Lynco Eagle (Lynco) is a fairly recent partnership between three main entities within Western Canada. The main component of the business evolved from Lynco Construction Limited, an oilfield construction firm that has been in business since 1986 and is owned and operated by Doug Golosky. The business has teamed up with the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the Mikisew Cree First Nation, both of which contribute a myriad of resources to the partnership.
Roxanne Kaminski, president and CEO of Lynco, works with a team of more than 20 employees between several distinct operations. Kaminski plays a major role in coordinating services and recruitment for the business. She has been involved in the construction industry for nearly a decade, previously working in risk management, commercial management and business development. Kaminski has been with Lynco for just over one year.
“The mandate of the partnership is to provide employment opportunities and tap into the labor resources of the First Nation and Aboriginal communities,” Kaminski explains. “These communities are the region’s largest labor pool. We provide training opportunities through apprenticeship programs and through the Saskatoon Tribal Council. Our employees have the opportunity to share in the success of the company.”
The partnership with First Nation tribal councils also serves to create sustainability and revenue generation on reserve land. Tribal members actively participate in the business, helping to make decisions and support growing service initiatives. Partners operate in their own right, separately. Beyond building labor and ownership opportunities, Lynco strives to provide quality services to clients in a safe and efficient manner.
The partnership is in whole a construction, fabrication and manufacturing company based out of Alberta and Saskatchewan. The growing team operates from a headquarters in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, with a 35,000-square-foot fabrication shop on the 15-acre premises, as well as a second location in Lloydminster, Alberta, with a 10,000-square-foot shop on 7 acres of land.
Lynco performs construction, fabrication and manufacturing work for a growing clientele of companies involved in the oil and mining sectors. The qualified, safe team provides construction, maintenance and repair work for field operations, processing plants, pipelines and general facilities. The partners have worked for Apache Canada, Canera Energy, Cenovus Energy, SaskEnergy, SaskTel, Enbridge Pipelines, Ledcor, Plains Midstream, BP Canada, Penn West Petroleum, Renegade Petroleums, Tundra, Crescent Point, SaskPower, Husky Energy Services and Gibson’s Energy, among others.
The company’s recent work includes the Areva Jeb Mill upgrade project. Lynco partnered on with Worley Parsons in early 2014 on the project, which was of particular significance to the company. “The shipping and supply challenges made this a really interesting project,” Kaminski notes. “The facility is situated in the dense, northern wilderness of Wollaston Lake, Saskatchewan, which made the 21-day turnaround schedule an intense demand. Our crews worked tireless shifts to repair walls, replace gussets and install a 30-inch nozzle in the 66-foot tall acid tower. Areva credited Lynco with showing superior workmanship, reliability and dedicated manpower driven at providing results.”
In 2014, Lynco also took on a 5-kilometer directional pipe pull for The Mosaic Company. The team ran a 4-inch line through a 24-inch high-density polyethylene casing. Other current projects also included the manufacturing of 1,000 cross-arms for an inventory replacement at SaskPower and fabrication of a 15-foot by 60-foot metering skid for the injection of Co2 to various transfer points at the Boundary Dam Power Station.
The business is growing steadily while undergoing some serious changes. Kaminski estimates that her team is hiring two new employees every week as Lynco builds up capabilities to serve a more diverse market. “We have all kinds of opportunities for Saskatchewan pipeline work coming in,” she elaborates. “We have several proposals in the works for First Nations resource construction. We look forward to working with the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology that will offer camp based, workplace training for First Nation labor. We have opportunities to participate in new sectors of the industry.”
She foresees some serious growth for the business in the coming years. “We are really focusing on being strategic and strong,” Kaminski says. “We don’t want to bite off more than we can chew. We want to grow efficiently and effectively. We are establishing new partnerships and growing our trades through employees and subcontractors.”
No matter how large the business gets, Kaminski says that relationships will remain the forefront of the operation. “We gauge our success predominately by the satisfaction of our clients,” she explains. “We can do well by trying to attract quality people into the organization and retaining them. We are more focused on those types of things than turning significant profits.”
Of course, Kaminski recognizes nothing remains stagnant; therefore, the team is always striving for more. “Every day when you’re working in these industries, there are constant challenges,” she continues. “Over the last several months, our team has been growing and becoming that much more cohesive. We are seeing the signs of a strong team developing. That success and progress gives us a great sense of pride.”
Moving forward, Kaminski has a lot of faith in the dedication of her team. With new opportunities opening up for the company’s growing capabilities, Lynco Eagle is on a strong path of growth.