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McIntosh Engineering merges with Stantec

September 1, 2008
by Adelle Larmour
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The challenge of growing to meet  customer needs has prompted North Bay’s McIntosh Engineering to merge with North American engineering design firm Stantec.

The July 2 deal saw more than 200 McIntosh Engineering employees join forces with the Alberta-based company’s 9,000 employees, who provide professional design and consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, surveying, economics and project management.“It is all about the customers,” said McIntosh Engineering president and CEO Scott McIntosh. “We’re driven by wanting to serve our customers and we’re going to continue to grow to meet that need.”

Located in five North American offices and international project sites, McIntosh Engineering will consolidate its thriving business with Stantec’s more than 125 locations across North America. Over the last five years, McIntosh Engineering has experienced “tremendous growth.” In 2007, gross revenues were about C$32 million, according to a company report.

“We expect continued similar, if not accelerated growth (under Stantec),” Mcintosh said, adding that the company will operate as the mining business unit within Stantec.

Originally established in Canada in the early 1960s, McIntosh began as an engineering division of J.S. Redpath Limited, a North Bay-based underground contracting company. Over time, it became an independent engineering firm under the direction of Scott McIntosh and established a reputation as a world leader in underground mining services –  from mine conceptualization through to mine feasibility, detail engineering and design for construction, procurement and construction management. Specialties include underground mining methods, mine development, deep shafts, material handling systems and complete infrastructure in support of underground operations.

Stantec, founded in 1954, developed its business in infrastructure – engineering and designing roads, buildings, transportation and power supply systems throughout North America.

“It’s a great fit,” said McIntosh, whose new role will be vice president in the Stantec organization. “We are excited about the opportunities that Stantec will bring to our employees and clients. Stantec’s civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers and designers can directly help support our mining projects within our core business.”

Conversely, McIntosh’s engineering team will bring a wealth of mining capabilities and international exposure to Stantec’s portfolio.

“With the McIntosh team joining Stantec, we gain a foothold in the active mining sector,” stated Stantec’s president and CEO Tony Franceschini in a July 2 press release.

The collaboration will help promote recruitment and retention of quality people, two critical issues in the mining industry today. Other advantages for McIntosh are greater opportunities for geographic scope, access to heavy infrastructure, environmental, and expanded project management and project control services; and personal development for employees.

Prior to the merger, McIntosh’s 80 employees in Sudbury moved to a larger space with potential for future expansion. Now, it is an opportunity to bring Stantec’s services to the area, just as McIntosh will be developing its mining services in Saskatoon and Toronto, where Stantec has offices.

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