Behlen Industries, the largest manufacturer of steel building systems in Canada, will soon start the biggest project in its history which will create more jobs for Brandon workers. The company will complete the job with its Edmonton-based building partner, NWS Construction (NWS). The project includes the manufacturing of 31 buildings for Shell Canada’s Carmon Creek heavy oil development located near Peace River, Alta.
“This is a huge job, which will keep our plant working at full capacity for many months,” said Sean Lepper, vice president & general manager at Behlen. “That means more work for Behlen employees and more jobs during the winter when we’re typically slow.”
All buildings will be manufactured in Behlen’s plant in Brandon and shipped to the construction site, the first expected in December 2014. The scope of this project will have Behlen delivering two to three buildings per month, resulting in steady production for approximately two years. The company has nearly finished an automation project which will allow some of the work currently done by hand to be completed robotically, expanding capacity and opening the door for future large contracts.
The Carmon Creek project will produce about 80,000 barrels of oil per day. The heavy industrial buildings required for the site will need to be built stronger than a typical industrial building, created with reinforced steel and suitable to house heavy equipment. “NWS Construction is one of the largest metal building contractors in Western Canada,” said Shilling Buck, vice president operations manager with NWS. “This project for Shell Canada will be one of the largest in our history. It is a win for our company and for the industry as a whole and we are happy to be partnering with BEHLEN on this project.”