Charlene Hayter has 20 years’ experience working as a flagger for construction companies. Her life partner, James Gregory, worked as a labourer with construction companies for 17 years.
In 2015, Charlene and James combined their years of work experience, knowledge, and skills and started Go with the Flow Traffic Control Inc. The company provides year-round traffic control for various companies Island-wide.
“We wanted more than working seasonally for construction companies, so we thought about what it would be like to own a business and work for ourselves,” says Charlene. “We purchased a traffic control company, changed the name, and grew the business to what it is today.”
The Montague-based couple recently celebrated three years of success in business. Their company started with six employees and grew to 60 to 70 staff during the winter and 80 to 100 during the rest of the year.
Business advice and success
“Do your research to make sure the business will be viable,” says James. “Writing the business plan was time consuming, but it was one of the most important steps in the success of the business.”
During their first year, Charlene and James secured a contract with Maritime Electric, and the business flourished, with continuing hiring needs, year-round.
- Traffic Control Persons
- Traffic Control Managers
- Traffic Control Supervisors
“Training is available in the Charlottetown area,” says Charlene. “The training tickets are valid for employment with traffic control companies for five years.”
The couple says the most difficult jobs to fill are the Traffic Control Persons and the Traffic Control Managers. “During the interview, we ask if the person has a Flagging ticket, a driver’s license, and is willing to travel. A driver’s license is not a requirement but it is an asset.”
“This is stable employment,” says James. “We have staff of all ages, from 16-year-old students to 70 and 74-year-old employees who are great workers.
“New hires start at minimum wage, and we do a performance review at three months,” says Charlene.
For more information about Go with the Flow Traffic Control Inc., contact Charlene Hayter and James Gregory at 902-326-1271 or email [email protected].