President’s Message

Since 1967, our second generation family run business has grown into a successful corporation while maintaining the ‘small family’ mentality. We understand the needs of our customers and endeavour to create smart, safe and innovative products.

At BWS, our workers are our greatest asset. We rely on their collective skills and creative talents to generate a very high quality reliable product. We are a dedicated workforce with a ‘craftsman’ mentality. Several of our senior people have previous experience operating trailers and equipment of different vocations. Many of our employees have been with us for decades. They understand the business and have evolved with it.

As you take the time to explore through our site, you will find a wide variety of product offerings. As an ISO certified trailer manufacturer in Canada, you will receive consistent quality in each and every trailer we build. You deserve nothing less. If you have any questions about our product offerings, do not hesitate to contact any of our dealer partners or our qualified sales staff.

Our History

BWS Manufacturing Ltd. began as a small, privately-owned business in 1967. Its owner and creator, Burney MacDougall, named it Burney’s Welding Shop and began building flat bodies and performing repairs on various agricultural equipment. As the company evolved, BWS began producing truck bodies, snow and ice equipment and forestry trailers. By 1975, complete, final-stage trailers were being manufactured.

In 1990 Burney’s youngest son, Randy McDougall purchased the company and became the second generation President & CEO. Since that time, BWS has gone on to produce many new products as the need for alternative transportation methods arose. BWS patented its Air Detachable Gooseneck in 2001 and created a new line of hydraulic detachable trailers in 2008. By 2012, BWS acquired a larger facility to accommodate the growing business. To this day, BWS continues to work with customers to provide top quality transportation solutions across North America.

Our Future

With our Canadian Controlled Goods Certification, we are able to meet & exceed expectations for commercial, as well as military vehicle configurations of all types from start to finish. State of the art paint facilities enable us to exercise our CARC paint qualifications on militarized trailers and integrated vehicles that can be up to 85 ft long and 12 ft wide. The employees of BWS are a dedicated workforce with a ‘craftsman’ mentality. Many of its senior people have past experience operating heavy equipment and this has resulted in their philosophy of putting themselves in the shoes of their customers. BWS relies heavily on feedback from both their dealers and their customers. We build what performs, not just what sells and that is what has contributed to significant growth throughout North America over the last several years.

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BWS Quality Policy

BWS Manufacturing is totally committed to understanding and meeting the quality needs and expectations of all our customers, that’s what heavy haul trailer manufacturers do. Our Company has a proud reputation for delivering quality equipment and components.

Continous Improvement

As a trailer manufacturer, BWS strives for continuous improvement for our products, our facilities and the company as a whole. We are especially committed to the continuous improvement of our quality management system to ensure all company, customer, regulatory, legal and ISO 9001:2015 Requirements are met.

Spirit & Intent

The entire BWS team will adhere to the spirit and intent of our quality policy, as well as the directives of this quality assurance manual and its supporting quality system documentation. We will continue to aggressively strive to ensure that customer satisfaction is achieved at all times, and in all things.

Certifications & Associations

Our goal here at BWS is to provide relevant products for our customers based on their specific transportation needs. To maintain our involvement in the different industries we supply products for, we are a member of multiple associations throughout Canada and the US. In addition to our various memberships, BWS proudly upholds a number of certifications which support our reliability as a quality heavy haul trailer manufacturer.

Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defense Association

Association of Canadian Custom Harvesters

Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA)

Canadian Association of Defense and Security Industries (CADSI)

Canadian Controlled Goods Program

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Transportation Equipment Association (CTEA)

Canadian Woodlands Forum

Canadian Welding Bureau

Centreville Chamber of Commerce

D-U-N-S Registered

Environment Canada

ISO 9001:2015

Metal Working Association of New Brunswick

NAICS Association

National Safety Mark (NSM)


National Trailer Dealers Association (NTDA)

Transport Canada

Wisconsin Custom Operators

U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc.

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Our People

Latest articles featuring the work and acknowledgements of the BWS Manufacturing team.

Staff Spotlight: Scott Broad

May 29, 2018

Our Staff Spotlight this month coincides with the release of our newest product, our first-ever Live Bottom belt trailer!  Our team has worked tirelessly to bring this aggregate trailer to life.  Therefore, it only seems fit to shed some light on one of the talented staff members who worked closely…

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Staff Spotlight: Shelley Holmes

Apr 24, 2018

Our Staff Spotlight for the month of April is an exciting one – we are celebrating the recent appointment of Shelley Holmes as our Internal Sales Manager!  Previously acting as our Canadian Sales Representative, Shelley has worked at BWS for 17 years to date.  She began her career here as…

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Easter Dinner 2018

Mar 29, 2018

Terri, Amanda and Iris prepared another delicious meal for the BWS crew leading up to Easter this weekend!  As Good Friday is tomorrow, we celebrated a short week here at the plant.  We currently employ 115 individuals and the opportunity to come together for special occasions is something we relish. …

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Industry Testimonials

At BWS, we’re proud of the work we do and the products we put in the market. If you have a transportation need, we want to help you get to where you’re going.

“I really enjoy my ANR, it’s easy to load (no pun intended). I use my BWS trailer to transport my 16 ton excavator and compactor. We use it on rough terrain every day, and we usually load our equipment on and off four times every day, five days a week. During hurricane Arthur, we loaded it eight times a day while we did our aggregate work. It’s a sturdy product.”

Justin Giggie

C&D Woodland
Glassville, New Brunswick

“My grandfather bought some of the first logging trailers built down at BWS, and we have continued to purchase our trailers from BWS ever since. Quality built to last and a sharp looking unit. Any of the trailers dad has had or anyone around home, never had a bad thing to say about them. Our BWS loggers get used daily. I couldn’t count how many we’ve had, probably 30 or more over the years. My other grandfather Brian Anderson had 7 or 8 BWS loggers as well over the years. Locally built, this means a lot to a business such as ours to have a strong market of trailers to purchase next door to us.”

Tanner Giberson

D.H. Giberson & Sons LTD
Plaster Rock, New Brunswick

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Press Releases

New Product: Live Bottom

New Product: Live Bottom

  After months of planning, engineering and manufacturing, we are thrilled to announce the release of our newest product:  our first ever BWS Live Bottom Trailer!  The decision to create our own version of this aggregate-transporting product arose from our customers’ needs, first and foremost.  Developed with the construction industry…

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Spring 2018 Truck Traffic Regulations

Spring 2018 Truck Traffic Regulations

Spring is nearly here in Atlantic Canada.  To prepare for the change in weather conditions, scheduled weight regulations have been issued for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. For information regarding these seasonal regulations, please refer to this helpful guide issued by the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association:…

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BWS TURNS 50 IN 2017

It seems hard to believe that BWS started in the manor that it did, in the small village of Centreville, NB and has grown exponentially over time. This was a single person operation in its inception, but no longer is that the truth.

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