Allied Skylights Architectural Skylights


The Allied Group is made up of eighteen companies some of which are separate stand alone manufacturing operations others which are primarily marketing tools. However, in each case they are independent stand alone affiliated companies.

When the principal shareholder, Ron Bruhm, purchased Allied Sign Letter Limited in 1973, it was his conceptual belief that if companies could run in a family like manner, operate from cash flow and be interest free, as well as, own their own real estate, they could not help but be successful. With this thought in mind and using Allied as the pillar Ron started to develop Allied.

When Allied was originally purchased, it was primarily a "Sign Company", producing signs and letters on a regional basis. Allied quickly expanded into a national sign company be doing such accounts as, Toronto Dominion Bank, Bank of Commerce, pizza chains, and milk store chains. Then Allied was expanding during the mid-seventies by the acquisitions of other plastic companies and incorporating them under the Allied name. This led Allied into the skylight business in the late seventies.

Allied patented a few of it's own skylights in Canada and in the United States the Allied chain quickly grew into the Allied U.S. operations, namely, Allied Plastic Skylights in Detroit, and Allied Plastics Chicago and the Natural Skylights in Houston, Texas.

Each company specializes in what it does well. New items were added such as rubber flashings, rubber accessories for roofing materials and skylights. In the early 1980's during the 1982 recession Allied was on the move. They purchased Viceroy Rubber, a long established Rubber company in Canada, producing custom rubber products such as, the flashing which Allied was selling as well as a combination of consumer goods products such as, hot water bottles, rubber bands, erasers, hockey pucks, and other items. Thus even though the company expanded into the building products, the company also diversified itself in consumer goods.

In 1983 the next acquisition was Dresden Industries Limited with branches in Surrey, B.C. and Guelph, Ontario. Dresden Industries was an attractive acquisition for the Viceroy Group because of it's traffic cones with rubber bases. In late 1985 a competitor in consumer goods which also manufactured a line of toys, named Reliable Toys became a further acquisition and since Viceroy had been involved in producing rubber balls it was now capable of producing plastic balls utilizing some of the same equipment.

In 1989 Allied explored the possibilities of purchasing Trent Rubber which was finally concluded in mid-summer of 1990. Trent Rubber complimented and expanded greatly into the Allied Group of building products since it has the unique manufacturing rights of a German process to make a rubber roofing material. This rubber roofing material has a history in Germany relating back in the late 1930's and 1940's and has been widely used in reservoirs as well as roofing systems. Along with these acquisitions came a tire inner tubing manufacturing plant in Lindsay, Ontario.

Dunlop Construction Products. Inc. were the prime distributors of the Trent Rubber Roofing Materials. Dunlop sales were primarily in the United States, Allied immediately identified the possibilities that would be available to the U.S. market for the Allied products. This transaction was completed November 9th,1990.
During the most recent 1989, 1990, 1991 recession in manufacturing Allied has grown considerably. This is believed to be as a result of the strong desire of the Allied people to work together, as well as the philosophies of the principles. These qualities were no doubt identified by the Ministry of the Environment when Viceroy\Trent was give 9.8 million dollar grant to recycle tires by the Ministry of Environment. A copy of the news release, relevant to the same is enclosed.

The Allied Group's involvement in toys, sporting goods, consumer products, and building products, necessitated the need for convention and hospitality facilities, for meetings and product presentations in mass groups. This need inspired the group to construct their own facility for the same called Allied Solardome Convention Centre. This project encumbers approximately 50,000 square feet of banquet facilities and display areas, for meetings involving, architects, engineers, and other buyers. Also there is a project of industrial condominiums to allow support companies to participate in the same. The Allied Group has been aggressive in the past and because of several ventrues in development, expect to enjoy a similar growth for the next decade.