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Building a Factory

Steel buildings can be used in so many ways and typically do best when it comes to industrial uses. It’s industry standard in everything from agriculture to plastic production, so it should come as no surprise that steel structure makes for the best factories across several different industries. It’s important to remember that these usually need to be strong and durable buildings that last for years, which is part of what makes steel so perfect for the job. Here are just a few of the reasons why steel buildings make for the best factories.


Steel structures are buildings that last for years, even decades. If you’re putting up a factory, chances are that it’s a structure that will be used for a long period of time, so having it made from a material with a long lifespan is one of the most important features.

Low Maintenance

Steel is also the perfect material for factories because of how little maintenance it requires in order to stay in good shape. While yearly inspections are always suggested, there will likely be much longer periods of time between fixes and repairs. This will not only make the factory safe for any of the production processes, equipment and staff inside, but also gives you more time to focus on these things rather than the tons of fixes that would come up in structures made from other materials like wood or even concrete, which can be prone to pests like termites or even rotting.


When it comes to steel buildings, they’re resistant to things like bad weather conditions, fire and pests. These are all things that can greatly affect any factory, and even halt production depending on how bad it is. Pests can easily get into structures made mainly from wood and compromise the safety and functionality or your products, materials and equipment inside, but this is something you don’t have to worry about with steel. Fire hazards are a very real problem in factories, especially ones with heavy machinery or ones that use heat or open flame in any part of the production process. In steel structures, fire is much slower to spread through the structure, giving you crucial time to contain the situation accordingly and do as little damage as possible.


Typically a commercial building owner will have a clear idea of the size factory they’re going to need, but sometimes anticipating fast expansion can be tricky. The good thing about steel structures is that generally speaking, the process of expanding of renovating is much simpler than with buildings made from other materials like wood or concrete. Business needs change all the time and many times, moving to or building a brand new factory is far more inconvenient and expensive than it’s worth. Being able to expand the space with much less problems than other building types is an important factor in making them perfect for factory use, especially for business that are quickly growing. It’s also important to keep in mind that your steel building can be a large empty space, easily customizable to whatever you need each area for. If you already have the space you need, steel buildings offer you the freedom of making changes to the structure’s interior so you can make room for new equipment or product storage that way in lieu of a physical expansion.

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What are our Buildings Great For?

The great thing about steel buildings is how versatile it is and just how many industries it can truly be perfect for. There are many commercial purposes that prefab steel buildings work well with, and it’s important to have your purpose clearly in mind so you can get the absolute most out of your building. Here are just a few of the industries that benefit from the use of prefab steel buildings.

Fashion Retail

Retail stores go up all the time, and the needs of each and every brand differs greatly. No two stores are ever created the same! Prefab steel is flexible enough to be able to adapt to whatever clothing store setup works best for the property owner and the brand. Whether it’s a standalone store or part of a larger complex, prefab steel presents a unique benefit in terms of how quickly it can be constructed as well. Not only that, in the event that the layout needs to be changed at any point in the future, renovation is something that’s much easier with steel buildings than with more conventional forms of construction.

Food & Grocery

Much like retail stores, large and flexible locations for grocers are just as important. With the trussless design of our prefab steel structures, it becomes much easier to create the perfect layout and setup inside your store so you can perfectly accommodate the products you’re looking to carry; as well as any changes that might come along later. Thanks to steel’s natural insulation, it’s much easier to include energy efficient appliances like fridges and freezers in order to keep all of your perishable items safe, secure and in good condition while also saving you money in utility costs.


Prefab steel is a building type that we readily associate with industrial uses, so it makes perfect sense that it would work well in the manufacturing industry. From its quick and easy construction and lack of maintenance, there are plenty of reasons why a prefab steel building makes for the perfect manufacturing space. With a truly open concept interior design, you can put all of the machinery you need in whatever spot you need it in without having to compromise and work around support columns and other obstructive features.


Prefab steel makes for the perfect storage units, no matter how much you’re looking to store inside each particular unit. Because prefab steel buildings are highly customizable, you can have a variety of spaces and sizes among your storage units, while also being able to be certain about the quality of each of your units.


Prefab steel is also perfect for the agricultural industry thanks to the way it can protect any kind of items from food products to livestock. Prefab steel is excellent for keeping moisture, outdoor elements and pests at bay – things that can cause plenty of damage to animal feed, livestock, raw material, food products and so much more.

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Why Buy Canadian

Building a steel structure in Canada is useful and practical now more than ever before. Steel structures are known for how well they hold up in all kinds of weather and for the recycling capabilities of steel. Another great feature is that Olympia steel buildings are made in Canada! While Olympia does plenty of business in the United States, our Canadian contingent is important to our local customers. The industries between the two countries share plenty of things, but there are slight differences that are important to acknowledge in a Canadian context to make your project come together much simpler!

Support The Canadian Economy

Of course, buying a steel structure from a Canadian supplier like Olympia Canada means that revenue will be put right back into the Canadian economy in a handful of ways. Not only will the money you spent purchasing the structure go to a Canadian company, but chances are your building will be used for commercial purposes on Canadian soil; creating even more revenue in whatever industry the building will exist to serve. As much of the world is still recovering from the financial downturn of nearly a decade ago, keeping money within the country is an important goal to strive for. Typically, from the steel supplier to the labour used to prefabricate the parts of your structure, to it being transported to your job site, there is Canadian labour all throughout that chain that benefits from your purchase of a steel building.

Work With Licensed Engineers

In Canada, the engineers we work with are obligated to be licensed under various accreditations and pass plenty of exams and other standards to be considered for a license from the Canadian Licensure Board. Those that are successful are highly skilled individuals who focus on quality and maintaining the standards of public health and safety. With our steel buildings, any design or kit was created with the utmost care and consideration of all kinds of variations in size, location, weather and much more. It’s important to remember just how flexible steel buildings are, and that our qualified engineers do plenty of work to ensure that your structure will be in good shape for years to come.

Follow Canadian Standards

In Canada, construction projects and buildings need to follow a set of rules that are referred to as the CSA-A660 standards, developed to ensure that all the buildings that go up are quality structures that don’t endanger the environment or people around it in any way. For inspections, it’s important to be sure that your structure – especially steel buildings – meets these standards and that’s something that you might not be able to guarantee with foreign steel building companies. Canadian companies that manufacture steel products have to be certified by an agency to make sure that it can pass any and all of these tests with flying colours. Ultimately, it’s about keeping you as the property owner and main user of the steel building safe throughout the process and after, and making sure the building is safe no matter who needs to use it when it’s been completed.

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