Company announcements, key events and other news important to Canada's deep foundation construction industry


Harper Government expands training and skills development opportunities for women

On July 7, 2015, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment of $2,097,375 to expand the Women Building Futures’ (WBF) Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Program.

Well-known companies, such as Emeco, Finning Canada, Immersive Technologies, Imperial, Lehigh Hanson, Mammoet Canada Western Ltd. and SureHire, support the WBF HEO Program by providing WBF with access to services and resources that ensure women receive the skills and experience needed to pursue their careers.

“Our government is committed to ensuring Canadians have the necessary skills and training they need to fill available jobs in our economy,” said Rempel. “We are proud to support this collective initiative, which will not only increase economic opportunities for women by providing them with the skills they need to succeed, but also help to develop the talent required for the growth of our economy.”

Quick facts:

Federal funding will support the equipment purchase of two 100-ton haul trucks, a loading tool and simulators, as well as simulator support packages, conversion kits and e-learning modules.

By 2020, WBF anticipates to have close to 100 HEO program graduates per year.


Kelly Tractor Co. introduces IMT AF300E hydraulic drilling rig to North America

Kelly Tractor Co., a leading provider of construction equipment throughout the United States and Canada, has added the IMT AF300E Tier 4 drill rig to its sales and large rental fleet. With this introduction, Kelly continues to expand its leadership in the foundation drilled shaft industry as the only dealer in North America to offer the next generation of IMT drill rigs.

 The new IMT AF300E hydraulic drilling rig, available in either standard mast (left in photo) or LCA (right in photo) configuration, is built on a Caterpillar power module with a C13 Tier 4 engine package. With its standard 4 element, 46-metre kelly bar, the rig develops 228,645 ft-lb of drilling torque at the tool.

 “We listened to our customers,” said Bruce Budd, manager, Crane and Foundation Group for Kelly Tractor Co. “This rig configuration is exactly what contractors have been asking for.”

 For the past 19 years, Kelly Tractor Co. has been a leader in the foundation drilling equipment industry. The company’s field experience and knowledge, financial resources and strong dealer network were paramount to the collaboration with IMT and Caterpillar that resulted in this new IMT rig. Kelly Tractor’s influence on the full line of IMT drill rig designs has created assurance that quality drill rigs are sold, maintained and serviced by a company with a track record of excellence in providing fast and competent customer service.

 “Kelly Tractor Co. has been providing exceptional sales and service to the construction industry for more than 80 years,” said Budd. “Being ahead of the crowd and focusing on customer service is a distinct advantage for our customers with IMT machines. The Caterpillar dealer network services the Caterpillar power base, and Kelly professionals maintain the drill portion. This partnership is the strength behind the new design. It reduces downtime and enables us to effectively sell, lease and service a rig anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.”

 Headquartered in Miami, Kelly Tractor Co. serves the construction industry with a wide variety of equipment. Since 1933, the company has provided rentals, leasing, sales and servicing of equipment for highway and bridge building, water and sewer, land development, housing, aggregate quarries, agriculture, warehousing, seaports, marinas and other markets. Kelly Tractor Co. sells and rents IMT hydraulic drilling rigs to foundation drilling contractors throughout the Western Hemisphere.

 To learn about Kelly Tractor’s rental and financing packages, or to check out the AF300E in person, contact Bruce Budd at 561-210-4838
or visit www.kellytractor.com/foundation-group.


Trade contractors perform more than 80 per cent of construction work in Canada.

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Trade contractors applaud the Canadian Construction Association for including the naming of subcontractors in the construction bidding process as a best practice

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is set to release a bulleting that will recommend that bid calling authorities require the listing of major trades, critical subcontractors and subcontractors with a significant value to the contract price in bids. This is a positive and necessary change that increases transparency and accountability in Canada’s construction industry while creating greater stability in the work environment for trade contractors. The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) supports the move and is encouraging CCA to continue its productive and balanced review of standard practices.

The change comes on the heels of work conducted by a task force report to CCA’s Standard Practices Committee. The task force put forward its recommendations to the committee with the goal of achieving consensus on best practices to prevent bid shopping. To do this, they engaged a wide range of stakeholders in the construction industry including general contractors, road builders, heavy civil contractors, manufacturers and suppliers, and trade contractors.

“The Standard Practices Committee of CCA conducted a thorough review of options concerning bids and should be commended for the depth of consultation they took on,” said John Blair, NTCCC director and executive director of the Canada Masonry Centre. “Groups supporting this change are clearly stating that they prefer transparency and fairness and would prefer not to operate in the dark.”

Trade contractors perform more than 80 per cent of construction work in Canada. Over the coming months, NTCCC will work toward the implementation of Prompt Payment Legislation at the federal level. Support from stakeholders like CCA is important to the success of initiatives that aim to create a more accountable and effective construction industry in Canada.

NTCCC was established in 2004 to provide an organized forum for Canada’s national trade organizations to share information, resources, and to collaborate on issues that are of common interest all. The membership is currently comprised of: Canadian Roofing Contractors Association, Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association, Canadian Masonry Contractors Association, Canadian Electrical Contractors Association, Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada, Interior Systems Contractors Association, Thermal Insulation Association of Canada, Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada-Contractors Division, Sheet-Metal Contractors Association, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, and the Tile, Terrazzo and Marble Guild.  

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