In 1965 Ray started Stormor Ltd. at the family farm to supply and install on-farm grain handling, drying and storage systems. This allowed farmers to keep their grain at their operation allowing them to market or process it independently.Rays entrepreneurial and innovative skills were transferred to his customers contributing to their own success. By using his products, farmers were able to achieve value added prices by seeking markets not available at harvest.
Starting from a small barn servicing local producers Lambton Conveyor has grown to a 200,000 sq ft factory selling grain systems to all grain producing regions of the world. Ray experimented with bio-fuels to dry grain in the 1980’s and growing corn in 19″ rows before adopting 30″ in the 1970’s. The business has grown from a reseller to manufacturer of grain equipment. Who doesn’t remember “yellow tile” that Ray imported to help farmers save money.
The company has expanded beyond Lambton County to the entire province and eventually to the world market. The names Stormor, Eeze-Dry and Lambton Conveyor are known worldwide. They even have a facility in China serving the Asian market!
Many a farm boy got his start working for “Stormor” saving up for his first tractor or farm. Many have become large and successful producers contributing to their own local communities. This year Ray and his family are celebrating 50 years in business.