A Brief Introduction To Steeves Agencies

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in About Us, News

Steeves Agencies is a 100% Canadian-owned family business, and we’ve been serving Original Equipment Manufacturers in Canada for over 30 years.  We carry a range of industrial hardware that’s used in trucks, buses, boats (and ships!), airplanes, RV’s, campers, metal boxes, and so much more.

Call us today or use our Contact Form to reach us.  We’re here to help!

Stainless Steel Grades

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Hinges, News

Not all Stainless Steel is created equal.  The Stainless Steel in your barbecue, for example, isn’t the same alloy that would be used in medical instruments or in your kitchen cutlery.  There are a number of different alloys of Stainless, which may or may not include chromium, nickel, and molybdenum.

Since stainless steel resists corrosion, maintains its strength at high temperatures and is easily maintained, it is widely used in items such as automotive and food processing products, as well as medical and health equipment. There are MANY grades of stainless steel, but the most common US grades of stainless steel are:

TYPE 304

The most commonly specified austenitic (chromium-nickel stainless class) stainless steel, accounting for more than half of the stainless steel produced in the world. 304 Stainless is also known as 18/8 for its composition of 18% chromium and 8% nickel.This grade withstands ordinary corrosion in architecture, is durable in typical food processing environments, and resists most chemicals. Type 304 is available in virtually all product forms and finishes.  Most of the hinges, latches, and other products that are listed as “Stainless Steel” on our website are 304 Stainless.

TYPE 316

Austenitic (chromium-nickel stainless class) stainless steel containing 2%-3% molybdenum (whereas 304 has none). The inclusion of molybdenum gives 316 greater resistance to various forms of deterioration.  Some manufacturers specify 316 stainless in applications where the environment is particularly corrosive.  Some continuous and butt hinges and a select few latches we supply are available in 316 Stainless.

TYPE 409

Ferritic (plain chromium stainless category) stainless steel is suitable for high temperatures. This grade has the lowest chromium content of all stainless steels and thus is the least expensive.

TYPE 410

The most widely used martensitic (plain chromium stainless class with exceptional strength) stainless steel, featuring the high level of strength conferred by the martensitics. It is a low-cost, heat-treatable grade suitable for non-severe corrosion applications. 

TYPE 430

The most widely used ferritic (plain chromium stainless category) stainless steel, offering general-purpose corrosion resistance, often in decorative applications. 

Some manufacturers reduce the cost by using a lower grade of stainless steel, which means your product won’t have the same resistance to corrosion that you’re expecting.  If your current supplier can’t (or won’t) provide the material certifications or if you notice that your “stainless” latches are showing signs of rusting or oxidation, maybe we should talk. 

Use our Contact Form to reach us and we’ll set up a time to meet, either on the phone or in person.

Now Available From Eberhard Hardware

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Eberhard, Latches, Multi-Point Latches, News

Whale TailThe new 28400 Series Stamped Whale Tail™ T-Handle is now available from Eberhard and Steeves Agencies!

This new design is similar to the 18400 series, but much lighter!  Still available in a range of finish and locking options and combinations, and water-resistant too!

As your Western Canadian source for Eberhard Hardware, we’re here to help.  We can stock any Eberhard product in Winnipeg for quick delivery to your facility, and can help you find just the right custom part for your project. 

Want to know more? Call us directly at 1-800-318-1119 or use our Contact Form to get more information. 


Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in Eberhard, News, Products

Optimus_PrimeWe just got back from the Truck World Expo in Toronto, Ontario where we were meeting with the nice folks from Eberhard Canada.  Eberhard is a Canadian (that’s right, Canadian) manufacturer of hardware that is typically used on trucks, buses, ambulances as well as toolboxes, RV’s and much more.

Even good ol’ Optimus Prime (pictured here) has a few Eberhard components included.  Incidentally, Eberhard Canada been serving Canadian Manufacturers since 1969.

If you’re interested in top quality components for  your heavy-duty application, we can help you!  Call us today or use our Contact Form to reach us.

The Pain Of Change

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in About Us, News

Have you ever asked someone WHY they do something a certain way, only to get the answer “We’ve always done it that way.”?  Do they continue to use an old system because it’s truly the best, most efficient way or is it because it’s easier to stay the course than to evaluate and improve?  This is an age-old question. 

What is the cost of change?  There are certainly “costs” involved in making change, whether it’s changing a vendor or updating a drawing.  You might consider the cost of your time to evaluate the old process to determine potential changes that could increase profitability.  Does the increased efficiency create a return on your time investment?  In other words, is it worth the change?  If a change requires updates to your purchasing system (new vendors, updating Bills of Material, certifications), it may seem a daunting task but even so, you should consider the long term benefits of such a change.

Part of our focus, when working with established manufacturers, is on the cost of ANY change we might be causing.  Even a “drop-in replacement” can have a positive effect on your bottom line.  It’s possible that by going through the work of adding a new vendor, certifying and approving that vendor, you might experience a reduction in warranty repair costs, or even shipping costs.

We believe that our business is not just about selling latches, but about helping our customers become more profitable, more efficient.

Call us today, or use our Contact Form to reach us.  We’d love to get to know you, learn about your company, and see if we can help you. We promise never to make you change for the sake of change.

Stainless Steel Parts

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News, Uncategorized

We now have a line of parts that are made entirely out of Stainless, from a Canadian supplier!  We’re please to supply a range of items made in Stainless, which are ideal for marine applications, or even in places where corrosion resistance is a key factor: mines, for example.

Suncor2 Shackles are available in all common sizes, and what isn’t available from stock can be specially ordered.  Anything is possible!

Available with a variety of pin styles, too!

Suncor3Lifting eyes just look better in stainless!  Many ring diameters and thread size options available. 

Suncor4Snap hooks are widely used around marinas and docking areas, but they’re not always stainless!  You need the good ones (hint:  the stainless steel version!)

Suncor5These stainless clips are strong and versatile.  Also available in a range of sizes, these rugged carabiner-type clips are great for securing a range of materials.

Manitoba PST Is Changing On July 1, 2013

Written by Brian Steeves on . Posted in News

The 2013 Manitoba Provincial Budget includes a change in the Provincial Sales Tax rate, from 7% to 8%, effective July 1, 2013.  While this won’t affect most of our customers, it will affect those who use our products for repairs and/or maintenance, as well as our Cash Account customers.  Sorry folks!