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It has been 100 years since land sur­v­eyor and engineer William Gordon McElhanney started his company with a one-room office in Vancouver. A lot has changed, both in western Canada and the rest of the world, but McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. continues to provide extensive mapping, surveying and engineering design and project work.

For a business that began in 1897, McCarthy Improvement Co. is doing very well. The company specializes in concrete paving services but offers its clients much more. “Like any other operation, we had to diversify to stay in business,” claims Ron Sines, executive vice president. “There really isn’t much we don’t do.”

As the economy rebounds, LMS Reinforcing Steel Group already is in an ideal position as the largest independent reinforced steel fabricator and installer in western Canada. How­ever, the Surrey, British Columbia-based company plans to increase its presence in the prov­inces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba by capitalizing on its unique competitive advantages and continuing to provide exceptional customer service in a diverse range of construction sectors.

When Lancor Concrete Contractors Ltd. founders and co-owners, General Manager Louis Landry and Super­intendent Gerald Cormier started the Dieppe, New Brunswick-based company in 1987 with two pick-up trucks and five employees, their mission was to deliver quality concrete formwork services to clients in the maritime provinces of Canada – particularly in New Brunswick – while maintaining competitive wages and a safe working environment for its union field crew.

Dredge America prides itself on its professionalism as well as its ability to perform projects across the United States. “The main thing that distinguishes us is our professionalism, which we feel is way above and beyond anyone else in our pro­fes­sion across the board,” President Dan McDougal says. “We have new and very well maintained equipment, and our crew is very clean-cut, well-dressed and courteous to clients,” he adds. 

After five years in operations as a civil contractor, TraKSouth Civil Contractors wants to expand its footprint in the Southeast region, and is doing so through a key acquisition and smart hiring practices. Based in Augusta, Ga., TraKSouth named John G. Hudson its president on June 28. This adds a great deal of experience to the executive ranks, with Hudson previously serving as a project manager at Gemini Construction Co., where he managed enclosed mall redevelopment and construction projects. Hudson also has become an owner of TraKSouth through personal investment. 

Besides its core civil, structural and geotechnical engineering for transportation, public works, water re­sources, telecommunications, institutional, education and healthcare, Tectonic Engineering also is adding to its focus projects in the energy sector for wind power, smart grids and natural gas.

Idaho Sand and Gravel Co. is working to complete a $34 million interchange construction project on a well-travelled stretch of Interstate 84 through its namesake state next year. The project, commissioned through the Idaho Department of Trans­por­tation through federal bonds, involves replacing a bridge that spans the highway at Ten Mile Road with a single-point urban interchange. Work started last December with the demolition of the bridge, Project Manager Shawn Parker says.

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