Selix Equipment Inc. is focused on safety and after-sales service

By Kim Biggar

In less than four years, Ottawa-based Selix Equipment, which supplies drill rigs and consumables to the deep foundation construction market, outgrew the facility where it was launched in 2011, moving in early 2015. Now sharing an 18,000-square-foot space in an industrial park in the city’s east end with Shore Machine Works – a provider of welding repairs, fabrication and precision machining services that is also owned by the partners in Selix – the company has more than doubled the area of its old location.

In addition to servicing equipment in its shop, Selix’s mobile mechanics – its “drill doctors” – repair clients’ rock drills, drill rigs and hydraulic rock breakers anywhere in Canada.

Innovative Piling Solutions, Saskatchewan's largest piling company, sets its sights on going national to give back to their community

By Jess Campbell

What’s it like to do what you love for a living? There aren’t many people who can answer that question honestly; not many people love what they do. Banain Cote, vice president of Innovative Piling Solutions in Martensville, Sask., can answer it with as much honesty as you’d expect from a person who has a true passion for their job. But it wasn’t always that way.

Growing up, Cote was privy to the hard work and dedication that it takes for a person to be a successful entrepreneur. His parents, Rob and Brenda Cote, owned and operated Active Auger Services Ltd. from 2001 to 2007, growing it to a multi-million dollar company with just 12 employees.

Anchor Shoring Group is acquired by GFL Excavating Corporation - Offering demolition, excavation and shoring services together

By Barb Feldman

“There’s a lot of big news in our world!” said Dawn Tattle, the president of Anchor Shoring & Caissons Ltd. After six months of discussions and just a few weeks into the New Year, the Anchor Shoring Group was bought by GFL Excavating Corporation, a division of Green for Life Environmental (GFL). Tattle and Anchor vice-president Derrick Speakman have become shareholders in GFL and will continue their current roles at Anchor. 

Anchor Shoring and Caissons was founded in 1968 by Dawn’s father, Gord Demetrick, and Gord Stack, and the two partners were soon joined by her uncle, Al Demetrick. The company expanded over the years, and by 1975 it included Banner Piling and Excavating, which specializes in pile driving, sheet piling and continuous flight auger projects, and Crown Drilling, formed to drill tiebacks. 

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.”

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