Paver of the year

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff The 2013 South Glen­garry Busi­ness of the Year Award win­ner took home some more hard­ware last week.

Kingston, Ont.- based Cruick­shank Con­struc­tion Ltd., which has had a strong pres­ence in the town­ship for decades – Mor­ris­burg/ Kemptville/ Green Val­ley Area Oper­a­tions Man­ager J.P. Char­bon­neau is based out of Green Val­ley, also the lo­ca­tion of one of the com­pany’s two ce­ment plants – was named Paver of the Year for 2014 by the On­tario Road Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

The 59-year-old con­struc­tion firm was cho­sen from among three fi­nal­ists based on paving smooth­ness, night paving, com­ple­tion, work­man­ship and prod­uct qual­ity.

The award was based on Cruick­shank’s work on paving High­way 401 in the Na­pa­nee area, be­tween Belleville and Kingston this past year.

The On­tario Road Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion (ORBA) is an arm’s length agency of the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion (MTO) that has worked with each in­car­na­tion of that pro­vin­cial depart­ment (pre- vi­ously the Depart­ment of Highways and later, the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, be­fore be­ing re­named the MTO in 1987) since the for­mer’s in­cep­tion in 1927.

Cruick­shank Con­struc­tion was es­tab­lished in 1956 by Les Cruick­shank, a Bristol Mines, Que. na­tive.

Mr. Cruick­shank, a 2007 in­ductee into the On­tario Road Build­ing Hall of Fame, was a 10year vet­eran of On­tario Hy­dro when he bought his first grader to work on the St. Lawrence Se­away pro­ject in 1956.

Leg­end has it that Mr. Cruick­shank, then 26, pur­chased the ve­hi­cle in Paris, Ont. and drove it 500 km (310 miles) to his work site at Mor­ris­burg, at a top speed of 22 miles (35 km) per hour.

Along the way, he stopped for lunch and – al­legedly – graded the res­tau­rant’s park­ing lot to pay for the tomato sand­wich he ate.

“While the story grows each time it’s told, most of it is true,” Cruick­shank said at the 80th an­nual ORBA con­ven­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2007, ac­cord­ing to dai­ly­commer­cial­news.com. “But I did get $2 as well as my lunch.”

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