Our History

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS COME GREAT THINGS

  • The Beginning

    1994

    At 19 years old, Greg Schmidt begins Greg’s Contracting Services Ltd. in his hometown of Hardisty, AB. Starting with small landscape projects and three pieces of equipment, he would later grow his empire exponentially!

  • Hires Employees

    1995

    • Larger projects begin in the local area.
    • Greg’s Contracting Services hires five new employees and has ten pieces of equipment in operation.

  • Red Deer Office Opens

    2005

    • Red Deer office opens
    • Witnessed significant growth in Fort McMurray and other parts of Alberta

  • Procures First Gravel Crusher

    2007

    • Greg’s Contracting Services Ltd. purchases its first gravel crusher
    • First large project awarded; Enbridge Hardisty Merchant Tankage Project
    • Rental and sales division grows to over 150 pieces of heavy equipment

  • Silver TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Vice President’s Award

    2008

    Recipient of the Silver TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Vice President’s Award

  • Gold TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Vice President’s Award

    2009

    Recipient of the Gold TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Vice President’s Award

     

  • TransAlta Presidents Safety Award

    2010

    Recipient of the TransAlta Presidents Safety Award

  • Power in Electricity

    2011

    • Due to growing industry demand, GCS founds an electrical team
    • Larger projects awarded
    • Greg’s Contracting Services Ltd. changes its name to GCS Energy Services Ltd. as a reflection of the company’s continued growth

  • Year of Extreme Growth

    2013

    • Experienced 42% growth.
    • Over $140 million in contracts completed
    • Executed by over 350 employees with more than 250 pieces of heavy equipment
    • Opened a new permanent office in Virden, MB
    • New safety programs and departments are introduced

  • Best Practices Safety Award

    2013

    Nominated for the Best Practices Safety Award through the Construction Owners Association of Alberta

  • Enbridge’s internal Contractor Safety Excellence Award

    2013

    Nominated for Enbridge’s internal Contractor Safety Excellence Award

  • 20 years strong

    2014

    GCS Energy Services Ltd. celebrates 20 years strong 

     

  • Office and shop expansions

    2014

    Office and shop expansions in Red Deer and Hardisty, Alberta

  • Oilweek Magazine

    2014

    President of GCS Energy Services Ltd, Greg Schmidt- Inductee, Class of 2014 Rising Stars, Oilweek Magazine

  • General Contractor of the Year

    2014

    Winner, Alberta Venture Magazine’s 2014 General Contractor of the Year (over $50 million)

  • Alberta Oil Magazine

    2014

    GCS Energy Services Ltd. is recognized as one of the 50 fastest growing Energy Service companies, Alberta Oil Magazine

  • 400 Employees

    2015

    Employee count exceeds 400

  • GCS extends into Concrete

    2015

    With further need to expand our vision as a full-service Industrial Contractor, Concrete solidified its place with GCS.

  • Acquisition of NLS Welding & Contracting Inc.

    2016

    GCS acquired this successful welding & fabrication company in Regina, Saskatchewan, with over ten years’ experience, further broadening our fold of services, in May of 2016.

  • Enbridge Pump Stations

    2016

    General contractor on 3 large diameter pumping stations for Enbridge, utilizing every trade and service we offer: mechanical, electrical, structural, civil, and concrete; alongside our sub trades, such as: coating, insulating and millwrighting.