Tripar in the 70s: Further Growth & Exporting Triumphs

Introduction

As continued sales growth resulted in the need for additional space, in 1972, Tripar had a third expansion of 12,000 square feet bringing its new total to 45,000 square feet.  

The decade of exporting: United States & United Kingdom

The 70s was also the decade that Tripar begin exporting on two fronts; principally by securing distributors in both the US and the UK; 

US: Tripar secured IW Industries as its distributor, located in Melville, New York. Murray Cohen at IW was responsible for adding much of Tripar’s light & lamp parts to its own catalogue. 

IW Catalogue 50+ pages worth of Tripar parts
IW Catalogue 50+ pages worth of Tripar parts
IW catalog showcasing Tripar lighting parts

Having IW as Tripar’s distributor allowed penetration into the US, with IW buying relatively large quantities of many of Tripar’s parts, stocking them in the US, for resale to smaller US light fixture & lamp OEMs. In fact, of IW’s 191 page catalogue, 57 were devoted to stampings; the overwhelming majority made by Tripar. In fact, IW used Tripar’s part numbers for these, but simply added a “4-“ prefix to designate Tripar as supplier #4.

UK: Tripar secured Duba, owned by Philip Frush as its UK distributor, following the same practices and purpose as IW’s. The only difference was shipping costs, which unlike affordable and frequent truck shipments to IW in New York, air shipments to the UK were prohibitive, so periodic consolidation of sufficient orders into a full container was the only, but workable solution. 

During this decade, Tripar also ventured into developing two new products outside of lighting; 

1. Steno Stand: This was a foldable and Adjustable stand for holding loose sheets upright at whatever angle the “typist” chose, to transcribe what was written on the sheets onto her typewriter (not to be sexist, but that’s how it was in the 70s!).

Steno Stand
Steno Stand used for Transcribing Notes

2. Ashtray: With smoking being way more prevalent and accepted than today, Tripar sold not only ashtray parts, but also developed its own. This was based on using one of its deep drawn balls (approx. 3” diameter), tipping the opening on its side, spot welding a base to prevent the ball from rolling, and adding a trap door with a small snout at the front. When the trap door was open it would rest level, leaving the small snout to rest the cigarette on, and the ashes to fall onto. When done, the trap door would be flipped up, allowing the ashes and butts to fall into the ball. These were of course available in gaudy bright colours that were in vogue in the 70s; orange, lime green, and purple to name a few. Back then, it was not uncommon to see press operators at Tripar smoking at their machines, with these ashtrays resting on the press table.  

Tripar’s CFIB Membership

Unrelated to Tripar but most certainly an important moment for founder Ben during this time, was his discovery of the upstart Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) whom Tripar has been a member of for over 50 years now, and whose membership goes 1 additional year prior to its existence!  How is this possible? 

The way the story goes, my Dad was reading the newspaper in the bathtub, and was energized by an article on the business taxation polices of the Canadian government, written by someone by the name of John Bulloch. My Dad tracked John down and wrote him a letter, sympathizing with some of his views, asking if/how he could help. This led to John creating the CFIB, a non-profit federation to both help small business navigate government red tape, as well as lobby governments for policies that would help small businesses thrive, (and ultimately employ more people with their success, which would in turn help the government in terms of revenue generated from personal income taxes). So, Tripar is credited with having joined the CFIB one year before its creation! Ben was also on the CFIB’s Board of Directors for many years, and has remained a founding member, or rather since 1 year before its official founding. 

Lloyd learning the family business

The late 70s is when I graduated from high school, 1978 to be exact. Being fortunate to know what I wanted to be when I “grew up” (besides an astronaut or race car driver), was a Mechanical Engineer. The usual path for this was to go to CEGEP (Quebec’s college program) in Pure & Applied Sciences for 2 years, which was the precursor to permit entry into many science & engineering university programs. Knowing before this that becoming a Mechanical Engineer was my ultimate aim, I decided to take a 3-year CEGEP program to first become a Mechanical Engineering Technologist. Though this would add an extra year to my studies, I felt having earlier and targeted mechanical engineering related courses would be of greater benefit in the end. 

 This of course allowed me to be more “useful” to Tripar. So part-time during my studies, as well as during the summer holidays, I began to work in the maintenance department. With the work there being much less repetitive, it was both more interesting, as well as giving me the opportunity to learn things such as welding & machining, and eventually to the toolroom, where I learned much about dies and toolmaking. 

 1979 was not only Tripar’s 30th anniversary but also the year of its fourth expansion, adding 22,500 square feet, and bringing its new footprint to 67,500 square feet. 

In Loving Memory of Ben Sevack

Ben Sevack, Lloyd Sevack and Lauren Sevack

Montreal, QC — It is with deep sadness that Tripar Inc. announces the passing of their beloved founder Ben Sevack, who left us peacefully on April 15, 2024, at the age of 100. Mr. Sevack was not only a visionary in the metal stamping and lighting industries but also a steadfast leader and a cherished mentor to many during his incredible life. 

Ben established Tripar Inc. in 1949. With a pioneering vision, he built the company from the ground up and focused on growth. Over the first 50 years, Ben bought 130,000 sq.ft. of land, built our original factory and expanded it 4 times to the 67,500 sq ft facility that we still occupy today. His foresight and dedication laid the foundation for Tripar being a successful manufacturer known for its innovation and excellence. 

In 2001, after more than five decades of leadership and commitment to the company and its employees, Ben was joined by his son Lloyd making Tripar a 2nd generation company and together they evolved Tripar’s capabilities by adding CNC fabrication. Lloyd took over the leadership of the company and in 2013 Lauren, Lloyd’s daughter and Ben’s Granddaughter, joined Tripar making it a 3rd generation family business. For a few years all three generations were able to work together, and they continue to uphold the values and mission instilled by Ben. 

Ben’s legacy extends far beyond the walls of Tripar Inc. His contributions to the industry have been invaluable, including being one of the founding members of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) which now represents over 95,000 companies. His leadership style—marked by integrity, humility, and kindness—has left a lasting impact on all who had the privilege to work alongside him. 

As we mourn the loss of a truly incredible man, we also celebrate his monumental life and achievements. Ben’s spirit will forever remain a guiding light for Tripar Inc. We proudly wear the Tripar logo on our chest and continue to work the “Tripar Way”. We extend our deepest condolences to the Sevack family, and to everyone whose life Ben touched. 

Ben, you will forever be missed

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Tripar 3 generation Sevack family working together
Ben Sevack, Lloyd Sevack and Lauren Sevack

Tripar’s founding & the early years (1949-59)

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This article features the experience of Tripar’s founder, Ben Sevack’s from England to Montreal during the pivotal years of 1923 to 1949. Additionally, we’ll shift more into the foundational period of Tripar, spanning from its establishment in 1949 to the first 10 years in business.

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Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence

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Montreal, Quebec – Tripar is excited to announce its 75th anniversary as a global leading metal stamping and CNC fabrication supplier. Today marks a significant milestone in excellence, innovation, and unwavering commitment to our clients. 

Founded in 1949, Tripar has been at the forefront of shaping the future of metal fabrication; with a rich history of delivering cutting-edge solutions to OEM clients across key industries. From humble beginnings, the company went from small stamping shop in Montreal to becoming the “gold standard” for the OEM lighting industry; earning its reputation for quality, reliability, and unmatched expertise. 

Lloyd Sevack, the President of Tripar Inc., says: “As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we reflect on this incredible journey that brought us here. It’s a real testament of the dedication of our teams, the trust of our clients and partners, and our unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation. For that, I am truly grateful.”

Innovation Unleashed: A 75-Year Milestone

Throughout its first 75 years, Tripar has remained consistent in pushing for continuous R&D, innovation, and adapting to technological changes required to compete in the metal stamping and CNC fabrication business. Our company’s state-of-the-art facilities enables us to offer custom-made solutions that meets and exceeds industry standards.

From aerospace to HVAC, renewable energies to warehouse racking, Tripar provides clients with superior and precision-engineered metal components and innovative solutions that form the backbone of millions of products worldwide.

Lloyd also remarks, “Our commitment to staying ahead of the curve has allowed us to thrive in this ever-changing industry. We are not just celebrating the first 75 years, but we are welcoming the next 75 years of innovation, growth, and continued success to come.”

Unveiling Tomorrow's Possibilities: Tripar Looks Ahead

Today as we celebrates this historic milestone, Tripar has very ambitious plans for the future. “The commitment to investing in the latest technologies, nurturing talent, and expanding our global footprint ensures that we will continue to be a trailblazer and leading force in metal stamping and CNC fabrication for decades to come”, said Lloyd Sevack.

About Tripar Inc.

Tripar is the largest manufacturer of OEM lighting products in North America. We also work with multiple industries: HVAC, warehouse racking, consumer goods, aerospace, renewable energy. We offer design and engineering services, rapid prototyping, metal stamping and CNC fabrication, and assembly services. For many OEM clients, we’re considered their “secret weapon” in scalable manufacturing. See why. Get in touch.

Ben’s 100th Birthday!

Ben’s 100th Birthday!

May 23rd sets another milestone in Tripar’s history. Ben Sevack, founder of Tripar, is 100 years old!

Ben, born in London in 1923, grew up assisting his father in his photographic studio. When World War II began, he turned his technical skills towards manufacturing surgical instruments for the war effort and joined the Home Guard. Enduring the relentless bombings of "the Blitz," his hometown was attacked 71 times over 267 days, culminating in the devastation of his own home.

In 1942, Ben was called up for service and recruited by the Royal Engineers due to his technical background. After basic training, he specialized in maintaining field surveying instruments. Despite the army's need for frontline soldiers, a perceptive Brigadier recognized Ben's tradesman experience and allowed him to proceed to Naples.

After the war, Ben embarked on a transformative journey to Canada, determined to forge a new path for himself. In 1949, fueled by his determination for success, he seized the opportunity to establish Tripar in Montreal, the city that welcomed him. Interestingly, the initial press Ben acquired had a fascinating history—it still held the die used for manufacturing ammunition shells.

Little did he know that this fortuitous encounter would shape the destiny of his venture and become an integral part of his legacy.

Ben has always been a passionate traveler, deriving immense joy from exploring new destinations and immersing himself in diverse cultures. His adventurous spirit extends to horseback riding, a passion that allowed him to connect with the natural world and experience new adventures. Language acquisition is another area where Ben excels. Having mastered five languages, several while stationed during the war; besides English, he also speaks Italian, German, Spanish and French, effortlessly communicating and connecting with people from various linguistic backgrounds. These hobbies not only showcase Ben's versatility but also reflect his insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge in different aspects of life.

He has three grandchildren and 4 (soon to be 5) great-grandchildren whom he is very proud of and deeply cherishes and loves. It was lovely spending his birthday all together.

New Capabilities, Stocked Items & Employees Testimonials

New Capabilities: 3 x Trumpf TruPunch 1000

We are pleased to announce our increased CNC capabilities thanks to the acquisition of two additional Trumpf TruPunch 1000 machines.

These CNC Punch Press Machines punch and form sheet metals, such as Galvanized, Cold-Rolled, and Stainless Steel & Aluminum up to 10 gauge (0.140”) thickness.

Stocked Items

Looking to find out what items Tripar stock? A green “In Stock” logo was recently introduced to our online catalog to identify these. If you're looking for a specific item, and you see this green logo, it means that we can supply and ship those items within 48h of receiving your purchase order.

Employee Testimonials

Ever wondered what it’s like to work at Tripar? Visit our Employee Testimonials page.

Voice of Customer

Some of you were recently contacted for an exercise we referred to as “Voice of Customer” (VOC). Several themes emerged, and we are pleased to report on three elements Tripar has implemented; Finishing, Low Profile Insulated Ceiling (IC) Box & Engineering Services.

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Tripar Recessed Downlight Guide – 5th Edition

Tripar launched its Recessed Downlight Guide in 2017 to explain the mechanical aspects and requirements imposed by UL1598; the principal governing downlight luminaire specification for the North American market, offering a multitude of solutions. Our clients constantly refer to this guide, several of whom have referred to it as “their bible”!

In an effort to continuously support our clients, we always look to update this guide, and recently launched the 5th edition. As the largest stamped and fabricated metal components supplier to the lighting industry, we take pride in listening to and collaborating with our clients to develop innovative solutions and manufacture various new products that respect these standards.

Having identified gaps in the industry, Tripar’s R&D Department developed and brought to the market the following components, all of which, and so much more, are now featured in this 5th edition.

February 2021. J-Box Twist 32™ & Twist 64™ Series

Available with inside volume of either 32 or 64 cu.in.
Both series available with Z-Bracket, Flat or “Twist”.

October 2020. I.C. Boxes with Junction Box 70

Containing one of our largest junction boxes;
approx. 70 cu.in.

October 2019. T-Grid Plate

Available with ends flat or bent up 90°.
Accepts 1287 bar hangers.

May 2019. Black I.C. Boxes

Made of black pre-painted steel for maximum heat dissipation, and additional benefits, including smashing looks!

May 2019. Shutter™ Plaster Frame

Adjustable hole, from 3” to 5-1/2”,
in both round & square!

May 2019. Small Ultra Shallow I.C. Box

Available  in Chicago Plenum & Ultra-Airtight versions.
Fits with 1286 plaster frame series.
Attainable in black pre-painted steel.

April 2017. Universal Driver Boxes

Available in 2 sizes: Small (2-3/8” W x 1-5/8” H) & Large (4” W x 2” H) in variable length from 8” to 120”.

October 2016. Commercial L-Bar™ Hanger

Besides being incredibly robust, these identical bars mate together and offer over a dozen unique features.

For more information please read or download the 5th edition of the recessed guide, click here.

New Assemblies Configurator, Decorative Parts & Bar Hanger Load Tests

New Assemblies Configurator

Tripar’s online catalog has long since featured a wide selection of New Construction Assemblies, each of which now includes a dropdown allowing you to select from amongst the most common configurations. Doing so changes both the images and component list to match, as well as providing updated spec sheets showing the various configurations of each assembly on a single page.

This new ability to visualize our different assembly options allows us to showcase how our parts can be mounted and brought together in various forms to accommodate the evolving needs of our clients. To discover these new enhancements, please click here to visit our catalog.

We encourage you to play around with the various assembly configurations available and download the corresponding spec sheet to gather full details.

Decorative Parts

We have updated this section of our catalog, now showing our most popular items. As always, please contact us if you do not see what you are looking for!

Please click here to visit this catalog section.

Bar Hanger Load Test:
L-Bar™ 1487 vs. Bar Hanger 1287 – Mechanical performance

As a result of ongoing inquiries on the load bearing capabilities amongst our most popular bar hangers, Tripar’s Engineering Team recently conducted load testing on our 1287 Bar Hanger vs. our 1487 Commercial L-Bar Hanger. Both bar hangers were tested separately under different common mounting conditions. Click here to see the results of this test.

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