Busi­ness as usual

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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.

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