B.M.R. Manufacturing Inc. was established in 1972 to supply parts to the school bus industry in Canada. We recognized the need for improved school bus safety systems and in 1982, began to manufacture our own design of Stop Arms and Crossing Gates. These are made at our plant in Campbellford, together with a wide range of safety systems and high-visibility traffic signage.
B.M.R. Manufacturing Inc. School Bus Safety Products are manufactured in North America to meet U.S. and Canadian regulations, and environmental conditions. We have a skilled, stable, and dedicated workforce who take pride in delivering a high quality product with an emphasis on performance and reliability.
We are proud of our reputation for delivering a proven high quality product, at a very competitive price. We invest in innovative safety solutions. Our products are built in North America, engineered to function under all operating conditions, and meet or exceed the most stringent regulatory requirements.
Our systems are built without compromise
- All fasteners are stainless steel.
- Housings are constructed from durable weatherproof materials designed for performance under the harshest climatic conditions.
- Wiring harnesses are made with multi-strand cable for maximum flexibility and to eliminate stress failure throughout the life of the system.
- All bearings are oversized sealed bronze lubricated for life.
- Electric Stop Arm and Crossing Arms are protected by our patented Breakaway Linkage Arm, and feature the innovative patented Torque Guard™ Drive system.
B.M.R. Design and Innovation
B.M.R. Manufacturing has a policy of continuous improvement. Our products are constantly reviewed, and improvements are introduced to enhance their performance and reliability, and to make good systems even better.
Our electric Stop Arm and Crossing Arm mechanisms incorporate a breakaway linkage arm designed to prevent damage to the drive mechanism if force is applied to the crossing gate. The unique B.M.R. gate pivot mechanism employs a stainless steel 1/2 inch 2-point drive shaft which eliminates the alignment problems associated with separate top and bottom bearings.
Remote electronic control ensures a more reliable system. BMR design moves the sensitive components from the danger zone and puts them safely inside the bus.
B.M.R. Manufacturing Systems
The B.M.R. plant in Campbellford is staffed and equipped to manufacture the full range of products we supply. This ensures rapid turn-around on orders, excellent service, and superior product support.
Our Company Story
- 1972: School Bus Parts Co. came to Canada June 23rd 1972. It was a humble beginning, operating out of the coach house on the personal property of Jim Reavell.
- 1976: A first expansion was necessary to provide more space for the new line of heavy-duty exhaust systems manufactured by School Bus Parts Co. of Pennsylvania, plus provide needed space for the growth of the first four years.
- 1982: A new location was purchased to meet our next expansion. The opportunity arose when the Province of Ontario mandated Stop Arms for all school buses in Ontario. B.M.R. Mfg. Inc. was formed to be our manufacturing division. We embraced the challenge and tooled to meet this demand, becoming the second manufacturer of this safety product in North America. A number of Provincial and State mandated retrofit opportunities presented themselves over the next few years.
- 1987 : B.M.R began research and development of electric operated Stop Arms and Crossing Gates.
- 1990 : The development of new stop arm technology, and the granting of new patents attracted interest both for retrofit opportunities, and from school bus manufacturers. All this turned our plant into a busy place.
- 1991: The introduction of the Yellow Polycarbon Crossing Gate.
- 1994: Traffic sign manufacture began with the idea of marketing the triangular red reflective off-cuts from our Stop Arms for use as snowmobile trail markers. This led to snowmobile clubs developing a signage program to help make the sport organized and safer.
- 1995: 911-property identification came on the scene, and every rural address had to have a number sign. We invested in more leading-edge printing and sign making equipment to meet this need.
- 1996 : With increase customer contact resulting from the 911 program, Municipal Traffic Signage became a natural expansion strategy. We had the equipment, the manufacturing capacity, and were accustomed to the high standards of production to meet the safety requirements of the school bus industry.
- 1997: Expansion to a larger plant was necessary to accommodate new demands for our Stop arms and Crossing Gates from School Bus Manufacturers, and to meet the growing retrofit after-market.
- 2001: The BMR 8000 series Stop Arm and Crossing Gate assemblies were born. If you asked school bus mechanics how they felt about crossing gates, you would generally receive a very negative response: "The unit is located in the worst possible place, and built with switches and relays which are all sensitive to the weather. It is attached to a vibrating bumper, and bombarded with salt, grit, ice and all manner of road debris. It freezes, it thaws, it is baked in the summer. And you expect me to keep this thing working?" The BMR 8000 series takes all the weather sensitive parts out of the assembly. Mounted safely in the electrical panel, this is the first remote electronic Crossing Gate and Stop Arm controller.
- 2001: Development of a moulded poly-carbonate Crossing and Stop Arm Assembly - non-rusting, assembled with common stainless steel bolts and nuts for easy maintenance.
- 2002: The innovative Permanent Magnetic Gate Lock. This device secures the crossing gate to the front of the bumper. This new-to-the-industry product reduces the wind effect on the arm whether running or parked. The Permanent Magnetic Gate Lock eliminates the problem of wind, for example off an open field or from the ocean, which can catch the arm and cause unnecessary damage or wear.
- 2003: The addition of the Brake Test to the BMR 8000 series safety system of Stop Arms and Crossing Gates. To date, many bus drivers simply jam a stick between the brake pedal and the driver's seat to activate the brake lights while they do their circle check. The BMR brake test simplifies this procedure. To activate, step on the brake and push a momentary switch. The brake lights flash for one minute, or switch off when when the brake is applied.
- 2004 : The development of L.E.D. lighting is one of our newest challenges. This technology provides a brighter and ultra-reliable light source for our high quality Stop Arms.
- 2005 : The development of contoured Crossing Gate Arms, an original development of B.M.R. Manufacturing Inc. in 1991.
- 2009 : The addition of a full sized Digital Printer at B.M.R. Manufacturing Inc., allowing for multi-colored digital prints to be added to our growing business.
- 2009 : Demand for a mounting bracket that would allow two Chevron's to be mounted on the same post for opposite directions allowed us to come out with this very unique and innovative product.
- 2012 : In order to meet the ever growing demands of our customers, B.M.R. Manufacturing Inc. developed a flip sign to change the RB-76 sign from a 60 day sign, to be a 365 day sign with a unique message to be posted on the reverse of the side.
- 2014 : Development of a 90 cm x 120 cm workstand, allowing for Do Not Enter and Road Closed signs to be put in an A-Frame, Aluminum, No-Pinch workstand.