VMAC is the leader in compressed air innovation®, designing and manufacturing the most innovative mobile air compressors and multi-power systems available.
We do this with hard-working, dedicated people who devote their working lives to improving the mobile air industry. VMAC coworkers put their own tools, equipment and skills to the test every day, constantly pushing boundaries in the pursuit of excellence.
We build every VMAC system in-house with the promise that it will work as hard as you do, and we back this promise with our VMAC Lifetime Warranty.
VMAC is one of the only true air compressor manufacturers in North America. We design, engineer and manufacture our air compressors and multi-power systems in-house, at our 40,000 ft2 headquarters in British Columbia, Canada.
We craft our own rotors and parts using an in-house foundry, CNC machines, and other specialized equipment. Investing in our own machines and parts creation allows us to refine our parts and products at will, while maintaining upmost quality.
Our individual components are then assembled on-site into VMAC air compressor and multipower systems. Every complete unit is tested, then packaged up and shipped out.
Our Talented Teams
VMAC uses a cross-disciplinary approach to innovation and invention. That’s why you’ll frequently find our employees collaborating across departments, sharing ideas, and working together to solve challenges of every size. We sincerely believe our ideas are better when we borrow our perspective from numerous disciplines and that’s reflected in our high-quality products.
Our 130+ employees come from a variety of backgrounds and specialties, including:
- Supply Chain
- Tech Support
- Sales & Marketing
- Quality Control
VMAC is an ISO 9001 certified company and we take that seriously. We are committed to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction, which we support with a robust Quality Management System and LEAN methodology (also called Six Sigma). From the way we organize our shelves to our endless re-invention of the best mobile air compressors on the market, we are always pushing ourselves to be even better.
VMAC’s History & Origins
You’ve heard stories about businesses transformed by ideas that can’t fail. Startups that made millions overnight. Companies so perfectly timed, it seems like fate.
That isn’t the story of VMAC.
VMAC’s story is one of perseverance. It’s a story of fighting against the odds, standing up after failure, and refusing to give up when everything is falling apart. It’s also a story of friendship.
VMAC exists today because of two men and three phone calls.
In the fall of 1986, Jim Hogan had the opportunity to build jet engines for the Canadian Department of National Defense but hadn’t entirely gotten the project off the ground. He needed help. Jim thought of his high school friend, Tony Menard, who seemed born to become an entrepreneur.
The first call was made.
“If I did something smart that day, it was to think of Tony. I called him up and asked him how he was,” said Jim. “Tony said he wasn’t great. He had been laid off the day before, and the company he was working for had closed its doors. I said, ‘that’s great news,’ and he didn’t hang up on me…”
Tony and his family packed their bags and moved East to Kitchener, ready to pursue Jim’s exciting new opportunity. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before the same recession that claimed Tony’s employer also cost the men their military contract.
But all wasn’t lost. The pair still had an unwavering work ethic and a complete machine shop, conveniently located in the heartland of Canadian manufacturing. Jim and Tony started machining tooling and other small parts for local businesses, quickly earning a reputation for their high-quality craftsmanship.
In 1988, the second call came.
Parker Sturdy Manufacturing, a service truck builder that had become a loyal customer, needed new air compressor mounting brackets. The brackets PSM was using kept breaking and air compressors were falling off their trucks on the highway.
Tony was instantly excited, but Jim wasn’t convinced.
“Tony told me about the phone call and I told him not to worry about it. We were already busy and had never made brackets like that. He said, ‘well, I’ll go and meet with them. What harm can it do?’ …Tony came back, and we were designing brackets,” said Jim.
Shortly after, Tony and Jim decided on the name “VMAC,” and the mobile air compressor business was good to them for a while. In 1990, Tony bought Jim out and moved the company to Nanaimo, his hometown.
But Nanaimo didn’t have the same strong manufacturing spirit as Kitchener and VMAC inevitably hit hard times. The business was failing, Tony was struggling, and he now had two sons and a daughter to provide for.
Tony was about to shut down VMAC forever when the third phone call came.
Mike Gauthier, a friend, caught wind of Tony’s plans to close VMAC. He wouldn’t have it. Mike brow-beat Tony into not giving up and is now known as the “VMAC Angel” because of what happened next.
IMT called a few days later to ask Tony to fully design and manufacture engine mounted air compressors for their company. This single deal gave VMAC the consistent revenue stream needed to pay the bills and re-ignite the company’s growth.
Tony made it his mission to find only the best possible people for the new VMAC team and he did exactly that. Jim also returned to help VMAC with engineering research and development projects—his true passion.
VMAC invented the first vehicle-mounted rotary screw air compressor, then developed several new product lines, endured the 2009 global recession, gained a reputation for world-class mobile air compressors, and steadily increased profits. Things were going well.
Then, on July 4, 2010, the company endured a tragedy no one was prepared for: Tony died suddenly in a firearms accident.
The loss of a founder is difficult for any company, and VMAC was no exception. But Tony had built a strong company with employees who shared his innovative spirit, unrelenting perseverance, and commitment to family values. Standing together, VMAC’s employees found the way forward.
Today, VMAC’s people continue to live the same values the company was founded on. We work hard. We support one another. We stand up after failure. At VMAC, we persevere, and we overcome every challenge that comes our way.
VMAC’s Purpose & Core Values
To carry forward the innovative spirit established by our founders through our products, the superior customer service emphasized in our every relationship, and the family values core to how we do business every day.
Our core values serve as the ethical compass that prescribes how we must act to achieve our purpose.
We place the safety of our coworkers and products above all else.
We treat customers, coworkers, and suppliers with respect at all times.
We continuously improve our processes and products to provide maximum customer value.
We lead the market by innovating with a deep understanding of product design.
We aren’t afraid to fail. We must test our ideas and learn to succeed.
We persevere as long as a cause remains worthy.
We are accountable to ourselves and our teams.
We must be profitable to be sustainable.