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KƉƉŽƌƚƵŶŝƟĞƐ ĨŽƌ ďŽůƚͲŽŶ͕ ŽƌŐĂŶŝĐ ŐƌŽǁƚŚ͗ sĞƌƚĞdž By Brian Zinchuk Weyburn – Vertex Resource Group Ltd. has been growing in the last several years through numerous acquisitions. One of those, Sonic Oilfield Services, resulted in a Weyburn branch. Deon Walsh is vice president of environmental services. Donna Juravle is the office manager at the Weyburn station, Scott Juravle, is the operations manager. They spoke to Pipeline News on May 9 at their shop south a few kilometres south of Weyburn on Highway 35, where the company moved in July 2018. “Over the past year with Vertex, we’ve been looking at strategic acquisitions that would give us a good geographical footprint within various regions where we felt the market would remain steady, and where we felt we would have an opportunity to grow our business, at the same time as creating employment opportunities for people in the various communities in which we acquired companies. “Over the past year, we’ve acquired Sonic Oilfield Services. They had

sĞƌƚĞdž E'> ƚĂŶŬĞƌ͕ ǁĞĂƌŝŶŐ ƚŚĞ ĚĞĐĂůƐ ŽĨ ŝƚƐ ƌĞĐĞŶƚůLJ ĂĐƋƵŝƌĞĚ dŚƌĞĞ ^ƚĂƌ dƌƵĐŬŝŶŐ ĚŝǀŝƐŝŽŶ͕ ĚƌŝǀĞƐ ƉĂƐƚ ƚŚĞ ĐŽŵƉĂŶLJ͛Ɛ tĞLJďƵƌŶ ďƌĂŶĐŚ͘ operations in Weyburn and Kindersley,” he said. Donna came on as part of the Sonic acquisition. “And then the other acquisition we made was TSL Industries. They have operations in Kola, Manitoba, and Waskada, Manitoba. So again, looking for strategic acquisitions and growth opportunities, TSL was one we felt would fit out strategic plan in growing the business. “The other acquisition was Three Star Trucking out of Alida, Saskatchewan. The acquisition, again, with Three Star, gave

us another geographical footprint within southeast Saskatchewan, being in Alida. It also helped strengthen our operations in Grande Prairie and surrounding areas including our operations in Rycroft, Valleyview, and Whitecourt.” The Three Star acquisition brought Vertex into the natural gas liquids (NGL) business – NGL, propane, butane. He noted, “That allowed us to get into a market which Vertex had not had any exposure in, in the past. It also gave us the opportunity to go north-south of the border, so we haul liquid into the

Deon Walsh͕ ůĞŌ͕ Donna Juravle and ^ĐŽƩ :ƵƌĂǀůĞ and stand before Vertex’s Weyburn ůŽĐĂƟŽŶ͘ WŚŽƚŽ ďLJ ƌŝĂŶ ŝŶĐŚƵŬ

U.S. as well. “So with those acquisitions, and some organic growth, it gives us a footprint in the trucking business, from Fort Nelson, B.C., to Waskada, Manitoba,” Deon said. Looking at power units, including light trucks, semis and power units, Vertex as a whole has about 520 units, of which about one third is in southeast Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba. They have about 150 people working in the region. Donna said they have close to 20 people working out of Weyburn, four in the office, and 13 trucks,

with a few additional drivers in excess of the number of trucks. Weyburn is pretty much all tank trucks, as well as a combo vac. If they need additional or different units to meet client needs, they can be pulled from other sites like Regina, for example. A lot of their work in the Weyburn area involves a drive straight south, to the Oungre-Torquay area. Asked about the rest of 2019, Scott said, “As it stands right now, I think it looks good.” Deon said, “For growth plans, following an acquisition, we look at what other services our clients may need and bolt those on to the existing work that we have with them. I think, in the near future, there’s going to be more organic growth in the assets we have. Is there an opportunity to put more of our specialized cleaning services, turnaround services, semi-vacs, vac trucks, in the area?” In the Lloydminster area they run about 40 units, including vac trucks, combo vacs, chemical cleaning units, high-pressure water blasting units,

pressure trucks, bundle blasting and hot oilers. “In the Lloyd area, we do a lot of production service work in the field, but we also have our industrial cleaning group, which do a lot of turnarounds in petrochemical facilities, pulp mills, and various batteries. They do turnaround work in the oilsands as well,” he said. Vertex bought Hurricane Industries in Lloydminster 1.5 years ago. “That group also has a satellite office in Regina as well. We provide services to ethanol plants, fertilizer plants.” Their Saskatchewan locations include Alida, Regina, Weyburn, Kindersley, Lloydminster and Edam. Asked if they’ve been aggressive, Deon said, “We look for strategic opportunities that will give us a good geographical footprint. We call it responsible growth, making sure we look at the various areas, the potential acquisition, and how it would suit our organization and our growth strategy, and how it would give the customers the option for additional services and create an overall better Ź 3DJH $


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