Manufacturing & Transport

Dec 5, 2011
2011 Best Companies: Manufacturing, Construction, Distribution
Valerie McTavish

It would be easy to believe that manufacturing, construction and distribution are all products, but most companies in that sector of this year’s Best Companies to Work For believe that they would be nothing without their people. And so, despite...

Oct 6, 2011
Unease on Victoria's Waterfront
Brennan Clarke

A seagull’s cry echoes across the sparkling waters of Victoria’s Upper Harbour, just north of the creaky Johnson Street Bridge, an aging symbol of waterfront industry. There’s a whiff of sea salt and creosote in the crisp morning air as...

Oct 1, 2011
Concrete Progress: Lafarge Canada
BC Hydro Power Smart

It was entirely natural for Richmond-based Lafarge Canada Inc. to join Power Smart’s Industrial Energy Manager Program. Even decades before it chose Claude Brûlé as its energy manager in 2010, Lafarge was minimizing its environmental footprint wherever possible. Indeed, over...

Oct 1, 2011
Incentive Benefits: Ferus Inc.
BC Hydro Power Smart

When liquid nitrogen manufacturer Ferus Inc. decided to build a multi-million dollar production plant in Dawson Creek, Power Smart lent a helping hand. Ferus Inc.’s new production plant in Dawson Creek is yet more evidence that partnerships with Power Smart result in tangible mutual benefits.

Oct 1, 2011
Reducing Waste: Brenco Industries
BC Hydro Power Smart

Brenco Metal Processing & Fabricating has achieved considerable energy savings via simple initiatives undertaken as part of the Power Smart Partners Industrial Program. Chris Moore, operations manager for Brenco Industries, says becoming a Power Smart Industrial Partner in 2010 was "In line with our strategic plan."  This is partly because Brenco already operated a program (Waste-O-Saurus) that recognizes customers who achieve waste reduction.

Sep 5, 2011
Viking Air Resurrects the Twin Otter
David Godsall

Entering the shop floor of the Viking Air Ltd. parts factory, the first thing you notice is people, lots of them. The 350 employees in this hangar nestled in the Saanich Peninsula hills behind the Victoria airport are making brand...

Jul 13, 2011
Reinventing Disposable Plastic: The Next Great Brand Challenge?
Marc Stoiber

“We live in a platform world,” an enthusiastic Jason Foster of Replenish, told me at the recent Sustainable Brands Conference in Monterey. “Bulk, weight, and mass are the new parameters for innovation.” If this all sounds a bit confusing, let me...

Jun 6, 2011
BC Ferries: Out at Sea
Nick Rockel

Fifty years after its creation, 
has BC Ferries lost its way? In keeping with its mission to get people onboard, British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. has a come-hither slogan: “Experience the difference.” There’s no doubt the organization popularly known as BC Ferries isn’t what it used to be, but whether or not that’s a good thing is up for debate. 

Jun 6, 2011
Highways of Gold: Asphalt Recycling
Christine McLaren

Every time you drive on a blacktop road, you’re gliding along a ribbon of black gold. Or at least, that’s the way Shane Stothert wants you to see it. The general manager and co-owner of the family-run Green Roads Recycling...

Apr 4, 2011
Modo the Car Co-op
David Jordan

Congratulations to Modo the Car Co-op, #15 in 2011's Most Innovative Companies in B.C. Giving away your core product to competitors isn’t a typical business strategy, but when you’re out to change the world, your number one priority has got to be expanding the market.

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