Waiward Industrial Celebrates 50 Years: A Half Century of Designing, Fabricating, Erecting, & Maintaining Industrial Structures

This year marks our 50th anniversary, and we are proud of all that Waiward Industrial has accomplished in partnership with employees, clients, partners, friends, and the community. Founded in 1972 as Waiward Steel Fabricators Ltd. we have grown from a 2,500 sq. ft. facility to become the largest steel fabrication facility in Western Canada. Our steel fabrication facility has expanded over the years to 216, 500 sq. ft., with an additional 66,000 sq. ft in our primary paint and coatings and 5,000 sq. ft of blast capacity. Adjacent to the fabrication shop we have 15 acres for module assembly and storage.

We have had many significant achievements over the years in partnership with our clients since 1972. Over the past 50 years we have accomplished and were awarded:

  • In 1993, Waiward Steel was named Canada’s 48th fastest growing company.
  • In 2016, we reached 4 million working man hours Lost Time Incident (LTI) free. Approximately 800 Iron Workers contributed more than 2,000 hours per year over two years.
  • In 2019, we were received the CISC Steel Edge Award for the Stanley A. Milner Library Renewal. Innovative uses of structural steel to support the dramatically contoured facade were achieved through a creative system of trusses. Other steel highlights included a slender reading ramp that wraps around the open atrium space, and the design and installation of a steel cross brace lateral system within the existing concrete structure.
  • In 2019, we were a proud recipient of the IMPACT 2019 Project of the Year in the Fabrication category for the Propane Dehydrogenation Project (PDH) with Inter Pipeline at the Heartland Petrochemical Complex.

Today we are more than steel, as a full-service partner to our clients our services include engineering and design, procurement, steel fabrication, paint and coating, construction, and sustaining capital maintenance. With the efficiencies of our corporate overhead structure, we are proactive with risk identification, constructability planning and strategic with construction sequencing.

We have proudly expanded our operations with some recent accomplishments:

  • Proudly partnered with Indigenous First Nations: Mikisew Cree First Nation, Alexander First Nation, Gitga’at First Nation, and Kwikwetlem First Nation.
  • Expanded our capacity with the addition of a second 30,360 sq ft. paint and coating facility in Nisku, 5 Acres to a Module & Storage Yard, and satellite offices in Kitimat and Langley, British Columbia.
  • Partnered on Clean Energy projects like the Site C Clean Energy Project in Fort St. John, BC and LNG Canada: Kitimat Terminal in Kitimat, BC.
  • Invested in new state of the art equipment that operates more efficiently to reduce our carbon emissions with the following:
    • Peddibot-1200: Designed for high efficiency thermal processing, which reduces manual use of oxyacetylene and direct employee exposure to pollutants
    • Steel Shot Blaster: Is an efficient, reclaimable blasting media that is effective for many applications.
    • Blast Media Recycling Hopper: Ensures media is cleaned, reused, and recycled.

We continue to innovate and explore new technologies and services as we grow. We are excited to celebrate our 50th anniversary and to continue working with employees, clients, the community, and our partners to see embrace the next 50 years.