Sur­vive and Thrive

Alberta Oil - - OBSERVER -

It’s no se­cret that the down­turn in com­mod­ity prices has been tough, not just on en­ergy com­pa­nies, but on the ser­vice providers that de­pend on them too. Al­berta-based Spar­tan Con­trols is one of those providers, and its em­ploy­ees have an added in­ter­est in as­sur­ing the com­pany’s suc­cess—with no out­side share­hold­ers, the em­ploy­ees are the com­pany’s sole own­ers and they share in the com­pany’s prof­its ac­cord­ingly.

Spar­tan is a process con­trol, mea­sure­ment and au­toma­tion sup­plier for many dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries in West­ern Canada, in­clud­ing oil ex­trac­tion and wa­ter treat­ment. The com­pany’s chief fo­cus is on the oil and gas in­dus­try, and last year was not an easy one for the sec­tor. GRANT WILDE, pres­i­dent of Spar­tan Con­trols, doesn’t mince words when it comes to how the com­pany is weath­er­ing the down­turn. Sure, it’s get­ting leaner, but it’s also get­ting more ef­fi­cient. To­day, em­ployee own­er­ship re­mains at the core of the com­pany’s cul­ture and, ac­cord­ing to Wilde, it’s the back­bone of the com­pany’s per­sis­tence dur­ing this re­ces­sion too.

Grant Wilde, pres­i­dent of Spar­tan Con­trols

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