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!
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A Message from the President:
Spring is almost here, and we have been blessed with a very mild win-ter that made for a shorter and warmer winter construction period. I am sure all of you that have been fortunate enough to have kept busy over the winter months appreciated the weather!
I know it has been doom and gloom everywhere in Alberta with oil prices in the tank and a new gov-ernment that is determined to put more suffering upon us by increasing our taxes and implementing new regulations on industries in Alberta that create the jobs. Unfortunately, there is nothing that we can do except remain positive. I believe oil will come back to a decent price that will enable the in-dustry to sustain a stable balance of smaller growth and profit. When this happens, there should be fewer competitors which will make for steadier work over a longer period of time for the experienced and established companies like GCS that have continually provided their clients with good Quality, Performance and Safety records.
I am confident that we will have a steady year in 2016 as we have already been fortunate enough to be awarded 3 pumping stations as a General Contractor in the Fort McMurray area for Enbridge. These are 6 month long projects that require services from all of our disciplines: Civil, Concrete, Electrical and Mechanical. We have also been very busy in Red Deer bidding a number of other projects that all start in early 2016. I hope to land a few more as we are still in need of more work to ensure everyone has a steady and prosperous 2016.
That is all I know for now. Stay positive, be safe, DO YOUR FLHA’s and be happy the days are get-ting longer and spring is almost here!
Here are the winners of the 100 points for the Monthly Safety Excellence Award:
Red Deer-Wendy MacLennan, Leigh Huddart
Crusher 1-Glen Sadler
Crusher 2-Chris Jenkins
Job 421-Tyler Conway, Steve Vienneau, Wayne Bobb