In the fall of 1999, Vic Rankine left his career as a plumbing foreman and set off to start his own mechanical company. In October of that year VR Contracting was formed.
With modest beginnings and an office in the basement of their house, Vic and his wife Sheryl started their journey to what would later become VR Mechanical Solutions.
In the beginning, small and medium sized mechanical work came quickly and the business grew just as rapidly. The company incorporated in July 2002 and was renamed to VR Mechanical Services Inc. A year later the offices were relocated to their current location at 464 Kingston Road West in Ajax Ontario.
Over the next 6 years VR Mechanical Services continued to provide quality, on time, on budget, mechanical work throughout the GTA. Projects started to increase in both scope and profile. Boeing’s new offices and mechanical room, Deer Creek’s Golf & Banquet Facility, as well as various projects at the campuses of York University and The University of Toronto, kept the young company on a steady path of growth.
It was in the fall of 2008, when John Stewart joined the VR team, that the company experienced a major expansion. Bringing his expertise in CAD design and mechanical systems, VR was able to venture into previously untapped opportunities. John and Vic became business partners, and one year later VR Mechanical Solutions Inc. was born.
Today, VR Mechanical Solutions has become one of the most respected mechanical contractors in the Greater Toronto Area. Some of the biggest projects in the city over the last couple of years have VR’s name on them. BMW’s new Headquarters in Richmond Hill, The Ritz Carlton Condominiums, New Design Build Glycol Chiller/Boiler Plant at The University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, George Brown’s new Waterfront Campus, Ryerson Student Learning Centre, and the new Delta Hotel in downtown Toronto are just a few examples.
From small beginnings, to steady growth, to future potential, VR Mechanical Solutions promises to be a prominent member of the mechanical landscape for years to come.