Company Profiles

Company Profiles

  • Dealing in Piles

    Piling Broker bridging the need to buy and sell equipment

    By Jon Waldman

    Anyone who has been in the piling business for any length of time knows that costs for equipment can get fairly high.

    As a result, there are one of two ways that a company, especially a startup, can go – have a high capital investment at the beginning of a venture by buying equipment, or rental.

    Going the second route, thus, becomes the better option and this is where a company like Piling Broker steps in. Founded in 2015, Piling Broker, through its online portal (pilingbroker.com) and using social media applications like LinkedIn, has in its short time become a leader in providing quality new and used machinery to companies across North America and around the world.

    “So far on average, we have seven to eight listings monthly,” said Irena Zecevic, Piling Broker’s marketing manager, adding that the number of pieces is growing quickly. “We try to list equipment from known sources/dealers or contractors owning the equipment and list equipment that is available for inspection. Each listing is reviewed by our staff and, if approved, then it is made active within one business day.”

  • Deep Roots

    Courtesy of ECA CanadaECA Canada builds on its history to provide specialized foundation equipment

    By J. Lynn Fraser

    ECA Canada’s specialization in foundation construction equipment rentals has deep, dual roots in the North American construction industry. In 1953, the company’s Canadian roots took hold when Special Construction Machines Ltd. (SCM) was established. SCM distinguished itself in the industry when it became the first Delmag diesel pile hammer dealer in North America. SCM’s product range now includes vibratory hammers, hydraulic drill rigs and tieback anchor/micropile rigs. In late 1999, the company was purchased by Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) and was renamed ECA Canada.

    ECA’s roots reach back to 1918 when three Chicago-based companies amalgamated. The Chicago Builders Specialty Company, French & Allen and Marsh-Capron manufacturing became ECA, specializing in equipment rentals. Today, ECA’s operations are based in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Toronto, with sales offices in New Jersey, North Carolina and Indiana.

  • DFI Celebrates 40 Years

    The Deep Foundations Institute has a diverse membership that encompasses all disciplines of the deep foundations industry

    By Lisa Kopochinski

    While the idea for the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) was first formed in 1974, it took another two years for DFI – which would become an international organization of designers, contractors, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry – to become a reality.

    In 1976, deep foundations for building construction were quite commonplace and being utilized to support very large design loads or improve poor soils that were previously unsuitable for construction. However, agencies were in need of qualified designers, contractors and manufacturers/suppliers to collaborate with on major projects.

    “Several people at a Piletalk seminar in Saddle Brook, N.J. – sponsored by Associated Pile & Fitting (APF) – discussed the idea of a ‘piling institute’ that would equally represent designers, field engineers, contractors, materials and equipment suppliers and owners,” said Theresa Engler, who became DFI’s executive director in 2006. “A steering committee was formed and eventually chose the name Deep Foundations Institute to emphasize the broader coverage of all foundation types. In 1976, Hal Hunt and Jack Dougherty of APF – along with the other steering committee members – became the founders.”

  • Doing It All

    Ruskin Construction Ltd. reaches its 25th anniversary with more plans for growth in the coming years

    By Lisa Kopochinski

    Anyone who has worked in construction will tell you it’s a tough industry with many ups and downs – so for a company to reach its 25th anniversary is especially noteworthy. Ruskin Construction Ltd. is one such company that has beaten the odds and showing no signs of slowing down.

    Founded in 1989 by Andrew Purdey of Ruskin, B.C., this privately held company (with its head office in Prince George, B.C.) specializes in six primary markets – bridges, foundations, marine, railway, aerial pipeline and heavy civil construction.

    “We’re proud of our history as a company and appreciate our loyal clients who have made our passage from a small one-crew company to the professional construction team of 300 qualified personnel we are today,” said Ruskin president, Jim Basha.

    Since 1989, Ruskin Construction Ltd. has developed into a professional construction team providing $100 million in annual construction services to a diverse client base located across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Approximately half of Ruskin’s yearly volume is derived through repeat client investments.

  • Drill Down Rise Up

    How do you build something from nothing?
    Fail. Fail again. Then keep right on going.

    By Jess Campbell

     

    The social expectations of high school dropouts aren’t great. We live in a society that tends to value higher education over life or career experience. But every so often, you come across someone who’s defied the odds, literally and figuratively, to not only survive this life, but truly thrive in it.

  • Drilling the Undrillable

    Courtesy of M. Johnston Construction, Ltd.M. Johnston Construction, Ltd. always comes up with something to win the job

    By Barb Feldman

    M. Johnston Construction Ltd. is an industrial and civil contractor specializing in pile driving and foundation construction, bridge construction, maintenance and repair, bridge and mat rentals, industrial steel installation and removal, resource roads and industrial site work. The company is based in Cranbrook, B.C., with a yard in nearby Galloway and a separate avalanche consulting division in Squamish, B.C.

    A proactive approach to environmental protection
    The family-run business was begun by Mike Johnston and incorporated in 1978.

    “Today, a number of employees are also shareholders,” said engineer Monte Johnston, Mike’s son, who began driving a backhoe as a teenager for his family’s company more than a decade ago. The company employs seven people full-time as project managers, supervisors and operators and relies on a core of up to 25 seasonal workers, providing a wide range of services, from small bridge repairs to multi-million dollar contracts, to clients across British Columbia and in Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

    Many projects are located in remote or rural locations, says Johnston, and most are in environmentally sensitive areas, often near fish-bearing creeks and rivers. Environmental professionals are called upon as needed to develop job-specific construction environmental management plans and to provide onsite assistance, and the company takes a proactive approach to environmental protection and has never had a major environmental incident.

  • Drilling to the Core of Customer Service

    Drill Hub Inc. supplies quality foundation drilling products with an emphasis on innovative solutions and fresh thinking

    By Lisa Gordon

     

    In a little more than a year, Drill Hub Inc. has tapped directly into an industry need for quality foundation drilling products, backed up by expert advice and expedited delivery.

  • Driving Differently

    After only five years on the market, Gilbert Inc.’sGrizzly Multigrip pile driver continues to shape the industry

    By Lisa Kopochinski

     

    Since its formation more than three decades ago, Gilbert Inc.’s mission has remained clear:

    “To constantly develop, manufacture and sell the best market-driven equipment in order to help businessesoptimize their production.”

  • Driving Small Diameter Piles?

    Vibe Drive Technologies: small in stature, but sure packs a punch

    By Pat Rediger

     

    Since Neil Montgomery purchased Vibe Drive Technologies three years ago, he has improved the quality of his vibratory pile drivers from the ground-up. He has streamlined the manufacturing processes while remaining intensely focused on turning out fine quality products at a fair price and backed by excellent service.

  • Enaeria

    A sky-high idea that’s really taken off

    By Jim Timlick

    An upstart Hamilton, Ont.-based company is using some sky-high technology to help provide construction crews with a more accurate picture of the work they do on deep foundation construction sites.

    Enaeria uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to perform a variety of functions on construction sites, including visual inspections, surveying and mapping and monitoring. The technology can provide data on everything from the precise location of an individual pile to changes in volume measurement.

  • Equipment Connection

    Kitchener-based DOZR simplifies equipment rentals

    By Barb Feldman

     

    According to Kevin Forestell, the idea for Dozr was conceived in 2015 on a Florida beach when it occurred to him, his wife, Erin Stephenson, and brother, Tim Forestell, just how easy and affordable it had been to arrange their short-term rental property online. Back in Guelph, Ont., their large family-owned landscaping business owned a few hundred pieces of equipment, including many machines that sat idle once snow-removal season was over.

  • ESC Steel

    ESC Group continues to achieve significant milestones as it goes beyond 34 years since its first sheet pile was driven at Magnetic Island, Australia, in 1986

    Submitted by Bruce Colson, ESC Steel LLC

     

    Five years after ESC Group’s first sheet pile was installed in 1986 at Magnetic Island, Australia, the company expanded into Asia in 1991 (first Singapore, then Malaysia and China, and more).They didn’t stop there. In 2004, ESC established itself inthe Middle East, and arrived in the United States in 2012.

  • Experienced Hands

    For over 40 years, Waterworks Construction Inc. has been building its toolkit of experience and reliability

    By Kelly Gray

    When the chips are down and the needs are high, it’s just another day for Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based Waterworks Construction Inc. Since 1975, this Atlantic Canada company has been earning a solid reputation as the go-to guys for all types of piling and unique or challenging heavy civil infrastructure. Today, Waterworks undertakes projects all over the Atlantic Coast including Labrador and Nunavut, as well as the Northwest Territories.

    According to project manager Greg Kerr, his father started the business in the ’70s while studying engineering at university.

  • Family Connection

    Prairie piling company Cam-Arrow Drilling demonstrates the benefits of generational companies

    By Vanessa Kunderman

    Many parents glow with pride as they watch their children grow, but watching your son take over the company you built from the ground up is something only a few get to experience.

    The soft-spoken father-son duo at Cam-Arrow Drilling Inc. has been hauling their rigs all over Manitoba since the year 2000. From helping build homes for Manitoba Hydro up north in Gillam, to developing some of the most bustling business parks in Winnipeg, Cam and Derek Henry have been busy. But over the course of 2014 and 2015, Cam-Arrow ownership is changing hands from father to son.

    As the Winnipeg piling industry continues to grow, the Henry team is hoping to keep Cam-Arrow thriving at a steady pace. And a burgeoning company doesn’t have time for failing equipment, so keeping their rigs, trucks and skid steers top of the line is a major priority, regardless of which Henry is calling the shots.

    “I think our equipment speaks a lot for what we have accomplished,” said Cam Henry, owner of Cam-Arrow. “I think we have the nicest drill rigs in town – we don’t have the most equipment, but ours is top of the line.”

  • Floating Safely

    Poseidon Barge keeps marine projects afloat with innovative solutions

    By Olive Taylor

     

    Poseidon Barge takes pride in offering some of the most versatile and innovative portable sectional marine barges in the industry. Since 1995, the U.S.-based company has been renting or selling sectional barges, hydraulic winches and hydraulic propulsion units to heavy highway construction contractors, bridge contractors, dredging contractors, marine contractors and diving contractors.

  • Foundation Deal

    Equipment Sales & Service expands its product depth and market coverage with the purchase of Selix Equipment

    By Mark Halsall

    Founded in 1946 and now in its third generation as a thriving family-owned business, Equipment Sales & Service Limited (ESS) is one of the country’s most long-standing and established heavy equipment companies. Its extensive presence in Canada’s construction market has grown even larger with the recent purchase of Selix Equipment Inc.

  • From Sea to Sea Beneath the Canadian Landscape

    The fusion of two deep foundation companies

    By Deb Draper

     

    On Jan. 1, 2019, Soletanche Bachy Canada Inc. (SB Canada), an amalgamation of two long-standing foundation engineering and construction companies, became one of the country’s largest geotechnical contractors and the North American leader in Soletanche Bachy’s worldwide network of subsidiaries and partners.

  • Geosolv's Innovative Solutions

    Finding the right intermediate foundation systems technique

    By Barb Feldman

    We provide innovative foundation solutions for the worst soil conditions,” said Mark Tigchelaar, president and founder of GeoSolv Design/Build Inc. “The bulk of what we do is ground improvement with intermediate foundation systems to increase the stability and bearing capacity of a variety of soil types, including clay, sand, peat and fill, to provide sound footing on an engineered crust of soil where one is not naturally present.”

    More than 10 employees work full-time at GeoSolv’s office in Vaughan, Ont., just northwest of Toronto, and the company’s clients are primarily in Ontario, although it has worked as far west as Alberta. GeoSolv’s projects have included tanks, wind towers, retaining walls, slopes and liquefaction mitigation, as well as a variety of other structural applications. Tigchelaar is a licensed engineer in both Ontario and Alberta; he is the past chair of the Canadian Geotechnical Society-Southern Ontario section and is a member of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the Deep Foundations Institute, the Canadian Design-Build Institute and the Railway Association of Canada, as well as a number of local Ontario construction associations.

  • GeoVerra

    A new leader in the Canadian surveying and geomatics industry

    By Deb Draper

     

    Combining the geomatics expertise of two leading professional services firms, GeoVerra is now providing solutions in land surveying, mapping, forestry and geospatial technology to diverse industries across Western Canada and Ontario.

  • Henry Foundation Drilling Inc.

    Three decades of impressive projects

    By Lisa Kopochinski

    Those in the deep foundation construction industry across the country – and particularly Western Can-ada – have undoubtedly heard of Henry Foundation Drilling Inc. (HFDI).

    Based in Vancouver, B.C., HFDI has earned its reputation as one of the most sought-after private drilling companies, largely due to its impressive portfolio of projects spanning three decades.

    Specializing in deep foundation services – including cast-in drilled hole piles, continuous flight auger piles, soldier piles and lagging, secant pile walls, tangent walls, rock drill-ing and gas extraction wells at landfills – HFDI president Don Henry said, “We have the largest, most modern drilling fleet in British Columbia, including a Bauer BG36, Bauer BG28, Bauer BG18, Soilmec SR-80, Soilmec SR-75, Soilmec SR-50 and Soilmec SR-30s. Our specialty is tackling jobs that few other companies can do.”

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