Highway contract changes hands

Leader staff

It probably won’t make much difference on the ground, but Carillion is out of the business of highway maintenance in Alberta. Ontario too, after the company sold out that part of its business to a firm called Emcon Services.

Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason made the announcement late last week.

“The agreement will ensure that highway maintenance in Carillion’s former contract areas will not be interrupted,” Mason said in a July 26 news release.

Frank Rizzardo of Emcon said in the same release that all Carillion staff would be retained, and a few more hired.

“We’re hiring 10 to 12 mechanics and mechanical apprentices and between 60 and 80 new winter equipment operators,” says Rizzardo.

The move by Carillion brings to a close the British company’s foray into Canadian highway maintenance, which was somewhat rocky from the start. News earlier this year that the parent company had gone broke didn’t do a lot for the already shaky confidence of Albertans in Carillion’s ability to get the job done.

According to the release last week from Alberta Transportation, Emcon is a highway and bridge maintenance company operating in B.C. and Ontario.

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