Paver of the year
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.”