Penticton and South Okanagan
Premier visits Britco in Penticton
Sep 27, 2013 / 2:00 pm
Premier Christy Clark stopped by Britco in Penticton Friday, to praise the company for its most recent success.
A new $100 million project for Langley-based Britco involves the company in designing and building accommodations for a large workforce housing project for the Devon Energy Corporation in Northern Alberta. Devon is a major oil and natural gas exploration and production company.
"This is a demonstration of how Britco and the people who work at Britco deliver quality," she said. "And its companies like this one and people like you who are really what the BC Jobs Plan is all about."
The accommodations will be comprised of more than 1,500 rooms that will be built in Britco's modular construction facilities in Agassiz and Penticton.
This is the second project undertaken by the company for Devon and is expected to start in October and last until December 2015, not only providing work for the company, but for subcontractors as well.
Earlier this year, Britco completed work on an 880 room accommodation facility in the same region.
During her whirlwind visit, the premier visited with employees, suppliers and sub contractors at the facility and was shown some of the work underway for the project.
She emphasized it was the company's second project for Devon.
"This is a demonstration of how Britco and the people who work at Britco deliver quality," she said. "Because customers don't come back for a second time for an even bigger project ,if you don't deliver quality the first time."
She praised the company's more than 36 years in operation and the fact some subcontractors have been in business for more than 100 years, as well as making the observation that the company provides good paying jobs, helping to support families in a community like Penticton.
She further focused on the transformative opportunity that now exists to build the LNG business in BC, saying 100,000 jobs will be created as a result of liquefied natural gas.
Britco president Mike Ridley said it was fantastic to have the premier visit the company.
"It means a lot to our employees that she would take time out of her busy schedule to come by," he said.
In terms of the Devon project, he said it was the equivalent of a three star hotel with private bathrooms and flat screen TVs.
Down the road, the company hopes to cash in on the LNG business.
"We are very much trying to capitalize on the resource sector," he said.
Just last year, Britco signed a contract to design and build a 2,000 room workforce accommodation complex for Manitoba Hydro.
The project involves providing housing required for the construction of the Keeyask Generating Station Project in Northern Manitoba.
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