Supply and Demand
By Julie Andras
Seguin and Sons makes adjustments to meet regional demands
By Julie Andras
Ed Seguin & Sons Trucking & Paving Ltd., based in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, has always been a family business.
Ed Seguin & Sons Trucking & Paving Ltd., based in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, has always been a family business. Operating since 1967, the company is a Métis family-owned and operated company in the West Nipissing region in central Ontario and has been expanding rapidly to the surrounding areas with diversified civil services.
|The partnership with McCloskey started in 2010 with a full crushing and screening plant, including J50 jaw crusher, C44 cone crusher and an S190 Triple Deck screener.|
Today, with customers across the northeast region of Ontario, Seguin is providing end-to-end aggregate and quarrying services for public and private projects. Among its services are road construction, drilling & blasting, bulk sampling, along with paving, grading, and custom crushing.
The area along Highway 17 in the Sturgeon Falls region is rich in raw material for the aggregates industry. Ten selected Sand and Gravel Resource Areas, occupying a total of 1,242 hectares, hold resources made up primarily of ice-contact and glaciofluvial outwash deposits. The ten areas are projected to contain a possible aggregate resource of up to 93.5 million tonnes. Precambrian bedrock has the potential to supply large quantities of aggregate material, and exposed bedrock meets the specifications for high value products. (Rowell, 1999)
The company has provided aggregate resources for many integral road construction and municipal infrastructure projects throughout central Ontario. Those projects include Highways 17, 533, 535, 539, 575, 64, and 63, as well as aggregates for hot asphalt mix, West Nipissing municipal roads, Markstay-Warren Municipal Roads, Union Gas Pipe Line, MTO bridges, infrastructure bedding and cover for surrounding municipalities.
In 1994, the family created a spin-off business to take advantage of the boom in the mining industry. SCR Mining & Tunnelling offers leading-edge underground and surface mining services, delivering safe, effective and cost-efficient work.
| From left to right – Pierre Seguin Jr., Pierre Seguin Sr., Maurice Seguin, Marc Berthelot, a 14-year employee with the company, and Jean Seguin.|
The team consists of qualified mining supervisors, safety supervisors, trainers, miners (construction and development), mechanics, electricians, welders, etc. Working together, the two companies complement each other perfectly.
Even during times of economic instability, the company has continued to show significant growth, acquiring more equipment and property. Ed Seguin Trucking has grown steadily into a robust fleet of equipment with an outstanding team of operators who know their product and are passionate about providing the best service possible.
The company has expanded to two quarries and several pits, and continues to seek new ways to meet the demand in the market for their products and services.
|Over 47 years, Ed Seguin has grown into a company which, combined with SCR, now employs over 300 people, runs an active fleet and operates its own quarries.|
Over the past decade, rapid growth has led to investment in equipment that can meet these demands and to the expansion of services offered, including bulk sampling. Equipped with a McCloskey J50, complete with sampling tower and conveyors, Ed Seguin offers can set up and start the bulk sampling process on the same day. In addition to producing a comprehensive spectrum of products, Ed Seguin now also offers custom crushing services for its customers. Major contracts for the company have crossed many projects and applications – from road building for municipalities to mine site developments.
The family relationship has played a key role in the development and growth of Ed Seguin, and so has the relationship with equipment provider McCloskey International. The partnership with McCloskey started in 2010 with a full crushing and screening plant, including J50 jaw crusher, C44 cone crusher and an S190 Triple Deck screener. Just months later, the plant was complete with two stacking conveyors – an ST100 and ST80, and the number of McCloskey machines has grown rapidly with the company. The J50 and C44 that are in the field providing product for Ed Seguin, as well as other companies who require crushing services. The S190 Triple Deck feeds product onto stackers with stockpiling capacities that can meet the market’s ongoing demand.
The company has also made major investments in new machines, and updates to current machines, from a wide range of heavy equipment manufacturers. The expansion includes having heavy equipment in the company’s fleet from: Caterpillar, John Deere, Hitachi, Volvo, Michigan, Champion, Bobcat, Mauldin (paver), International, Kenworth, and Peterbilt.
The diversity of McCloskey equipment in the field has allowed Ed Seguin to not only gain greater control over the final product, but also to expand the services they provide in the region. Quality is of paramount importance, and doing their own crushing allows for a quality control process and standard that was not possible previously.
Over 47 years, Ed Seguin has grown into a company which, combined with SCR, now employs over 300 people, runs an active fleet and operates its own quarries. It has several local road construction and rehabilitation projects on the go, including: Highway 17 (road base, asphalt mix, shouldering), Highway 64 (shouldering), Highway 539 (road base and surface treatment), and Highway 533 (road base, surface treatment).
Looking to the future, Pierre Seguin notes “The north is wide open territory for development – there will be many opportunities ahead to build roads, clear land, develop sites, and work with the mining community and municipalities,” said Pierre Seguin, Project Manager at Ed Seguin. “It’s the road ahead that drives us, and development of the industry in one of the country’s most resource-rich regions.”
With the expected development of the Ring of Fire in the coming years, Seguin and Sons are in a great position to continue to expand its operations.
This story was written by Julie Andras of McCloskey International. It has been edited for use in Rock to Road by Andrew Macklin.