Company Profiles
Anyone who has ever spent anytime in Gander, Nfld. will tell you: this is an aviation town. Being my first trip to this part of The Rock, I was unfamiliar with the aviation industry’s impact. As I drove around the town of 11,000-plus residents, I passed by entire neighbourhoods that honoured the pioneers of aviation. In most cases, I would have had no idea. Fortunately for me, I was driving alongside long-time Gander resident Jerry White.
Ernest S. Matheson (Ernie) was a true entrepreneur, always adapting to his environment and circumstances. Shortly before The Second World War, Ernie started up his own trucking business, hauling whatever needed moving.
Small rural communities across Canada offer many wonderful advantages from the hustle and bustle of large urban areas – amazing scenery, clean air, beautiful night skies and bountiful wildlife, to name a few.
February 15, 2018 - When Bruce’s Landscaping Services started up in the mid-1970s, the owner probably didn’t expect it to eventually become a significant player in the rehabilitation of Regina’s roads.
November 24, 2017 - ORBA is pleased to announce that David Caplan will be joining the Ontario Road Builders’ Association as chief operating officer effective Monday December 4, 2017.
October 31, 2017 – Ritchie Bros., a global asset management and disposition company, sold more than 6,800 pieces of equipment and trucks last week in Edmonton for more than $94 million (more than $73 million U.S.). Sales were generated during a four-day auction that attracted more than 9,850 bidders from 47 countries, including more than 7,300 online bidders.
October 3, 2017 - When it comes to a company the size of Kelly Panteluk Construction Ltd. (KPCL), keeping it staffed with qualified and competent people comes with it some challenges. The Estevan, Sask. based company is one of the largest privately-owned heavy equipment earth moving and underground services companies in Saskatchewan. It currently employs 240 people and employed upwards to 300 during its busiest season on record.
September 8, 2017 – SYSTRA is transforming its global bridge engineering capability with the acquisition of International Bridge Technologies (IBT), a world-renowned bridge design company.
June 30, 2017 – Richard Schreck has accepted the position of technical services and applications director with Astec, Inc.
January 26, 2017- Silvio Bot (receiving the award posthumously) and Robert Taylor will be inducted into the Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at ORBA’s 90th Convention and Annual General Meeting. 
December 5, 2016 - When Fred J. Dawson opened his contractor business and started work on his first contract in 1922 – the construction of a waterline in the Kootenays – it’s hard to imagine that he would have expected Dawson Construction to grow into the company it is today.
October 4, 2016 - The equipment train creeps along as it continuously heats and grinds off 50 millimetres of old asphalt surface. A conveyor passes it back into a twin-shafted pug mill where it is thoroughly mixed with a rejuvenating agent and 20 per cent virgin asphalt. Another conveyor dumps it into a paving hopper. It is laid down and compacted to the correct density. Twenty minutes later, the freshly recycled layer of pavement is ready to drive on.
July 29, 2016 - As in other industries, asphalt companies are not immune to the advances of multi-nationals interested in expanding operations through the acquisition of successful businesses. Multi-generational, family-run companies, however, offer a particular level of experience, expertise and efficiency that is difficult to ramp up in a larger organization.
Nearly three decades after leaving the paving side of road construction, Nova Construction, an Antigonish, Nova Scotia-based asphalt business, is back.
In life, taking that first step in a new direction is often the hardest.  To do it right requires knowledge and guts.
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