Since its inception in 1975, Elrus Aggregate Systems has
grown into a global supplier of aggregate equipment that
is utilized in all kinds of climatic conditions from frigid
“We have sold equipment on five continents,” said Wade Buehler,
the company’s marketing manager. He says that Elrus crushing,
screening and conveying spreads have been put to use as far north
as the Arctic Circle to as far south as Chile and even Antarctica.
The company’s primary focus, however, is Canada and the U.S.,
and for many years the Alberta company has been growing its cus-tomer
base in Saskatchewan.
“We opened our first branch office in Saskatchewan in 2011,” said
Buehler, “but we have been doing business there since the mid 1970s
with companies like Potzus Construction, Bleackley Construction
and Mortimer Brothers Construction.”
He says that Potzus Construction is currently utilizing Elrus
crushing equipment for paving work on Highways 7 and 11 in
Saskatchewan. Another firm, ASL Paving, is using Elrus equipment
to supply material for two new highway overpasses being built in
the Saskatchewan communities of Martensville and Warman.
In addition to a branch office in Saskatoon, Elrus has five oth-er
Canadian locations that offer equipment sales and rentals, ser-vice,
parts and technical support: Calgary and Leduc in Alberta;
Mission, B.C.; Winnipeg, Man.; and Cambridge, Ont. There’s also two
branch offices south of the border, in Colorado Springs, Colo. and
Elrus was founded by Roland Russell, a crushing and screening
contractor in Calgary who was looking to “build a better mousetrap”
to help him in his business.
“Roland always thought there was a better way to do things, so he
designed a couple of pieces of equipment that he built for his own
use. Roland showed them to friends and those first pieces were
bought before he ever had a chance to use them. That’s what set
him on this road,” said Buehler. “Right from the beginning, it was
all about making crushing and screening equipment that was more
productive and easier to use, and in the course of doing all of that,
making it much safer to use, as well.”
After Russell passed away in 2010, Elrus was taken over by
his daughter and long-time company CFO, Carollyne Coulson.
His grandson, Spencer Russell, is Elrus’s field service agent in
Broad product line
Today, Elrus Aggregate Systems sells a wide array of aggregate equip-ment
including crushers, screens, conveyors, feeders and control
vans. The company employs about 190 people and has three man-ufacturing
facilities in Calgary, Alta., Alymer, Ont. and Elvoy, Ariz.
Elrus is also the Western Canada and Ontario dealer for the
complete line of Sandvik crushing and screening equipment, parts
Buehler says all Elrus products are designed with easier access,
service and maintenance features, making it simpler for operators
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