Survive and Thrive
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