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Canada’s Piling Industry
Vol. 14, No. 4
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Welcome to the final issue of Piling Canada for 2019! There was much
excitement this year with new technologies hitting the market,
growth and expansion for many companies and a federal election. Of
course, the year hasn’t been all rosy. Uncertainty continues to swirl
around the future of skilled trades as industry faces an ongoing labour shortage.
In times of uncertainty, it can feel as though we are facing these difficulties alone.
However, the skilled labour shortage, political and economic uncertainties are
not only Canada issues – or North American for that matter. Writer Mark Halsall
caught up with Aarsleff Ground Engineering out of the U.K. and Keller Canada to
discuss the “State of the Industry” on both sides of the Atlantic, and what is being
done to solve these issues. Head over to page 28 for the whole story.
In February, I received an email from Jacob Schönberg over at Scandinavian
Pile Driving (SPD), located in Sweden. Schönberg informed me that SPD would be
landing in Canada soon as they had just sold a rig to Quebec-based Preco-MSE.
Congratulations Preco-MSE on your new rig, and to SPD for its Canadian debut.
Flip to page 17 to learn more about these two companies.
One of the new technologies this year comes from industry veteran Liebherr. The
company has introduced to market the world’s first rig with “Local Zero Emission.”
Find the full story on page 21 to learn more about the LB 16 unplugged. Drop me
a line if you find yourself working on this rig in the future, I’d love to hear about
With a new federal cabinet announced in November, it might be time for you
to get political. You can help steer the changes that impact your business by becoming
involved with local, provincial and federal governments. Although, that may be
easier said than done. There is no doubt that speaking up to ensure your voice is
heard can be intimidating. On page 57, find the article “Let’s Get Political” for some
great tips and advice on how and why you should advocate for your business and
industry to government.
As always, I hope you enjoy this issue of Piling Canada. I’m always on the lookout
for great stories from our industry to share, so please feel free to drop me a line. You
still have time to submit your projects for the third Great Canadian Projects issue. I
can’t wait to see what everyone has been busy with all year! If you haven’t yet, don’t
forget to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!
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