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Over 140,000 total jobs, $12.9 billion in GDP drive economy in communities across the province
An economic study released today by the B.C. forest industry confirms that the sector continues to be a cornerstone of the provincial economy and one of the largest employers across the province.
Produced by PwC, the study assessed the economic impact of the B.C. forest industry’s ongoing operations, employment and capital spending across the province related to forestry and logging, wood product manufacturing and paper manufacturing.
The study confirmed the importance of B.C.’s forest industry to families and communities across B.C. In 2016, the forest industry generated one out of every 17 jobs in the province, or over 140,000 total jobs, generating a total of $8.6 billion in wages to workers. Of the total jobs, the industry employs 60,000 people directly with an additional 81,000 indirect and induced jobs generated from forest sector activity. Notably, across the province, 140 communities also rely on the forest industry and are considered forest-dependent through their mills, community forests, or significant logging operations.
The forest sector continues to be foundational to the B.C. economy generating $33 billion in output and $12.9 billion in GDP. Additionally, the sector contributed $4.1 billion in payments to municipal, provincial and federal governments from forest industry operations. That figure includes $1.4 billion to the federal government, almost $200 million in taxes to municipal governments, and $2.6 billion to the B.C. provincial government in the form of provincial taxes, stumpage, payments to BC Hydro, annual rent, logging taxes, and fees. This revenue is key to providing essential public services to British Columbians such as education, healthcare and infrastructure.
Renewable B.C. wood products are in demand around the world, with B.C.’s forest industry exporting $13.7 billion worth of forest products in 2016, accounting for 34 percent of all provincial exports. The B.C. forest industry has also worked hard alongside provincial and federal governments to diversify our markets overseas, with China now accounting for 24 percent of B.C.’s forest product exports.
As a major exporter, the forest industry is an important consumer of B.C. transportation infrastructure services such as ports, warehousing, railways, trucking, towing, barging and associated support services, with forest products representing over 21% of all traffic through the Port of Vancouver, 46% of the container traffic through the Port of Prince Rupert, and nearly 11% of total rail traffic across Western Canada.
One of the reasons why B.C. wood products are in such demand is that B.C. is a world leader in sustainable forestry. The industry plants three trees for every tree harvested on average, and less than one percent of the timber land base is harvested each year. B.C.’s forest companies continue to innovate and make ongoing investments in the communities in which they operate to benefit workers, families, communities and the province.
The global forest industry is very capital-intensive, and B.C.’s industry is no different. B.C.’s forest industry invested $650 million in new capital expenditures in 2016, not including maintenance capital, and is expected to continue that level of investment annually over the next five to ten years. Over the past ten years, the industry invested on average $1.5 billion annually in both strategic capital and maintenance.
While forestry is a key driver of the provincial economy, the industry is facing some significant challenges including the ongoing softwood lumber trade dispute with the United States, rising costs and the devastating impacts on fibre supply from both this summer’s wildfires and the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation. The industry, government, and communities will need to continue to work together to face these challenges to ensure that forestry continues to be an economic engine for our province in the decades to come.
“This economic report confirms that the forest sector continues to be a cornerstone of the provincial economy and one of the largest employers in the province. B.C.’s forest sector, and the families and communities across our province who are a part of it, contribute immeasurably to our quality of life in British Columbia. While our industry is facing a number of challenges, we are continuing to invest, innovate and diversify both our products and our markets to ensure that we can continue to be an economic engine in the province for generations to come.”
Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO, BC Council of Forest Industries
“The latest PwC report shows us, once again, that the health of B.C.’s forest sector is integral to the well-being of hundreds of thousands of families living in cities and communities throughout our province. From Vancouver and Victoria to Haida Gwaii and Prince George, forestry is part of the story of our beginnings, it’s woven into our everyday lives, and is an important part of a sustainable and prosperous future for B.C.”
Rick Jeffery, President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association
“In the southern Interior, our economic health depends on a vibrant forest sector. All parts of the industry – from manufacturers to suppliers to service providers and more – play a crucial role in creating well-paying, family-supporting jobs in every part of our region. This report clearly reinforces that.”
Ken Kalesnikoff, Chair, Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association
Oct 17, 2017 - yesterday
Arkonik was established ten years ago. Our mission has evolved over time, but its founding principle has remained constant: to create the best Land Rover Defenders in the world.
To commemorate this 10 year anniversary, we are building five very special ‘Decade’ Edition Defender 110s.
Each build will be individually numbered and painted in a unique black and gold fleck with hand-finished gold pinstripes down its flanks. The trademark Defender hinges will be accentuated in gold and this detail is continued on the bespoke KAHN alloy wheels, KBX grille & wing-top vents and unique badges.
The interior echoes this dramatic presence with bespoke Ruskin Inside upholstery highlighted by Recaro Cross CS Sportster front heated seats covered in luxurious black leather with a gold stitch and complimentary fluting. This theme runs throughout the cab and rear passengers are treated to equally sumptuous seating with the emphasis on comfort.
These limited editions offer an amazing opportunity to become a part of the Land Rover Defender elite.
Leading independent Land Rover Defender specialists, Arkonik, have been bringing the British classic to clients in North America and across the globe since 2007. Working with D90 and D110 models, each vehicle that receives the Arkonik treatment will be of a 15-25 year old vintage, depending on its destination. Arkonik perform a full restoration whilst retaining as much of the original vehicles as possible, to render a 'better than new' vehicle tailored to clients' exact specification.
Now offering three levels of service, Arkonik cater to all Land Rover enthusiasts. Choose Origins for an immaculately restored, authentic Defender, enjoy enhanced features with the handpicked Editions, or commission a completely custom build with the Bespoke service.
Oct 16, 2017 - 2 days ago
Automatic Greasing Systems specialist FLO Components Ltd.’s announces the winner of the first draw in its 40th Anniversary Giveaway Contest. FLO’s Marketing Specialist Gabriel Lopez announced; “Anisa Copeland of Cambridge, Ontario is the lucky winner of the first of three Lubrication Product Packages. Anisa’s name was drawn randomly from all eligible entries and she successfully answered a skill testing question. Anisa received a Lincoln 1884 PowerLuber & Lincoln 5900 PowerLock Coupler Pack.”
According to Lopez, the Lincoln PowerLuber is the most advanced grease gun in its class, featuring a multi-function LCD that displays: quantity of grease dispensed, quantity of grease remaining in the cartridge, battery charge level, operation signal and stall indicator. Its 20-volt, high-amperage, lithium-ion battery provides superior run time, and its two-speed design delivers outstanding flow and pressure. The grease gun comes in a heavy-duty carrying case and includes two rechargeable batteries, a 110v one-hour charger and the new and easy-to-use Lincoln 5900 PowerLock grease coupler.
“This was only the first of three Lubrication Product Packages we’re giving away to lucky LinkedIn users over 3 Draw Periods. The next two draws will take place on November 1 and December 1. Participants who enter in the earlier Draw Periods are automatically entered in the following Draw Periods. To enter, people simply have to fill out the Contest Entry Form on our website and follow FLO’s LinkedIn page using a valid LinkedIn account. No purchase is required.”
The second giveaway prize is identical to Anisa Copeland’s, a Lincoln 1884 PowerLuber & Lincoln 5900 PowerLock Coupler Pack. The third prize is a choice of either the same PowerLuber & PowerLock Pack from the first two giveaways or a FLO Components “18-point Automatic Lubrication System in a box”. This FLO Components “System in a box” is packaged as a complete kit capable of servicing up to 18 points and includes a 24VDC electric QLS301 Lincoln pump, 200 feet of ¼ OD nylon tubing, progressive block-type metering valves (18 valve outlets) and 18 ninety degree bearing inlet fittings.
Lopez says; “The QLS System is a relatively simple method of centralizing or automating the lubrication process in many applications, from highway trailers to any variety of industrial machinery. It can help reduce downtime for machinery large and small and improve safety for those responsible for maintaining it.”
For more details or to enter the contest visit: www.flocomponents.com/40th/
GIVEAWAY CONTEST SHORT RULES
No purchase required. Entries must be received by contest end: November 30, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. There are a total of 3 prizes available to be won over 3 Draw Periods: (Prize 1) one Lincoln 1884 PowerLuber and a Lincoln 5900 PowerLock coupler pack (approximate retail value $1,100, Oct. 1, 2017 draw date); (Prize 2) one Lincoln 1884 PowerLuber and a Lincoln 5900 PowerLock coupler pack (approximate retail value $1,100, Nov. 1, 2017 draw date; and (Prize 3) a choice of one of either: i) a Lincoln 1884 PowerLuber and a Lincoln 5900 PowerLock coupler pack (approximate value CDN $1,100); or ii) a FLO Components “18-point Automatic Lubrication System in a box” (includes: 24VDC QLS301 pump, 200 feet ¼ OD tubing, 18 valve outlet and 18 qty. 90degree bearing inlet fittings, approximate retail value $3,025 - *System Installation is not included, Dec. 1, 2017 draw date). Participants who enter in the earlier Draw Periods automatically entered in the following Draw Periods. Skill testing question required. Open to Canadian residents who are the age of majority in the province or territory of residence at time of entry excluding Quebec. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received before contest closes. Limit one entry per person. For full rules and entry details visit: https://www.flocomponents.com/40th/.
For Total Lube Solutions, Go With The FLO!
Oct 16, 2017 - 2 days ago
Oct 11, 2017 - 7 days ago
International Truck Launched The New International HV Series At The North American Commercial Vehicle Show
- HV Series is a smart truck designed for serious work, brawn and brains
- First severe service vehicle launched with the International A26 big bore engine
- Combines significant uptime enhancements with DriverFirst features and advanced integration options for body builders
International Truck launched the International HV Series at the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show. HV Series is the first severe service truck available with the International A26 12.4L big bore engine and designed to deliver power, refined driver-features, and impressive reliability for a range of vocational applications.
"The new International HV Series is just one more truck in our product line-up that puts drivers first and meets the grueling demands of vocational applications," said Michael Cancelliere, president, Truck and Parts. "The HV Series is a smart solution for our customers in the business of doing serious work and is a new breed of vocational truck that redefines the standard for uptime and productivity. It is the go-to truck for those who know that it's not just about getting the job done, it is about getting it done right."
Redesigned from the inside out, the HV Series interior was crafted with driver and body company feedback to ensure the most comfortable and productive environment possible, while the exterior continues with powerful styling. The HV Series also features the intelligence of the industry-leading Diamond Logic electrical system for the automation of tasks and interlocks to help protect both equipment and crew. The truck offers customers an incredibly versatile foundation for any configuration necessary to be productive at any job and includes power options like the International A26, an engine designed with uptime in its DNA.
"Customers and Truck Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs) have given us feedback during the design process and, as a result, we have made the highly versatile, rugged and reliable HV Series easy to integrate body solutions seamlessly," said Denny Mooney, senior vice president, Global Product Development. "We've been building vocational trucks for over a century and in the HV Series our engineers have successfully incorporated driver feedback into a severe service truck designed to be easily configurable for any application."
The new HV Series is another signal to the industry that International Truck is focused on uptime and delivering the best trucks in the industry that drivers want to drive.
Brawn and Brains that Never Quit, Taking Uptime to a Whole New Level
The HV Series was designed with intelligent features and the goal of best-in-class uptime all packaged into a truck that offers brute strength. For example:
Heavy duty, double-sided galvanized steel cab for long-term durability.
Huck bolt chassis fasteners provide superior clamping force and will not come loose even in extreme environments.
Also available with a clean Cab-to-Axle (CA) configuration to minimize costly post-production modifications.
20,000 lb. off-set bowl front drive axle allows for a lower ride height than a traditional centre bowl.
Super Single ½" thick fame rail rated up to 3.35M RBM.
Integral 20" and 27" frame extensions (not bolt-on) for superior strength and reliability.
Available stainless-steel oil pan for reduced corrosion in highly corrosive applications.
New industry-standard J1939 electrical system architecture and improved harnessing to maximize uptime.
All new best-in-class HVAC system, designed for reliability, now includes a high-performance MAX defrost feature.
The HV Series is powered by the International A26, a 12.4L engine, designed to provide industry-leading uptime, greater fuel efficiency, and quieter operation. Built from the proven MAN D26 engine crankcase, the A26 produces up to 475 horsepower and 1,700 lb.-ft. of torque from a design that is 600-700 lbs. lighter than a traditional 15L big bore engine. The A26 is also backed by the industry's best warranty and is the first engine to meet the B10 standard that requires 90% of delivered engines to travel 1,200,000 miles before a major repair. HV Series is also available with the Cummins® B6.7 and Cummins L9 engines.
The HV Series was engineered to make it easier to get maintenance and get back on the road fast. And when service is needed, count on an International dealer with expert technicians and an extensive parts inventory wherever a driver may be throughout North America.
Every HV Series can be equipped as an option with OnCommand Connection, the company's leading-edge remote diagnostics system and Over-the-air (OTA) programming. OTA, available through the nine-pin International LINK device, enables drivers or fleet managers to utilize a mobile interface to initiate authorized engine programming at the customer's facility over a safe, secure Wi-Fi Connection. The service offers drivers and fleets an easy, secure means of updating engine control modules to reflect the latest manufacturer-approved calibrations, without the necessity of visiting a dealer or other service facility.
Diamond Logic Provides Seamless Integration for Truck Equipment Manufactures
The International HV Series provides the ideal foundation for an almost unlimited number of applications. Customers can order the specific chassis configuration needed for any application upfront which substantially reduces the time and expense involved to up fit the vehicle in post-production.
To further improve driver productivity and safety, the HV Series features the best-in-class Diamond Logic, an advanced electrical system that streamlines chassis and body equipment integration and allows customers to program automated tasks.
"Our Diamond Logic electrical system is best known for its ability to provide control and communication between work trucks and body equipment," said Mark Stasell, vice president, Vocational Truck Business. "We are a pioneer in custom programmable chassis electronics and multiplexing and we continue to partner with end users and body builders to further increase productivity and make it easy to integrate with our system."
Equipped with the Diamond Logic electrical system, the HV Series will get the job done with both safety and precision by offering vocational customers nearly 200 factory available body integration and driver efficiency features, plus the ability to customize infinitely more vehicle functions.
Best-in-Class Driver Features
"In many ways we've designed the new HV Series from the inside out based on our DriverFirst philosophy," said Stasell. "Based on customer feedback during the planning and design process, our engineers succeeded in making the HV Series one of the most comfortable, reliable and safe vehicles to operate in any work environment and in any climate."
DriverFirst enhancements that contribute to productivity, include:
Redesigned cab doors with a lower bottom glass edge and removed the vent window giving the driver a single large piece of glass to look through, greatly improving side visibility and reducing blind spots.
By reshaping the doors and side glass, the position of the optional pedestal mirrors was optimized so drivers turn their heads 15% less on the left side and 5% less on the passenger side, making it easier to keep their eyes on the road while reducing neck strain over the long haul.
An all-new dash designed for the driver with more space for additional rocker switches.
An available premium gauge cluster designed with driver input that is customizable with virtual gauges.
An easy-access column-mounted stalk shifter integrated with engine braking to help keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Introduced the 'wing panel' dash' tailored for the vocational truck and driver. The new stalk shifter placement and the lower instrument panel design greatly improve leg room for the driver, especially at the knee. An additional vent has been added to help keep the middle front passenger comfortable.
The dash contains space for up to 30 customizable switches ensuring functionality of any type of body that is mounted on the back. Switches offer large easy to read text and recognizable ISO symbols and are back lit for easy viewing at night and offer seven unique colour options for the indicator lights. For complex body applications like ambulance, fire or high-railers, the multi-colour lights allow for a higher level of customization and functionality.
A new fuse panel is much easier to service with no exposed wires. The panel has a new spill proof design allowing liquids to flow into a gutter around the panel and drain to the outside of the vehicle without damaging any electronics.
With an inside wheel cut of up to 50 degrees, the HV Series can easily navigate tight city streets or construction sites, saving driver time, reducing work-site collisions and boosting productivity.
The HV Series is available in a variety of specifications: Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab. The company is taking orders today and market availability is March 2018. For more information visit https://www.internationaltrucks.com/HVSeries.
Oct 4, 2017 - 14 days ago
Customers encouraged to participate in Truck Centennial celebration by joining exclusive owner community
Chevrolet announced the nationwide rollout of the Truck Legends program, an exclusive community for those who have made Chevrolet Trucks some of the most iconic vehicles in America. The program recognizes the customers who own a Chevy Truck with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer or who have purchased or leased more than one new Chevy truck in their lifetime.
Qualifying customers will join an active community that has grown to more than 5,400 members since its launch in Texas in September 2016. The community will continue to grow and connect customers from all corners of the nation through their shared love for Chevy Trucks.
“We had an incredible response to the Truck Legends pilot program, and greatly appreciate the owners who have shared their stories,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks Marketing director. “We look forward to hearing from customers across the country, and for the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to our most loyal customers.”
100 Years of Building the Future
The national launch of the Chevy Truck Legends program coincides with the Chevy Trucks Centennial, occurring in the 2018 model year. Chevrolet will begin the Chevy Truck Centennial celebration at the State Fair of Texas, and the festivities will culminate with a Centennial Celebration at the Texas Motor Speedway on Dec. 16, 2017.
“The lasting legacy of Chevy Trucks simply would not be possible without the support of our customers,” said Piszar. “As such, we are expanding the Truck Legends program nationwide to invite customers from all 50 states to join in our Centennial Celebration.”
Membership has its benefits
Chevrolet will periodically offer Truck Legends members once-in-a-lifetime experiences leveraging Chevrolet’s partnerships. These experiences could range from front-row seats at concerts, to attending sold-out Major League Baseball events, to getting a sneak peek at new Chevrolet models.
For example, members are invited to join an exclusive Chevy Trucks Centennial Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The event will feature opportunities to experience the latest Chevrolet products, the chance to meet Chevrolet fans like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and other exclusive experiences. A limited number of Chevy truck owners are welcome to attend the event — stay tuned for more information.
Truck Legends members will receive exclusive Truck Legends memorabilia. This includes Chevy Truck Legends branded hats, decals and, if applicable, decals celebrating milestones in mileage and number of vehicles owned. In addition, participating dealers may offer exclusive benefits to Truck Legends members.
Qualifications for membership
The Truck Legends program is free to join for individuals who have more than 100,000 miles on their Chevrolet truck or have purchased or leased one or more new Chevy trucks in their lifetime. Eligible vehicles include:
Silverado and Silverado HD (and past C/K trucks)
Colorado (and past S-10 trucks)
Eligible customers can sign up for the program by creating a profile at https://www.ChevyTruckLegends.com
Sep 29, 2017 - 19 days ago
Promotion includes a donation for every pink plow and lift arm kit sold and a raffle at the GIE+EXPO
- Promotion includes pink FISHER XV2 v-plows and pink lift arm kits.
- Fisher Engineering will donate $100 for each plow, $50 for each lift arm sold.
- One pink FISHER XV2 v-plow and one pink SnowEx V-Maxx G2 VX-1500 spreader was raffled off at the 2017 GIE+EXPO, in Louisville, Ky.
During the month of October, Fisher Engineering is running a special promotion featuring limited-edition pink FISHER XV2 v-plows and pink lift arm kits. Fisher Engineering will donate $100 from the sale of each pink XV2 v-plow and $50 from the sale of each pink lift arm kit to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, where purchasers can choose to make the donation in memory of a person that has been affected by breast cancer.
In addition, attendees of the 2017 GIE+EXPO, October 18-20, in Louisville, Ky., can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a limited-edition pink FISHER XV2 v-plow or limited-edition pink SnowEx V-Maxx G2 VX-1500 spreader.
“We are committed to supporting the prevention and treatment of breast cancer, a disease that impacts hundreds of thousands of families across the country,” said Mark Adamson, executive vice president of commercial snow and ice for Douglas Dynamics. In partnership with our customers, we’re excited to donate funds raised through our limited-edition plows, lift arm kits and a special raffle at GIE to help bring critical awareness to this devastating disease.”
Tickets for the raffle can be purchased for $10 at the Komen Booth located near the food court. Attendees who purchase two tickets will receive a free FIND A CURE knit cap while supplies last. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Kentucky Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.
GIE+EXPO is one of the USA’S largest industry trade shows for landscapers, light construction companies, manufacturers of light- and heavy-duty equipment, and suppliers of gardening and outdoor leisure equipment. GIE+EXPO features indoor exhibits and an outdoor exhibition area. A showcase area for new products allows companies to demonstrate new innovations in their respective markets. For more information, visit www.gie-expo.com.
Fisher Engineering and SnowEx are proud to be a part of Douglas Dynamics, North America’s premier manufacturer of vehicle attachments and equipment and home to the most trusted brands in the industry. For more than 70 years, the company has been innovating products that not only enable people to perform their jobs more efficiently and effectively, but also enable businesses to increase profitability. For more information, visit www.fisherplows.com and www.snowexproducts.com.
Sep 28, 2017 - 20 days ago
Sometimes Out Of Adversity….
We have often heard it said that “sometimes out of adversity the greatest successes are born”. A close check of the facts surrounding the history and success of Rollo Ceccon and Ceccon Trucking of Princeton, British Columbia may bear serious credence to this theory.
The Early Years
In the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, following the First Great War - WW I, life in certain parts of Europe was challenging. Fascism, especially in Italy where the rise of Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini to the position of the youngest prime minister in Italian history, was a reality. Fascist squads and militias, inspired by Mussolini, swept through the countryside terrorizing the local population. Difficulties and public oppression abounded. Opportunities for individuals and families who did not support Mussolini’s style of government were being severely challenged.
So in 1930 Emileo Ceccon and his young family left their ancestral home in the north-eastern Italian town of Paese, boarded a boat and headed for Canada. Their ocean transport landed them in Montreal alone and with little money and even less direction. They did have a sponsor, a necessity for immigrating to this ‘new’ land of opportunity. Upon arrival the Ceccon family then got on a train and headed for British Columbia. Several days later and thousands of kilometres from Paese they arrived in Coalmont. A booming coal mining town on the banks of the Tulameen River, eighteen kilometres northwest of the town of Princeton… a town that remains the anchor for the Ceccon family to this day.
Work opportunities in the coal mine and on the Canadian Pacific Railway, Kettle Valley line, was easy to get at this time and the young family settled down to their new life in Canada. Papa Ceccon taught himself and his family English and was hired on as a section-man by the CPR. Shortly after beginning work Emileo and family were moved to the small rail community of Kirton, east of Osprey Lake and just to the west of Summerland, BC. In the years that followed there were several moves for the family to other communities along the Kettle Valley railway. Then in 1944 the railway re-located the Ceccon family to the copper mining town of Allenby, headquarters for the giant Copper Mountain mine. The handsome young Rollo Ceccon had just reached his sixteenth birthday.
This new life in Canada was not always easy for the Ceccon family. Harsh winters, hot summers, small two or three room houses, without running water, indoor plumbing or electricity, but as Papa Ceccon always reminded his family…”Il Canada è un paese meraviglioso… il meglio." “Canada is a wonderful country… the very best”.
However, just like the oppression of the African Americans in the United States, immigrants to Canada were often discriminated against and impacted by racial slurs and hazing. The Ceccon boys were no exception to this type of community behaviour when they attended school in Penticton. Although there was plenty of opportunity… adversity was commonplace as well.
Ceccon Trucking is Born
After studying auto and diesel mechanics in Edmonton and spending some time working casual jobs in the mining operations of Copper Mountain, Rollo Ceccon was able to purchase his first car… a 1950 Ford. Shortly thereafter he and a friend, Ray Johnson, were approached with an offer to truck lumber from British Columbia to Alberta… the rate $1,000 per trip… more money than was averaged in several months at most jobs of the time. So it was off to the dealership and an even trade, the Ford car for a used 1944 Ford truck and Ceccon Trucking had started. But like most things that are too good to be true, Ray Johnson left and the Alberta lumber trucking business went sideways.
An interesting side bar to this story is Rollo Ceccon’s brand loyalty. His first car was a Ford, his first truck was a Ford, many of the trucks in his business over the years were Fords and today he is driving a brand new Ford sedan. “I have not always been dealer loyal but I have been brand loyal, “ stated Rollo.
Next came the offer to purchase a 1939 Mercury convertible… and what dashing young man wouldn’t want to be the first in town to own a convertible. So Rollo made the deal, and then realized that the fancy convertible would just cost him money and not make him any. So he traded the convertible for a three ton Ford truck… much to the dismay of many of the young ladies in the area… no doubt.
But a three ton truck with no box was not of much use. So when a solid job offer came from the management of the Copper Mountain mine, Rollo drove the truck to Vancouver and had a dump box and hydraulic hoist installed.
Although everything seemed to be going just right for Rollo Ceccon and his newly formed company, adversity was just around the corner. Early on the morning of November 10, 1954 while working at the Copper Mountain open pit mine and trucking mine waste to the ‘glory hole’ (a surface depression as a result of mining operations) Rollo experienced what many believed should have been a life ending accident. He was backing the loaded truck up to the hole when the bank gave way and the truck crashed and smashed down over two-hundred feet of rock and debris. Now remember, this is before seat belts and roll protected truck cabs… the truck, with Rollo in it, was flattened.
A fellow trucker happened upon the accident scene and reported it to the mining crews, but there were no ‘jaws-of-life’ or high angle extraction teams… it took hours to get Rollo out of the truck and back up to the surface and then to hospital in Vancouver, over 285 kilometres away. The result, hundreds of stitches, crushed vertebrae, broken bones, unconscious for ten days in Vancouver’s General Hospital… but the worst was… just over two years in a full body cast. Not able to move his upper body, how could Rollo and the fledgling Ceccon Trucking Company survive? Adversity may have taken it’s best shot!
But Pappa Ceccon understood what was necessary and encouraged his oldest son to keep going and that is just what Rollo did… denying adversity its goal. When the cast came off around Christmas 1956 and he had regained some of his strength he took the insurance money from the accident and made a down payment on another truck. Ceccon Trucking was back in business with Copper Mountain Mining.
Had The Worst Passed?
Just when it seemed that the worst may have passed happiness showed up. On March 1st of 1957 Rollo Ceccon married Blanche, an attractive young lady he had met at the local Traveler’s Cafe. Then on March 2nd… the mine shut down. Ceccon Trucking was on the ropes again.
But that raw gut determination to succeed that took the family out of Italy years earlier still prevailed. With the shutting down of Copper Mountain, materials had to be moved to other mine sites, and Ceccon Trucking did the work. The Bethlehem Copper mine (now Highland Valley Copper) east of Ashcroft, British Columbia was growing and the Ceccon boys worked there as well.
The company also purchased a small backhoe and worked around Princeton and area on sewer systems, septic tanks, basements… anything that had to be dug out or moved by truck… the Ceccon boys were all over it.
Adversity Turns to Opportunity
Then Mother Nature’s adversity struck in the area… this time, just to the east of the community of Hope, BC. In the dark, early morning hours of January 9, 1965, the Hope Slide came down. It is the largest landslide ever recorded in Canada and it completely covered Highway #3 killing four people and displaced all the water and mud in Outram Lake. Ceccon Trucking was the first restoration group on the eastern flank of the slide, arriving about 8:00 p.m. the same day. (Hope based, Emil Anderson Construction was was called to the western flank.) According to Rollo, “It was a pretty rough site. It was difficult to think where to begin. There was no food or accommodation on the eastern approaches but we stuck it out. It was a huge job. We had to bring everything in… gas and diesel… food, a cook house, a trailer to sleep in, everything… and we were there for over two months.”
In the ensuing years, Ceccon Trucking added a gravel pit and crushing equipment to their fleet and the company could be found working on mine sites around southern BC, including Brenda Mine west of Peachland and Sparwood, at the BC/Alberta border. They crushed and hauled the gravel for the runway extension at Kelowna’s airport and worked in Harrison Hot Springs. As well, they continued their work on logging roads and highway construction projects.
It certainly was not all smooth roads for Rollo and his family and Ceccon Trucking. But that same raw determination that got both the family and the business around life’s potholes of adversity endured. Success followed.
From Pauper to Prince?
Could Rollo Ceccon be called the Trucking Prince of Princeton? After all he has been named Citizen of the Year and honoured by the local Lions Club… We’re not sure, but there does not appear to be any other contenders for that title.
All the ignition keys have been turned off, the equipment sold and Ceccon Trucking shut down. Rollo is retired and still enjoys life with his wife Blanche, their two children and grandchildren… where? In Princeton, BC of course, where he seems to know everyone and everyone knows Rollo.
Story by Ronald Mullins
Sep 21, 2017 - 27 days ago
TRANS MOUNTAIN ANNOUNCES CONTRACTORS FOR EXPANSION PROJECT
Kinder Morgan Canada Limited is pleased to announce that Trans Mountain has selected or signed memorandums of understanding with six contractors with experience delivering pipeline and major infrastructure projects in British Columbia and Alberta, in anticipation of planned construction activities in September 2017. The pipeline construction and associated terminal expansions are expected to take approximately 28 months to complete, with the work distributed among several spreads, or sections, along the route between Edmonton, Alberta and Burnaby, BC.
The contractors will directly hire the individuals and sub-contractors needed for each contract and scope of work. This will include union, non-union and Aboriginal workers and will be in accordance with Trans Mountain's commitment to maximize employment opportunities for Aboriginal, local and regional communities.
The following is a list of contractors that have been selected or signed MOUs, in anticipation of executing final definitive agreements with each contractor:
Spreads 1 & 2: Edmonton/Yellowhead
Contractor: Midwest Pipelines Inc.
Spreads 3 & 4: North Thompson
Contractor: Ledcor Sicim Limited Partnership
Spread 5A: BC Interior
Contractor: Surerus Murphy Joint Venture
Spread 5B: Coquihalla - Hope
Contractor: Macro Spiecapag Joint Venture
Spread 6: Fraser Valley
Contractor: Somerville-Aecon Energy Group
Contractor: Kiewit Ledcor TMEP Partnership
Lower Mainland scope includes Spread 7, Burnaby Mountain tunnel and three terminals: Westridge Marine Terminal, Burnaby Terminal and Sumas Terminal.
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Sep 12, 2017 - one month ago
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is Sept. 10-16
What are you doing the other 51 weeks of the year to let your drivers know you appreciate and respect their hard work and commitment?
Companies that demonstrate their around-the-calendar appreciation to their drivers find it easier to recruit and retain them, said Jane Jazrawy, co-founder and chief executive of CarriersEdge, a leading provider of online training to the trucking industry. Drivers who feel appreciated tend to be safer and more diligent.
“Most successful fleets do little things all the time to show their appreciation, rather than waiting for one designated week in the fall,” Jazrawy said. “Grand gestures that happen once a year can be undermined by daily frustrations and actions perceived as slights or insults.”
Jazrawy and CarriersEdge have special insight into what motivates – or discourages – drivers. CarriersEdge created the annual Best Fleets to Drive For awards, produced in partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association. Through interviews with nominated carriers and surveys from drivers, CarriersEdge has gleaned the best practices that the best fleets use.
Those best practices aren’t state secrets, and in many cases they’re neither difficult nor expensive to deploy. But the payback in terms of low turnover and safe, engaged drivers can be huge. Jazrawy offered six tips on making driver appreciation a year-round habit:
Tip No. 1 - Start them early.
“If your company has taken the time to build a safe and productive culture, you want new hires to feel as though they’re a part of that from the first day,” Jazrawy said. Successful fleets are using orientation, training, mentoring and coaching programs to get new employees up to speed. One fleet places new hires in a dedicated lane for up to four weeks with one dispatcher overseeing them, eliminating the stress over trip planning. Another includes spouses and/or significant others in part of orientation to give them an understanding of life on the road and company programs and benefits.
Tip No. 2 - Give them a voice.
Lots of companies talk about open-door policies and keeping the lines of communication open with employees. The old-fashioned suggestion box doesn’t cut it. Fleets are using driver councils, surveys to determine driver opinions and concerns, and Facebook and Twitter accounts to create online communities in which drivers can submit photos and stories about their experiences on the road. One carrier enlists experienced drivers to build training materials to ensure best practices are captured and shared across the entire fleet. “Drivers are smart, they’re dealing with customers, operational issues and equipment every day,” Jazrawy said. “They’re a great resource for continuous improvement ideas. Seeing their ideas and feedback welcomed goes a long way toward boosting drivers’ sense that they’re appreciated.”
Tip No. 3 - Keep them informed.
Rumors fueled by incomplete or inaccurate information are one of the great underminers of morale and a driver’s sense that he or she is valued and respected. “Smart fleets make sure drivers get accurate and timely information about company operations, road and industry conditions and what’s going on in the lives of their fellow employees,” Jazrawy said. Weekly roundtable meetings with drivers keep information flowing in both directions. Since drivers are usually on the road and unavailable to attend meetings, social media is a useful tool for reaching them; one company posts meeting notes on an internal net to allow drivers not in attendance to stay informed and weigh in with thoughts.
Tip No. 4 - Keep them healthy.
Life on the road, with its physical demands and stress, can be tough on health. “Drivers appreciate it when companies demonstrate their concern about employee health with wellness programs that go far beyond providing healthy recipes in their newsletters,” Jazrawy said. Companies are providing formal weight-loss and fitness programs, access to gyms (either on-site or at a fitness club), on-staff health and wellness coordinators to work with drivers, on-site health and dental clinics at terminals and equipment for in-cab cardio and strength training.
Tip No. 5 - Welcome them back.
The very nature of trucking has drivers away from the office or terminal for weeks at a time. “Drivers can sometimes get the feeling that no one remembers they’re out there,” Jazrawy said. So why not let them know they’re valued contributors to the company? Some fleets are using electronic signboards to display customized greetings to drivers returning to the yard; a few integrate that with internal notifications so office staff can go out to greet them directly.
Tip No. 6 - Give them what they really need.
Does a driver really need one more gimme cap or t-shirt? Fleets are focusing on things that actually make a difference to drivers’ lives and job performance, whether it’s technology (providing up-to-date devices), concierge services at terminals to help drivers with personal and professional services while they’re on the road; and discounted or free work gear such as complete uniform sets, raincoats and jackets, as well as annual vouchers for safety shoes and jeans. “Those are perks that can noticeably decrease the cost of doing the job for drivers at those fleets,” Jazrawy said.
“Remember, the point is show that they’re appreciated, which means showing that you think about them regularly and care about what they like and want,” Jazrawy added.
CarriersEdge is a leading provider of online driver training and the first to offer a dedicated mobile driver training app for the trucking industry. With a comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses, supported by advanced management and reporting functions, CarriersEdge helps hundreds of fleets train their drivers without sacrificing miles or requiring people to come in on weekends. CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.
Sep 7, 2017 - one month ago