Vendor Spotlight

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In order to provide some more background and information around some of the component pieces and hard work that are going into the Heartland Complex project, we’ll be profiling some of our vendors and suppliers who have been providing their skill while working with us to ensure a safe, successful build. 

Meet: Willowridge Construction

In our third interview in this series, we spoke with Tyler Gabert, President of Willowridge, and Jordan Rumohr, VP, Business Development for Willowridge. Located in Fort Saskatchewan and specializing in industrial construction projects, Willowridge has been an Industrial General Contractor operating in Alberta since 1986. We spoke with Tyler and Jordan in November, 2018.

Tyler Gabert Above: Tyler Gabert, President, Willowridge Construction

Q: Tyler, let’s start with you. Can you give us a bit of an overview about Willowridge?

Tyler: Willowridge has been around since 1986, and since the early 2000’s we’ve concentrated our operation on the heavy-industrial area of business, and that’s our primary focus. We provide a range of services to the industry from general site maintenance to more specialized services with our staff of carpenters, operators, labourers and maintenance personnel. We have about 150 employees in the field, on average.

Q: How did your company get involved with Inter Pipeline and the Heartland Petrochemical Complex project?

Tyler: Willowridge has a long-standing history of working with Williams (prior to Inter Pipeline’s acquisition), and it was through that relationship (and some of the projects that we worked on previously) where we first heard about the planned construction of the Heartland Petrochemical Complex. It was exciting news, and from the beginning we had been following that conversation and said that when this build is ready to go forward, we'd love to have the opportunity to contribute and participate in this project.

Q: Can you speak a bit about what the Heartland Petrochemical Complex project has meant to Willowridge?

Tyler: This has been really exciting for Willowridge for multiple reasons. It's an opportunity for us to be involved in an important project that's changing the dynamics in Alberta from the ground up. We're involved in this ground-breaking facility that’s being built here in our back yard. We're a local provider in this area, and the Heartland project has been a huge boost for the Fort Saskatchewan area. The other thing that's been so exciting is the people that we've met and been lucky enough to work with, and to see the positive working culture and collaborative safety environment that we're seeing Inter Pipeline bring to the table every day on site. I feel really fortunate that we're able to contribute and be a part of all this.

Q: One more question, Tyler. Have there been any particular moments or highlights that stand out for you on the Heartland project?

Tyler: Oh, yes. A couple of highlights that stand out for me on this project are the people that we've worked with and the grass-roots culture that Inter Pipeline is building on site. It's exciting and the work is fast-paced, but the feeling is collaborative and progressive. It's collaborative in the sense that we're working hard, we're going make this happen, we're going to be safe, and we're going to be efficient – and we've really felt from the Inter Pipeline team that they're rooting for us, and that makes all the difference in the approach that we take. Everyone involved in this build is positioning all of us for success, and it makes us realize how fortunate we are to be a part of the Heartland Petrochemical Complex project.

Jordan Rumohr Above: Jordan Rumohr, Vice President, Business Development, Willowridge Construction

Q: Jordan, tell us a bit about your background with Willowridge and the local business community.

Jordan: I’m proud to say that I was born and grew up right here in Fort Saskatchewan. I've been at Willowridge for the last three years. Before that, I played a bit of a role throughout the region, working for some of the local municipalities in a global business attraction role. I was familiar with the major industrial players throughout the region, and when I had the opportunity to come to Willowridge in the business development position, I leapt at it, and have loved it.

Q: In terms of what you've seen, how would you describe the Heartland Petrochemical Complex project in relation to the other projects in the area?

Jordan: When you look at the region, at the Alberta industrial heartland and the Province as a whole, the last several years have been challenging ones for the energy industry. Certainly with Inter Pipeline coming in and building this facility it's been a tremendous boost - not only for this region, but also for the Province of Alberta, and Canada as a whole. So it's very exciting times around here. You see it in all kinds of ways: whether it's the local employment and the economy, or the other businesses in the area that are benefiting by increased activity that the Heartland Petrochemical Complex is bringing here.

Q: One last question. When you think about the Heartland Petrochemical Complex, what does it mean to you, personally, being born and raised here in Fort Saskatchewan?

Jordan: Tyler and I talk about this all the time. While it’s exciting to be one of the contractors on site each and every day, and to employ local people, it’s also incredible to see the impact that this project is having on the community. It's more vibrant. There's a lot of things going on, there's people moving around. Hotels are busy, restaurants are busy. So it's really having an impact on so many levels. It's not just the contractors, it's not just the suppliers -it's the local sports teams and local schools that are being impacted positively by increased sponsorship and things like that. So as someone who's born and raised in Fort Saskatchewan and proud to call this region home, it's amazing to see the positive impact that the Heartland Petrochemical Complex is already having, and we're really just getting started.

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