Community leaders, guests and company employees last week participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour to officially open the newest addition to Cementation’s North Bay operations. This new facility significantly increases work and warehouse space as well as provides enhanced lifting, electrical and compressed air capacity to further support the servicing of Cementation’s underground fleets, raise boring plants and shaft sinking equipment which is utilised on mining projects around the globe.
Located adjacent to the company’s existing shop, the new facility and expanded staging area is situated within North Bay’s city limits. The shop has a dedicated and environmentally isolated electrical shop and is capable of operating and testing electrical motors up to 600 hp, along with a compressed air system to allow for the operation and testing of pneumatic equipment. In addition, new 50 and 20 t overhead cranes have been installed as well as embedded floor anchors to secure hoists and winches for testing. The increased capacity will allow for additional staff to be hired as the need for Cementation’s services continues to grow.
Roy Slack, President of Cementation Canada said, “This new facility expands our capabilities to better service our projects and reinforces our commitment to continue to support our clients’ needs.” Cementation will continue to utilise its existing 10,000 sq ft shop, built in 2006, as heated warehousing space and for shipping/receiving.
Cementation has also been recognised as one of Canada’s Safest Employers for 2017. The gold award in the Mining and Natural Resources category was presented to Cementation during the Canada’s Safest Employers Awards Gala, hosted by Canadian Occupational Safety and Thomson Reuters on October 24 in Toronto. The Canada’s Safest Employers Awards were launched in 2011 and acknowledge companies from across Canada with outstanding accomplishments in promoting the health and safety of their employees. Companies are evaluated on a broad range of initiatives including employee training, OHS management systems, incident investigation, emergency preparedness and innovative health and safety initiatives.
“We are thrilled to be recognised as one of Canada’s Safest Employers,” says Slack. “Our company, management and our supervisors all care about the well-being of our employees and one of the ways we demonstrate that care is through our commitment to safety.”
“This recognition is a true reflection of the sincere commitment to ensuring a safe and healthy workplace by Cementation and all our employees. We continue to work hard at improving our safety culture and structure as we never want to settle for the status quo,” states Steve Wrixon, General Manager Health and Safety of Cementation Canada.