The July edition of the Excavator is now available for your reading pleasure.
Message from the President
Rain, Rain, go away, we have had our fill for now! LOL
Well it is already mid-July, summer is half over unfortunately and I don’t think it has been over 25 degrees for more than 3 days in a row! Oh well, hopefully August is a heater and everyone gets to enjoy some family and friend time at their favorite camping or lake spot this year. The economy is terrible so we may as well enjoy some extra vacation time this year while a person can.
Looks like we finally have all 3 Enbridge pump stations kicked off in the Fort McMurray area. Delays due to fires, materials and operations troubles have set us back a couple of months but we are all glad to be finally going with 3 crews on those projects.
New tender opportunities continue to roll into the Red Deer office to be bid on which is keeping our estimating team busy, unfortunately our batting average isn’t very high this year in comparison to previous years. Hopefully things will turn around for fall work and we can find a couple larger projects to work on and keep some more people and equipment working.
I wish I had more positive news and could tell everyone we landed a huge job but unfortunately I can’t do that this month but I will try hard for next month! Stay safe, stay positive and be happy for the work we do have as I am sure there are others less fortunate out there.
Cheers to all!
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From Greg’s Desk….
What a gorgeous spring we have been having; record temperatures, great working conditions, little to no mud and so far, not much for mosquitoes and bugs either. Thankfully, over the last week we have got some much needed rain and cooler temperatures to help with the fires that are raging across Alberta. Unfortunately, our crews had to be evacuated from the Lynton Station just south of Fort Mac but we look forward to getting the green light so we can return and get back to work.
Bitzy and crew are busy installing water and sewer lines for additional campsites at Hardisty Lake Park. Our Crushers are busy with some contracts to fill. Virden keeps finding odds and ends and some fairly steady maintenance and Eldon’s crew keeps busy around Hardisty with odd jobs on a regular basis.
I wish it was busier and we had twice as much work as we do, but these economic times have unfortunately hit us hard like everyone else in Alberta. In Red Deer, we will continue to bid and look for any work we can possibly find to keep us busy through the spring and summer months but right now it looks like this summer is going to be a slow one. I am hoping that the fall comes around with stronger oil prices and along with those stronger oil prices, some projects that finally get kicked off.
Enjoy the weather. Put your sunblock on. Drink LOTS of water. Do your task cards. Do your job safely and be happy you are working!
We are extremely proud to announce that we secured one of the two Olympic Trials Berths that were awarded this season, for the 2017 Olympic Trials to be held in Ottawa! The first berth went to the Canada Cup winner in December, which was Team Homan from Ottawa. The second spot was to go to the Scotties winner IF they medalled at the World Championship. Unfortunately this years Team Canada came in 4th at the Worlds, so that spot was awarded to the highest ranked team on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) ..and that was US!! We are so thrilled that our hard work paid off. We started the season out perhaps a little slower than some may have anticipated, but we were really taking the time to try new things and to challenge ourselves with some new technical skills. We all know that in business, life and sport that changes just don’t come over night! But, with those changes, Team Jones finished the second half of the season extremely strong! Starting in January, Winning the Skins game, and the Continental Cup propelled us to capturing a Bronze at the Nationals. We finished 2nd at the Players Championship earning us 2nd on the Rogers Cup points. Finally in our last Major Grand Slam of the season in a field of this seasons event champions, we claimed the title as the first Champions Cup Champions!
It was a wonderful way to end our competition schedule.
We are now looking forward to a summer of training in the gym, and on ice.
Jennifer is also expecting her second child at the end of August! Perfect timing as we will most likely require a spare for just our first event of the season in September.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a major part of our journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics. We could not have earned our spot in the 2017 Olympic Trials this season with out you!
We are looking forward to challenging ourselves this off season in the gym with our trainers and nutritionist, mentally with our sport psychologist, as well as tactically/technically on the ice with our coaches. We have big plans and preparations in store for the next year and a half leading up to the Olympics, and we would love to be able to continue our partnership with GCS Energy Services.
Thank you again!
Kaitlyn & Team Jones ( Jennifer, Jill & Dawn)