The Construction Association of PEI (CAPEI) recently held its second-annual trade show. About 30 companies participated in the event.
For more information, contact the Construction Association of PEI at 902-368-3303 or visit www.capei.ca.
Island Thermal Innovations, Crapaud
This company fabricates removable, reusable insulated covers for valves, pumps, and furnaces. They also do plumbing, pipe, and mechanical insulation for commercial properties.
Colin Farley and his business partner Daniel Livingstone started the business in April, 2016. “We are the only company doing this type of work in Atlantic Canada,” says Colin.
“In the future, we hope to hire someone with sewing skills to make the products. We can teach the skills needed if someone is willing to learn to operate an industrial sewing machine. The rubberized material is a bit more difficult to work with than regular fabric. We manufacture the straps as well, and install the grommets.”
Allstar Cresting Embroidery and Screen printing, Charlottetown and Regal Cresting in Alberton
Joel Watts and his twin brother Jeremy started Allstar Cresting in 2014. They specialize in screen printing and embroidery on all clothing, and have recently moved into promotional items that businesses can purchase to promote their company brands. These two young men also purchased Regal Cresting in the spring of 2016.
“Summer is our prime season, with sports teams and businesses looking to get products for different functions,” says Joel. “A lot of trades people come to us for hats and shirts and promotional products.”
There are six employees in Charlottetown, including a screen printing specialist, a graphic designer, and an embroidery specialist.
With business permitting, they hope to expand their employment in Alberton. “We want to grow sales there and create a retail location to give people more options for clothing on the western end of the Island.”
CTS – Canadian Tracking Solutions, Charlottetown
This company, run by Douglas MacDonald and his son Nathan, has been in business for over one year.
“We provide GPS tracking and fleet management solutions, including equipment, reporting data, software and monitoring services, to all of North America,” says Nathan MacDonald. “Our typical customers are companies that own at least five vehicles, such as contractors, delivery companies, towing services, snow removal, heavy equipment, lone workers, taxis, school buses, and government fleet vehicles.”
The system can track when employees enter and leave the job site, and manages and monitors the fleet’s activity. “Using the system reduces overtime and fuel costs, and improves safety and productivity. If there was ever an accident, the system records details such as the speed of the vehicle and time of the accident, like a black box on an airplane.
“In the near future, we are interested in hiring someone with experience in sales and marketing and someone with an IT background.”
Threads of Life - Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support
This charitable organization supports workers and families which have been involved in a workplace fatality, life-altering injury, or occupational disease. The national organization, which has been running since 2003, works in partnership with the Workers’ Compensation Board of PEI and in other provinces.
“We invite injured workers and family members to experience our services,” says Kevin Bonnis. “We have about 2,500 family members across the country. We train volunteers to do peer-to-peer support with injured workers and their families, as well as families living with the effects of work-related fatalities and disease. We also depend on volunteers to organize our annual Steps for Life fund-raising walks the first weekend in May.
“The organization was started by Shirley Hickman, whose son was killed in an explosion of an ice resurfacing machine in a hockey arena in Ontario. As a mother, she saw the need to support people affected by similar tragedies.”
For more information, visit www.threadsoflife.ca.
ALL-TECH Environmental Services Ltd., Charlottetown
This environmental health and safety consulting company has offices in all four Atlantic provinces. In Charlottetown, there is a branch manager and two full-time staff members who have been with the company for many years.
“On PEI, we typically hire a summer student with an environmental technology, technician, or engineering background,” says Melanie Bond. “The student we hired last summer moved to Halifax after his work term, knocked on the Bedford office door, and we hired him for a full-time position. The manager for Nova Scotia started out on PEI in a work term, and now he is the manager in Bedford. He has been with the company for nearly 13 years.
“When we hire summer students, we look for people who are open to working outside normal working hours, because some of our environmental and hazardous materials work is done after hours when buildings are not occupied. We also look for a good work ethic, and sometimes that is hard to find.”
PEI Brick Company, Crapaud
This business manufactures paving stones, patio stones, retaining walls, stone veneer siding, and deck blocks on site.
The company has been operating for a year and a half, and is the only manufacturer of these products on PEI.
There are currently six staff.
“We are currently looking to hire a marketing and sales assistant,” says Ali Younes.
“We need people who will show up on time and are willing to learn. We will teach them the rest. These qualities can be hard to find.”