. How and why did this come about? Last year, our Outside Sales Team brought forward customer requests asking if they can buy our products online. They thought it more convenient and time-saving to shop online through an E-Commerce Website. We agree that online purchasing is beginning to eclipse traditional purchasing methods. Northern Strands recognized that it was time to take on the challenge of creating a website where customers could purchase directly from Northern Strands online.

Northern Strands put together a team of employees to head up the project and started down the path of creating the E-Commerce Shopping Website. We researched what it would take to create, launch, and manage an E-Commerce site. We partnered with Big Commerce as their platform was one of the best and it also fits our business model. After several months of working on our new Northern Strands E-Commerce Website we are proud to say our hard work paid off. We have a great clean- looking, functional, and easy-to-use website! https://shop.northernstrands.com/    

During the initial stages of the Northern Strands Shopping Website, not all products will be available for online purchase. As the saying goes, “All great things have small beginnings.”

We currently have the following products available for online purchase: Load Binders, Ratchet Straps, Grade 100 Connecting Links & Hooks, Round Slings, Web Slings, Tow Straps, and ATV Winch Lines.

New products are being added weekly until Northern Strands’ thousands of industrial rigging, equipment, and supplies are available for online purchase.  

Northern Strands wants to make sure that we have the lowest prices in the industry on our listed products. We went online and compared our product pricing to the competition and discovered that NORTHERN STRANDS HAS THE LOWEST PRICES ON HIGH-QUALITY RIGGING, TOWING, AND LOAD SECUREMENT PRODUCTS IN WESTERN CANADA!

Enjoy the savings and shop now at https://shop.northernstrands.com/

Or contact us at

Phone: 306-242-7073 or Toll-free at 1-800-242-7073

Email: sales@northernstrands.com

Northern Strands is Saskatchewan owned and operated. 

Northern Strands designs ground-breaking Grain Spout Winch System for AG Terminals

Northern Strands AG Terminal Division was contacted by Grain Terminal asking if we could provide a solution for what had become a consistent issue. The telescopic grain spout that loads railcars consistently fails after a period of time and the customer wanted to know if there was potential for a better design. 

Our Project Manager was sent to the terminal to investigate and see if there was potential for a better design. The cause of failure was the grain spout going up and down repeatedly, causing the cable to wear in the same spot as it travels back and forth past the guide pulleys. Eventually, the cable breaks, and the spout ends up in the rail car. Resulting in an emergency repair and unplanned downtime
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Northern Strands designed a system to address this problem for what is considered a critical asset.
The new design included:  
  • Upgraded to a single grooved drum winch with special end devices to monitor even cable distribution.
  • Larger high-quality snatch blocks were installed for a better D/d ratio.
  • Improved fleet angles.
The customer was very satisfied with the end result. They now have an improved system that will last indefinitely, is safer, and now has a system in place that will not require frequent emergency grain spout repairs. 

Northern Strands can create similar custom grain spout systems like this for any AG Terminal or industry that uses similar systems.

Northern Strands AG Terminal Equipment and Services Division 
Email: cprogresssioner@northernstrands.com
Phone: 306-242-7073

Northern Strands, a company built on safety leads by example in 2020

Safety was at the top of mind for everyone in 2020. Like the rest of the world, we were faced with developing protocols focused on reducing the transmission of Covid-19 while continuing to manage work-place safety. At Northern Strands in 2020 we managed to successfully handled implementing Covid-19 best practices and had our best year in workplace safety. We followed all government Covid regulations and recommendations. Our Health and Safety team worked around the clock to implement internal policies, react quickly to announced changes and communicate these changes to staff. They continually stressed the importance of following current regulations in the workplace. Employees physically distanced, washed hands, used hand sanitizer, and wore masks. Northern Strands implemented enhanced cleaning, put up physical barriers, modified showrooms, staggered lunches, and the list goes on.

 Although great effort and time was devoted to Covid safety, Workplace safety remained a priority. Regular employee virtual safety meetings replaced the standard in-person meetings. With an emphasis on preventative safety measures and maintaining a safe work environment, Northern Strands Management, our Covid Pandemic Committee, and employees put a year-around focus on workplace safety and the result was a serious injury-free year. We are proud to say Northern Strands had a TRIF(total recordable incident frequency), score of zero in 2020. This means we had zero recordable injuries in 2020! This is a huge accomplishment for Northern Strands and its employees. It shows that our company and employees value a safe working environment.

One of the reasons our employees understand the importance of safety is because many of them work in the "Safety" industry. Three of Northern Strands Divisions offer safety services and equipment: our Engineered Fall Protection, Safety Training, and our Industrial Rigging, Equipment & Supplies Division. Furthermore, Northern Strands has employees working in industries that put extreme importance on safety. The Canadian mining industry has strict safety requirements and requires contractors to have a low TRIF score to work on site. Northern Strands excellent TRIF rating allows us the privilege of working with Canadian Mining Companies. Northern Strands is literally a company built on safety. 

Northern Strands also supplies the construction, mining, and agriculture industries with safety gear and equipment. We sell Fall Protection Harnesses, Lanyards, SRLs, Roofer Kits, Dog Leashes, Grain Bin Fall Protection, and more.

Another safety accolade Northern Strands received this year was the Silver Safety Award from the AWRF(Associated Wire Rope Fabricators), for having a green rating. This is awarded to companies that have a low LTIR(total lost time incident report), and TRIR(Total Recordable Incident Rate).

We are confident that Northern Strands and its employees will have another exemplary safety record in 2021. We will remain educated, diligent, and remember that a company that provides Safety Training, Engineered Fall Protection, and Safety Products should and will lead by example! We wish everyone a safe and happy New Year.

 To learn more about: 

Safety Training Courses visit https://www.northernstrands.com/training.aspx :

  • Below the Hook Rigging
  • Fall Arrest
  • Air Winch Safety
  • Wirelock® Socketing
  • Crosby® Rigging
  • Suspended Access Equipment
  • Overhead Traveling Crane Operator

  • Engineered Fall Protection services visit https://www.northernstrands.com/fall-protection.aspx

    Industrial Rigging, Equipment & Supplies visit https://www.northernstrands.com/wire-rope-rigging.aspx

    or contact us by:
    Phone 306-242-7073
    Email info@northernstrands.com