History timeline

1983
DS Handling Systems Ltd. is founded

DS Handling System’s first projects were installations of conveyor equipment. Purolator, Xerox and Proctor and Gamble were among the first customers to recognize the high quality solutions offered by the company. After the first year success, DS Handling was awarded distributorships by many manufacturers in the conveyor industry.

1995
Moved into a 10,000 sq. ft. facility in Orangeville, ON

As the company established itself and developed nation-wide coverage, a decision was made to move from Brampton, ON into a 10,000 sq. ft. facility in Orangeville, ON. This also provided DS Handling access to a valuable workforce market.

1998
Moved into 53,500 sq. ft. facility

As more capacity was needed, the company decided to invest in a larger facility of 53,500 sq. ft to better serve an increasing customer base.

1998
In-house electrical controls capability

DS Handling decided to develop its service offering and provide electrical engineering services in-house rather than outsource. This also marked the beginning of in-house manufacturing of proprietary control panels and systems.

1999
Acquired Sadler Inc.

By adding new product lines and resources, DS Handling Systems was able to service its market with unparalleled service on turnkey systems, control systems, conveyor components and spare parts supply.

2006
Launched CUNA flexible conveyor line

The CUNA Flexible Conveyor line provided a far more technically advanced system than what was available to the North American Market at the time.

2008
Business Excellence Award in Manufacturing

The Business Excellence Award in Manufacturing was issued by the local Board of Trade for the category “Manufacturers with more than 25 employees”.

2009
Launched “Caddy Cart” and a line of extendable products

DS Handling Systems developed this product as an addition to the CUNA line but also as a valuable addition to our manually operated extendable line of truck loading equipment.

2010
CWB certification under CSA 47.1 standard

All company welding supervisors and welding engineers as well as operators are qualified under the the CWB(Canadian Welding Bureau) certification – CSA 47.1 standard. The company’s welding procedures were reviewed and approved under the same standard.

2013
Moved into a 80,000 sq. ft. facility

Aiming to offer an even wider selection of in-stock products, DS Handling Systems moved to its current location at 595 Riddell Road, Orangeville, Ontario. The facility includes a full service control panel shop, state of the art paint facilities that are large enough to paint structures up to 50’ long, and sizable additions to staff office space.

2014
Acquired Aerdon Lifts

Since 1977, Aerdon Lifts has been manufacturing electric hydraulic scissor lifts. Since that time, the company established itself as one of the leading producers of ergonomic & material handling lift tables, tilt tables & turn tables, as well as AGV and AGC lines of production equipment. 

2015
Monteco Ltd. investment

On September 24, 2015 – Scott Monteith, President and CEO of Monteco Ltd. announced that Monteco acquired a controlling interest in D.S. Handling Systems Limited.

2016
Rebranded as Alfacon Solutions; 70% year over year growth

Alfacon Solutions went through a shift in brand strategy and accomplished a significant transformation of strengthening business processes. The new identity satisfies all of the expectations of what the company has always stood for: high quality engineered material handling equipment. Alfacon strives to move the brand forward while acknowledging the need for continued maturity, diversity and functionality of the entire product and service range offered.