About Unicast

For nearly a quarter of a century, Unicast’s mission has remained the same: To respond to industrial wear part challenges and deliver innovative wear parts with outstanding wear life.

Extreme temperatures, high-impact work and tough materials wreak havoc on wear parts, and the frequent replacement and maintenance of these parts wastes huge amounts of time and money. Unicast helps cut down on costs and makes maintenance staff’s job easy by providing wear parts that can withstand even the most abrasive conditions and materials.

Unicast wear parts last longer than other products on the market are easy to install and maintain, minimizing downtime on site while maximizing operations’ profitability.

Founded as a family business in 1994, Unicast sells to distributors, process plants and mine sites worldwide. Based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Unicast now works across multiple continents and in the mining, cement, oil, gas, aggregates, and coal industries.

Managing Team

Devin Mintz

B.ADMIN.
President

Devin Mintz

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Devin Mintz

B.ADMIN.
President

Devin leads operations at Unicast headquarters in Kelowna, including the in-house engineering team responsible for designing and manufacturing products for its international customers.

Devin has more than 15 years of experience in strategic planning, business development and multi-functional team management in oil and gas. Before joining Unicast, Devin held several management positions at the Bulldog Energy Group, Varel Rocks Bits Canada (now Sandvik) and Smith Bits Canada (now Schlumberger). He has a proven ability to analyze organizations critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and develop innovative, cost-effective solutions.

Devin graduated with degree in business management from the University of Maine in 1992 and before that attended Cornell University in Ithaca New York on a hockey scholarship.

Devin won the 1988 Air Canada Cup with the Regina Pat Canadians and is a member of the Regina Sports Hall of Fame.

Ron Birnie-Browne

P.ENG.
VP Sales & Engineering

Ron Birnie-Browne

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Ron Birnie-Browne

P.ENG.
VP Sales & Engineering

Ron has more than 30 years of experience in the drilling bit industry in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to joining Unicast, he was general manager of RBI Canada and led engineering efforts for product and business development for the Canadian market. He also served as General Manager of Varel Rock Bits Canada for seven years, where he grew the company from an $8 million entity to a $30 million company.

Prior to Varel, he worked for global oil and gas service provider Smith International for 12 years, seven of which he was Regional Vice President for Canada. Ron also worked for the Baker Hughes Company for eight years as Regional Field Engineering Manager.

Ron holds a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta and an honours diploma in petroleum engineering technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He has co-authored several technical papers and is a co-patent on several drill bit patents. He is a registered professional engineer (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta) and a registered certified engineering technologist (Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta).

Gerry L’Esperance

Founder

Gerry L’Esperance

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Gerry L’Esperance

Founder

Gerry founded Unicast in Edmonton in 1994 and has more than 50 years of experience in the steel castings and fabrication industries. At Unicast, he assists global mining and cement companies with crusher and milling parts design. He developed the company’s flagship product, the Unicast Diverter Valve.

Prior to Unicast, Gerry held supervisory positions in engineering and sales management for various steel foundries, including Esco, Mainland, Norcast and Quality Steel. He also worked in steel manufacturing companies, including General Electric, Destec and Weldco-Beales.

Gerry studied industrial engineering technology at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, and mechanical engineering technology at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver and Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. He also completed a Canadian Institute of Management certification at Loyalist College and the University of British Columbia.

Why Choose Unicast Wear Parts?

Measurable Improvements in Wear Life

We have countless examples of superior performance of our wear parts in the field. For example, customers who’ve switched to our proprietary abrasive rubber liners have seen a 4X increase in wear life (plus a 15% cost saving in mill efficiency). Others using Unicast blow bars deliver a 50% wear life improvement over traditional bars. Maintenance staff who were only getting 5 weeks out of their diverter valves laughed in disbelief when we said we could deliver 25 years or more. That was 4 years ago. There isn’t a spot of wear on the valve liner yet. Read our Case Studies for more examples

Timely Service

It’s our company mission to provide you with reliable, innovative choices. Our wear part solutions are inspired by day-to-day challenges expressed by guys like you in the field. You talk. We listen. You need design modifications to suit your specific application. Our engineers brainstorm, create and deliver.

Cost Effective

We are honored that you choose to do business with us, and promise to do our best to deliver high-quality products at the best prices. You can request volume discounts, join our corporate discount program, and enroll in our popular “Make and Hold Program” for guaranteed part supply and bulk shipping for greater cost savings. We are known for our quick shipping and, to many, we are the go-to-guys for urgently-needed replacement wear parts.

Old-time Family Values

Unicast started as a family business in 1994, and we’ve made it a priority to keep our values of open communication and teamwork over the years. Our engineers are readily available to discuss and brainstorm solutions to your toughest wear part challenges and, if needed, provide an on-site consultation. Our sales team are also a creative and experienced bunch. They’ve been to more mines and cement plants than you can shake a stick at, providing a valuable, solutions-providing resource for our customers.

Ways You Save with Unicast

Competitive Pricing

High quality wear parts at low prices. It sounds impossible to have both, but cast wear parts are both stronger and easier to manufacture than fabricated/welded alternatives.

Fast Deliveries

Immediate deliveries on stocked wear parts. Non-stock items, such as cooler parts, crusher parts, and grinding mill parts process and deliver within 16-18 weeks. Less waiting, more saving.

Rotating Stock of Select Wear Parts

A rotating stock of 36 valves plus grizzly panels, hammers, drag chain (subject to prior sale), and more ensures that your wear part is ready to be shipped when you need it. How does less than two weeks sound?

Cost Reduction by Design

Unicast wear parts are chock full of features designed to extend wear life, simplify routine maintenance with less downtime, and lower costs while maintaining product strength and reliability.

Reduced Installation Costs

On-site measurement for select wear parts provides perfect-fit design and alloy selection to suit your application.

Corporate Discounts

Contact us for corporate discounts. Let us sit down with you and discuss your wear part issues. Unicast replacement wear parts save money and time for better bottom lines. Call our head office or your local representative for a no-obligation consultation on how Unicast wear parts can dramatically cut your operations costs and maintenance time.

Volume Discounts

Buy more, spend less on product price and shipping costs.