Business as usual
No changes are planned for the Cruickshank Group of companies after the construction and road maintenance operations were purchased by Toronto-based Coco Group.
“We are excited to add their expertise and strong local position to complement our existing staff,” says Anthony Rossi, a director with Coco Group, which has acquired Cruickshank Construction Limited, Greyleith Limited, High Road Maintenance Inc., and Cruickshank Properties Corp.
With 700 employees, Cruickshank will enable Coco Group to “better service our customers in heavy civil construction and asphalt paving projects and by providing quality aggregate materials from 19 licensed pits and quarries and performing area maintenance contracts, clearing more than 1,000 kilometres of roadway every winter.”
Founded in 1956 by Les Cruickshank, the company, which has a site in Green Valley, has 18 pits and quarries, producing 1.4 million tonnes of aggregates annually.
“Our overall safety record is better than industry average and we have often hit in excess of 1 million man hours without a lost time injury,” Cruickshank says on its web page.
“We clear snow from more than 2500 kilometres of roadway every winter,” the company says. It has a fleet of 230 trucks, recycles 75,000 tonnes of asphalt per year, and as part of road maintenance services, removes 300 kilograms of debris per kilometre every year.
“We’re proud to protect three wild species through Ontario’s ‘species at risk’ program,” says Cruickshank.
At the same time, “Last year we used 1.1 million pounds of explosives in our drilling and blasting operations for quarrying rock.”
With this acquisition, Coco runs 30 stationary asphalt plants, five portable asphalt plants, two portable concrete batch plants,
four stationary ready-mix plants, two crushing plants for external and internal aggregate supply, a concrete pipe and box culvert manufacturing plant, a fleet of over 5,000 pieces of equipment and an asphalt cement terminal in Millhaven.
Coco Group has over 54 years of experience and is privately owned and operated by the Coco family. It was started in 1964 by Nina and William Coco in Windsor.