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Hike Metal Products

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Hike Metal Products

Hike Metal Products is a Wheatley, Ontario-based manufacturer of small to mid-sized boats used for firefighting, lifeboats, research vessels, law enforcement and other rescue and patrol operations. The company also performs ship refitting and metal fabricating.

Founded in 1958, the company's clients are in Canada and United States, with vessels used mostly in the Great Lakes. The company faced financial problems in the 1980s and restructured to meet changing business environment.

Hike's facilities are located within Wheatley Harbour, consisting of a large metal-manufacturing building, outdoor building berths. Assembly of vessels take place outside (vessels over 100 ft in length and inside (less than 100 ft in length). Located along Lake Erie, the business caters to regional buyers, namely Canadian and American clients along the Great Lakes.

Products and Clients

  • Canadian Coast Guard Arun-class lifeboats - 10 boats built
  • Toronto Port Authority David Hornell (ex-TCCA 1) car ferry 2006 and Marylin Bell 1 (ex-TCCA 2) car ferry
  • Chicago Fire Department fireboat Christopher Wheatley 2011 - ship's name and place of manufacturer are the same
  • Baltimore Fire Department fire boat John R. Fraizer 2007
  • Canadian Coast Guard tug research vessel CCGS Shark 1971 - retired 2009
  • Canadian Coast Guard SAR hovercrafts CCGH Siyay and CCGH Sipu Muin 1998
  • Maid of the Mist V 1983
  • Canadian Coast Guard CCGS Goeland training vessel
  • Toronto Police Service Marine Units 1 (dive platform and command vessel), 4 (patrol) and 7 (patrol)
  • Ontario Power Generation Niagara Queen II tug 1992
  • Copasetic - largest ship built by Hike and one of few to be used outside the Great Lakes (Florida)
  • References

    Hike Metal Products Wikipedia


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