Entrepreneur of the Year Daniel Brunet

Daniel Brunet’s résumé reads like a textbook case for how to succeed in the mining service and supply sector.

After acquiring his qualifications in welding – and the safety certifications to go along with it – he earned his stripes at fabrication shops across the North before settling in Timmins and branching out on his own.

Over the last eight years, Brunet has grown DJB Mining Products and Services from a one-man enterprise, operating out of a 1,400-foot trailer, to a bustling service and supply company that employs more than 30 people and takes up 27,000 square feet of shop space.

DJB specializes in portable align boring, welding and bucket fabrication, supplying products and services to both underground and surface projects at mine sites across northeastern Ontario.

Among his equipment are a 400- tonne press, five- and 10-tonne overhead cranes, a CNC plasma cutting table, and a state-of-the-art drill press to fulfill orders.

Brunet is proud that DJB was the first company in Timmins to incorporate an Autocrib vending machine, which manages inventory, saving space, money and time for the company.

Brunet puts quality and customer service first, and that’s netted his company the respect and loyalty of clients.

“DJB Products and Services has grown their footprint in the Ontario market and has even helped us as, a supplier, to learn from them,” said Rodney Côté, Canada area manager with Texas-based MTG Corp.

“DJB Mining Products and Services has really doctored the welding and processes and has been supplying a number-one finished product to their customers.”

The company has also maintained a strong presence in the community, including as an active member of the Timmins Chamber of Commerce.

In particular, Jamie Clarke, the chamber’s president, is impressed by DJB’s commitment to establishing joint ventures with First Nations organizations that are associated with area mines.

“There is excellent internal communications between management and employees, with a strong emphasis on safety,” Clarke said.

“These efforts and accomplishments are appreciated, and staff are regularly rewarded with fun, family-friendly events.”

For DJB’s positive impact in the community, the chamber awarded the company its Business of the Year Award (11+ employees) during its annual Nova Awards in 2017.

Despite the cyclical nature of the mining industry, DJB has been able to maintain a consistent roster of clients, resulting in lasting, meaningful work for employees.

Brunet’s future plans including further expansion into the export market.