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We see the people behind the policy - BWS Manufacturing

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We see the people behind the policy - BWS Manufacturing

By: Sovereign Insurance

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At Sovereign, we know that the responsibility we have in protecting Canadian businesses extends far beyond their operations to the people and communities who rely on them every day – for products, services and even employment. This is a responsibility these businesses don’t take lightly, and neither do we.

BWS Manufacturing is one of the businesses with great reach and significant impact. A second generation, family run specialty trailer manufacturing business operating out of Centreville, New Brunswick – with a population of just over 500 people

BWS has been a major employer and contributor to the local economy for over 50 years. So when a fire broke out in their paint shop, resulting in a total loss of the facility, one of their greatest concerns was how it would impact the families and community that depend on them. Fortunately, thanks to their strong team, their broker partner Palmer Atlantic Insurance and Sovereign Insurance they were able to get back on their feet without losing any production.



Meet the people behind the policy


  "I know all the families, and the ones that I don’t know their children’s name my wife does, so I call it a family business” – Randy McDougall, Co-owner and Senior Advisor
 "In August, 2015, we had a fire in the paint shop. And so that was pretty tough.” – Gary Thomas, Product Specialist

"When BWS had their fire it was very stressful, but they had a very good team in place internally to help manage the claim and Sovereign really came to the table. I think things went very smoothly.” – Joe Palmer, Senior Vice-President, Arthur J. Gallagher, Atlantic Region, formerly Palmer Atlantic Insurance Ltd.


"Working at BWS has been a great experience. With potential growth on the horizon it’s really exciting. We’re just looking forward to what’s next.” – Glendon Findlater, Vice President, Finance



BWS Manufacturing’s new paint shop

From tragedy came new opportunity. Thanks to a great team and a solid insurance program, within two weeks BWS had a makeshift paint shop set up, and not long after that their new paint shop facility was built. Take a look at their new state of the art facility.