Sturgeon Falls Brush & Contracting
The team at Sturgeon Falls Brush & Contracting (Sturgeon Falls) isn’t afraid of getting its hands dirty. In fact, the heavy construction and forest harvesting contractor rolls up its sleeves to tackle some of Ontario’s toughest land-clearing and construction jobs. Since 1976 the company’s versatile, experienced workforce has delivered detail-oriented industrial, commercial, federal and municipal projects with the utmost respect for clients and the environment.
The company is located in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario; the town it took roots in and remains a vital part of today. “Claude Larcher founded the company in the late 1970s,” details Ivan Filion, CEO of Sturgeon Falls. “We’ve been providing our services in remote and sensitive sites all across the province for a long time and we’ve built a trusted reputation.”
The company remains in Sturgeon Falls, but is capable of traveling into neighbouring Quebec and Manitoba. “We can really go anywhere, depending on the job,” adds Mike Langevin, director of logistics and client relations for Sturgeon Falls. “We normally have about 75 to 100 employees, but that number can ramp up to about 200, if we have a big project going on.”
Clearing the Way
Sturgeon Falls started out by making a name for itself in the land-clearing business, bringing heavy equipment into remote areas with challenging terrain. “That’s how things started in 1976,” shares Mike. “We built access routes, clearing acres for whatever the customer needed. We became known across the country for this and we still have a reputation as one of the biggest land-clearing companies.”
Mike recalls one of the largest land-clearing jobs the company has performed to-date. “We cleared 100 miles of terrain to bring in a hydro line for a diamond mine,” he details. “100 miles long by 300-feet wide, and we did it in just seven weeks. We know what we’re doing, because we’ve been at it for so long.”
The company’s signature clearing capabilities remain strong under the contracting division of Sturgeon Falls. “To better serve our customers, we’ve split into three divisions,” explains Ivan. “First, our contracting company, Sturgeon Falls [Brush and Contracting Limited], which provides forestry service, heavy construction and earthwork. Second, the manufacturing side of the business, Sturgeon Falls Brush and Manufacturing Limited, which delivers wood-based products and finally a third company that rents out its equipment with competent and certified operators. We have several hundred pieces of equipment for rental use.”
Through these specialized divisions, Sturgeon Falls supports some of the biggest names in Canada’s flourishing resource industry. “We frequently service multinational companies and large-scale corporations, by the likes of Tembec, Bell, TransCanada, Banister Pipeline, AECON and Home Depot just to name a few,” reveals Mike. “We work closely with the companies that are affiliated with essential resources and utilities, such as hydro power and oil and gas.”
Between the three divisions, Sturgeon Falls self-performs the majority of its work in-house. “We take care of all of the preconstruction arrangements,” details Mike. “We only outsource professional services, such as engineering and architectural design.”
Mike reveals Sturgeon Falls has been heavily involved in the 407 Expressway project in Toronto. The world’s first all-electronic, barrier-free toll highway, stretches 108 kilometres from Burlington to Pickering. “We had to ramp up to about 200 workers for this job,” he says. “We performed right of way [ROW] clearing for the expansion.” The company has also completed the Windsor-Essex Parkway and clearing for Highway 69 and 11.
“We just finished a marina project in Sturgeon Falls for the municipality of West Nipissing,” shares Mike. “We’re very proud of our involvement in this project, because we worked hand-in-hand with the municipality and this site has become a permanent icon of the community. I’ll be retired and be able to sit on a bench overlooking the Marina and think about how we built it.”
While Sturgeon Falls is an expert land clearer, the company is also an expert at making the most of what could be waste and turning it into useable, sustainable building materials. “We’re environmentally friendly,” says Mike. “Anything we cut down we recycle, from a stump to a cedar tree. We produce mulch and turn excess into wood planks at our saw mill.”
Turning excess product into a better building material has been a recent game changer for Sturgeon Falls. “We will be producing high-end, pre-engineered timber frames that are assembled with minimum effort and in minimum time,” reveals Mike. “The timber is dried, precisely cut and assembled with machined dovetailed joints. Our intention is to cater to the very high-end architectural building designers of unique public buildings, such as art galleries, conference centers and stadiums that wish to highlight the natural beauty, strength and versatility of wood.”
Between pioneering engineered timber frames and making way for some of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects, Sturgeon Falls is on a course of steady growth. “We are evolving from a primary resources-based company into one that will be adding engineering and architectural value to the various wood species that we harvest,” shares Ivan.
Nonetheless, Sturgeon Falls remains grounded in the community delivering high-quality services. “We like to add value in whatever we do and with whoever we partner,” Ivan says. “Currently, we are interested in forging lasting relationship with northern First Nation communities, assisting them with their capacity building goals and supporting the province’s northern growth plan.”
For almost 40 years, the company’s highly skilled team has been delivering environmentally conscious clearing and building solutions that have marked Sturgeon Falls Brush & Contracting as one of the best in Canada.