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Policy, Tradition, Commitment...

Since 1961, A.C.T. Equipment Sales Ltd. has been dedicated to helping industries in Canada grow.

A.C.T. can always be counted on.

A.C.T. takes pride in offering an extensive product line geared towards the industrial market, specializing in abrasives, cutting tools, pneumatic tools and accessories,
measuring tools and machine tool accessories.
With over 500 years of combined knowledge and experience, our team is staffed with skilled people that our customers and suppliers can count on.
Following 17 years combined experience as a machinist and industrial products/tool salesman, Mr. Alf Barbour decided to strike out on his own.

Alf started A.C.T. Equipment Sales Ltd. with the help of his wife on January 2, 1961, working out of the basement of his home.

For many years Alf found that he had to work more than 12 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to help the business to grow.

Alf often travels to Europe and the Pacific Rim, especially Taiwan and Japan in order to maintain contact with new and existing suppliers.

Alf Barbour was one of the finalists in the Master Entrepreneur category for Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999.

A year after starting the company, Alf purchased a small house on Dawson St. in Burnaby and moved the company there.
During these first five years, the company staff grew to a total of 6


The original structure was replaced with a new 5,000 square foot building on the same property.


A.C.T. Head Office was moved to its present location, a 30,000 square foot building at 4455 Alaska Street in Burnaby.


Since the inception of the company, Alf Barbour and his wife have continued to re-invest the company’s earnings into future growth.
Rather than personal wealth, the Barbour's financial priority is helping the company to grow and prosper.

Plans for the Future

A.C.T. has a great team and will continue to hire highly qualified people, as well as training its own team members, so that it can continue to grow throughout Western Canada.
A.C.T’s approach to the future is both global and long-term; it maintains steady incremental growth and continues to expand its major product lines.
The company has achieved success as an industry leader, and consistently outperforms other distributors in the industry.