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History

50+ Years of Growth and Success

From our humble beginnings in 1963 as Doug Smith Electric with a staff of ten, Chemco has grown over 2,500 employees and offers a comprehensive list of construction and maintenance services.

Our success is largely due to our founding core values. We put people first, we share an unyielding commitment to safety, and we are accountable to our clients, coworkers, community and the environment.  Timeline:

1963
The company was originally incorporated as Doug Smith Electric. The company consisted of  a small workforce of approximately ten. Projects included commercial and institutional installations on schools and hospitals.

1978
The name changed to Chemco Electrical Contractors Ltd. The company branched into light industrial work in the oil and gas industry from its focus of commercial and institutional installations on schools and hospitals.
 

1988
WIth a new ownership group came new ideas, strengths and versatility. Chemco started to experience growth and began exclusively a heavy industrial contractor. Chemco developed strong construction management and constructability knowledge for all types of construction and maintenance projects.
 

1994
Chemco branches out into other provinces in Canada. Chemco's comprehensive Environmental Health and Safety Program gains us our Certificate of Recognition.
 

2001
Chemco is the recipient of the WCB 2001 WorkSafe Award. Chemco is very active within the construction industry and is proud to be recognized as a safety leader. We strive to make Alberta the safest place to work by sharing our innovative ideas, programs and success with contractors throughout Alberta. Chemco has always recognized the importance of continuously improving to maintain industry leadership.
 

2005
This became a milestone year for Chemco and once again tremendous growth. Annual sales volume exceeded 200 million and the workforce peaks at 2000 employees. Chemco's man hours exceeded 3 million and we continued on the path of being the "contractor of choice." Two new divisions were added to electrical and high voltage; mechanical instrumentation and fiber optics installations.
 

2008
Chemco moves into Saskatchewan and this resulted in new and exciting opportunities. Our workforce working in Saskatchewan peaks at 500.
 

2010
Proved to be Chemco's biggest year ever. Our sales volume exceeded more than $391 million with man hours in excess of 4 million and a peak workforce of 2500. Chemco is capable of undertaking large industrial projects yet versatile enough to provide the services required by small individual contracts.


2011
Was a milestone year for Chemco. We transitioned from a private company with several owners to an employee owned organization with numerous owners throughout the organization. In July Chemco opened a Saskatchewan branch office, giving Chemco a permanent presence in the Saskatchewan marketplace. Establishing increased customer service and responsiveness to our Saskatchewan clients

2012

Chemco forms civil/earthworks division.

2013

Chemco opens new Corporate Office in downtown Calgary.

2014

Chemco opens Electrical Engineering division.

2015
Chemco consolidates operations by moving into the new Head Office in Nisku.​