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History

Today, BURNCO's operations stretch from Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, to Dallas Texas in the south, and to Vancouver, British Columbia in the West. However, this family-owned business started small, and succeeded thanks to the hard work of four generations of the Burns family and their loyal employees.

 

TIMELINE

Original Gravel Wagon1912

A young man named James Francis Burns I started a concrete and excavation business in Calgary, Alberta using his team of work horses, hand shovels and a four wheeled dump wagon.

Jim II In Work Truck1923

J.F. Burns I purchased a truck that could haul gravel and tow a mixer to job-sites. Work horses were being phased out in favour of the mechanization and a growing work force.(Jim II in photo)

Jim I & II With Horses1928

At the age of 14, J.F. Burns II started working full time for his Dad and soon after he was placed in charge of the crew. His duties included quoting prices for work, supervising the work and collecting the money after the job was done. He also began his development into an accomplished concrete finisher.

JF Burns Sand & Gravel Logo1937

Jim II inquires about a mining permit to excavate gravel from the Bow River like others were doing. He was granted a permit and this was the beginning of J.F. Burns Sand & Gravel.

 

 

 

1945

J.F. Burns I gives his son first opportunity and a short period of time to buy the business, the price was reluctantly agreed to by Jim II.

Early Office & Car1946

First office at 46th Avenue Calgary & Jim II's company car, a Hudson '38 Terraplane.

 

 

 

Manchester Pit1948

Jim II expands his sand and gravel operations from mining the Bow River by purchasing land and opening up the Manchester Gravel Pit.

 

 

Dragline & Truck1949

As a summer student at the age of 14, Jim Burns III goes to work for his Dad taking on various jobs each summer: shoveling gravel, driving trucks, working in the office and operating equipment. In 1953, after returning from the University of Alberta, he began full time work.

Mixer Truck 1950

Jim II continued the family tradition of innovation by introducing one of Western Canada's first central mix plants for concrete, True Mix Concrete.

 

Asphalt Plant1954

Pioneer Paving Logo

Asphalt Paving Operations began with Jim II and partner Clayton Carroll starting a business: Pioneer Paving Ltd.

South Side Fleet1955

South Side Logo

Jim II and two others come together to form Southside Concrete Mix Ltd.

Jim II & III1955

JF Burns Sand & Gravel Logo

Jim Burns III becomes the General Manager of J.F. Burns Sand & Gravel at the age of 20.

 

1958

Jim II asks Clayton Carroll and Jim III to join him in acquiring land, together they form the joint venture, Carburn Aggregates. This company would continue to purchase land in support of the operating businesses.

1960

Jim III creates Enterprise Trucking & Loading Ltd with Joe Pearson.

Calgary Tower Construction1967

On May 15, the company started a 24 day continual pour of concrete to build the Calgary Tower. The slip-form technique they used was a relatively new idea, the record pour over 24 hours was 39 vertical feet.

 

 

 

BURNCO Industries Truck1969

In September five companies were amalgamated into one know as BURNCO Industries Ltd.

 

 

 

1974

Jim Burns III buys the remaining interest of J.F. Burns II and Pearl Burns in BURNCO Industries Ltd over 15 years.

Mixer Trucks1976

Pickering Rock products is purchased in Banff and Canmore, setting up BURNCO's first concrete plant distant from Calgary.

 

 

 

Loader & Truck 1977

A new subsidiary company is created under the name of BURNCO Rock Products Ltd to hold all of the operating business except Pioneer Paving.

1978

The company expands to Red Deer, Okotoks, Airdrie and Medicine Hat with initial work done to facilitate expansion into Cochrane and Lethbridge.

Paving 1983

BURNCO's asphalt paving operations begin to be wound down, selling the rolling stock but keeping the asphalt plants to supply asphalt to independent contractors.

 

 

 

 

Scott Burns1987

Having previously worked summers in various capacities in the business or been at school continuously since he was 15, Scott Burns, the 4th generation, begins his full time career in the business initially as Executive Assistant to Jim Burns III, then within BURNCO's Aggregate Division.

Packaged Products1988

BURNCO enters the retail market supplying do-it-yourself packaged products along with landscaping materials for retail customers and contractors.

 

Edmonton1993

BURNCO begins operations in the Edmonton market area.

 

 

 

1994

Scott Burns enters into a purchase arrangement over 20 years to acquire BURNCO Rock Products Ltd and becomes president of the Company.

Precast Operations1995

BURNCO purchases Key Concrete Ltd a then 23 year old family business to enter the precast concrete business.

 

 

 

Fort Saskatchewan

1996

BURNCO begins expansion into nearby Edmonton Centres, Leduc, Acheson, Fort Saskatchewan and the west side of the City, eventually replicating its positions in the Calgary District. In the same year Fort McMurrary operations commence.

TLR Logo1998

A sister firm, Tricycle Lane Ranches is created where BURNCO begins to conduct its own real estate operations.

 

 

 

2004

BURNCO operations commence in British Columbia and now operate from multiple sites in Metro Vancouver and the Okanagan/Shuswap Districts.

 

 

Jim III & Scott2007

Scott Burns completes the purchase of BURNCO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McNabb Creek In Howe Sound2008

BURNCO sells its precast and packaging business and begins expansion into the aggregate business in B.C.

 

 

 

McNabb Creek In Howe Sound2010

Mike Powell, joins the Company as the first non-family President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

Landscape Centres continue to grow with the purchase of Landscape Depot in the B.C. Lower Mainland.

2011

BURNCO proceeds with Project Enable, a complete replacement of its ERP and front end systems to provide for growth into its second century of operations.

 

Four Star Logo2012

BURNCO expands Calgary Ready Mix business with the acquisition of the assets of Four Start Concrete and Construction.

 

 

 

2012

BURNCO celebrated it's 100th Anniversary on June 21, 2012!

 

 

 

2013

BURNCO acquires Saskatoon’s Taylor Concrete Group and commence operations in Texas with the acquisition of Gateway Concrete.

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2014

Scott Burns assumes the Chairman’s role and Mike Powell becomes the new CEO. BURNCO commences operations in Prince Rupert and expands it's footprint in Texas.