Shakespeare manufacturer meets COVID challenge

Company expanding with protocols in place


  • Business   Tue, Feb 9th, 2021   Gary West
Owner Theresa Scholten (on right) joins Gloria Godoy, Fred Godoy, Colin Kelly, and Edgar Najera in the Bulk Tech Shakespeare plant.


Owner Theresa Scholten (on right) joins Gloria Godoy, Fred Godoy, Colin Kelly, and Edgar Najera in the Bulk Tech Shakespeare plant.


Since the advent of COVID, expanding a thriving business in a plant just north of Shakespeare has been a challenge at times, but the future of Bulk Tech is headed in a positive direction.

Bulk Tech was created in 2008 by Neil and Theresa Scholten, and now includes manufacturing at four different facilities employing 25 people in the Waterloo and Perth County areas. As their name implies, they build bulk bins of every shape and size for use in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

Like many manufacturers, COVID upended their operations for a time, but they have found ways to keep going. They closed their doors to the public immediately and started implementing safety protocol. Things like increasing space between work stations, daily health screening questions, and pivoting to online and phone orders are all second nature now. The shops are thoroughly sanitized at the end of each day, and all trucks are disinfected and power-washed with hot water. Their four shops have kept staff safety a priority and have not had a single case of COVID.

To keep the business growing, the Shakespeare facility has added a new large rotational moulding machine that can take bulk, plastic resin and form it into plastic bins from half tonne to ten and a half tonnes in size. In the future, they plan to use recycled plastic to ease the problems that landfills are facing with discarded plastic.                           

At their location in St. Jacobs they make steel tanks from 30 to 104 tonne capacities. Their Mount Forest plant manufactures steel feed bins up to 25 tonne capacity. A sister company, “County Line” near Tiviotdale, sells and installs poultry and hog equipment for farming sectors around Ontario. Looking to the future, their son-in-law Collin Kelly has joined the business to ensure a transition that will see the company’s success for many years to come.

COVID-19 may have slowed Bulk Tech down momentarily, but it is safety first, and full-steam ahead in expanding their manufacturing base.