Byron Nelson, Leland Industries

Raised on a farm in Saskatchewan by a father who was also a draftsman for patent applications, Byron Nelson and his brothers inherited a passion for entrepreneurship and fascination with manufacturing processes. Byron entered the work world at the age of 16 in the tool and die trade and shortly thereafter started his long journey in the fastener business. By 1971. he developed the skill and savvy to open his own distribution company. Ever the innovator, in 1984 Byron purchased a few pieces of equipment and formed his own manufacturing company under the name Leland Industries Inc. Through hard work and a knack to finding niche market segments in an industry dominated by large multi-national companies. Leland Industries now has 200.000 sq. ft. and 40.000 sq. ft. manufacturing facilities housing over 300 machines and employs 200 people at 9 locations throughout North America.

Byron has seen the once competitive Canadian fastener manufacturing industry change to one dominated by low-priced imported product with only a handful of Canadian fastener manufacturers left servicing about 10% of the total Canadian market. At a high personal cost and determination to save Canadian manufacturing. Byron successfully pursued anti-dumping remedies in a case that has become the single largest in Canadian history. With great pride, Leland continues to produce products 100% North American made.

While contributing to many charitable causes. Byron has become a staunch supporter of Canadian Diabetes and the Sunnybrook Foundation. He also pursues his love of cars by sponsoring in the Canadian Nascar race series.

With family being such an important part of his life, Byron also takes considerable pride in having his two sons. Jason and Duane. carry out senior management roles in the company.