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Date: June 27, 2013, 6:39:44 PM MDT

Fellow Employees and Friends of BURNCO:

This is the fourth, and likely last update to the entire Company and many of our friends regarding the aftermath of the Alberta flooding disaster.  I’m proud to report that due to exceptional efforts, we have definitely turned the corner in our reparations, as well as have been involved in some spectacular achievements since last Friday.  First, however, our displaced-from-their-residence employee count is less than fifteen, but the effect on these families is severe and has gone well beyond inconvenience.  We will soon be circling back to each to see (or again see) how BURNCO may assist.  In anticipation of needs, we have created a document entitled “Flood Relief Information and Resources.”  I noted this in my previous update and it has helpful links to many agencies and is available through HR!
 
You may have noticed all four of these “Updates” have been posted on our www.burnco.com website.  We will soon have a dedicated, individualized employee website up and running www.myBURNCO.com, but unfortunately not quite yet.
 
I will leave you with the below example of one of the many emergency projects where BURNCO stepped up to help in order to perform repairs or avoid further disastrous consequences.    
 
Regards,
 
Scott Burns
Chief Executive Officer

 



Below are the before and after shots of the repair of the CP Okotoks bridge.
Our Aldersyde site was open 24 hours for four days to supply this project.  It is incredible
to see what can be accomplished in such a short period of time.

CP Okotoks bridge damage


CP Okotoks bridge repaired

 

Yvonne Sands
Sales Manager, Southern Alberta
Aggregate Division
BURNCO Rock Products Ltd

 


June 25, 2013, 9:52:47 PM MDT

Fellow employees and friends of BURNCO:

Our hearts continue to be with those coping with personal losses arising from the disastrous flood in Alberta. While our plight is significant for BURNCO in flood-affected locations, it pales in comparison to the lasting and in some instances severe personal impacts, including some endured by our workforce. For those directly affected, we wish to know how we might help and again request personnel make contact with our HR Department.*

With Alberta flood waters receding, we have moved into assessment and remediation modes primarily for the five BURNCO locations identified in earlier updates. The action steps to be pursued in our planning set out in our Sunday morning meeting are enacted and thankfully have resulted in channelling our efforts toward specific identified tasks. Employee willingness and cooperation to take on abnormal work—some not enjoyable—has been a continued motivating source of energy for us all!

I’m pleased to let you know that the assessment of the damage for BURNCO is far less than our worst fears, and we have redeployed personnel, lengthened hours of operation at mission-critical sites and are moving further equipment in to this market area from other of our jurisdictions. Each of these five locations are being brought back to operating status. Presently, we are positioned to satisfy the needs of our customers and are working hard to ensure we can do this without future interruption of service.

Thank you for your continuing efforts!

 

Regards,

Scott

 

* We have created and are refining a flood-related contact list of agencies and helpful websites for employees that will be available by request through HR.

Scott Burns
Chief Executive Officer
BURNCO Rock Products Ltd
Tricycle Lane Group of Companies

Direct: 403.640.9236
Fax: 403.212.0452
E-mail: scott.burns@burnco.com

 


Date: June 23, 2013, 2:59:43 PM MDT

Employees and friends of BURNCO:

As noted in my e-mail address last evening, BURNCO’s Management Committee and certain representatives of Senior Management from throughout our operating areas met this morning to begin to understand and make initial plans to respond to the impacts caused by unprecedented flooding in Alberta. Certainly, things could be much worse for BURNCO, but properly our meeting’s attention was first given to those who are still in need of immediate assistance and whether we are positioned to help.

BURNCO will be open for business at all its usual locations and at Corporate Office (excepting five locations) at their usual times tomorrow. These six locations are detailed below, but in summary form: our Indus Aggregate Operations*, Calgary Landscape Centre*, Canmore Aggregate and Ready-mix Operations*, Clearwater quarry*, Genesee Aggregate Operations*.

Our forces have already been called upon and responded to three emergency matters (at least). The first was creating an access (the usual one is washed out) into our Canmore Aggregate pit to bring material out to respond to an emergency request of the Town. The second was supplying (as of this morning) 1700 lock blocks from our Okotoks operations to support bridge abutments on the main north-south CP Rail line to the USA near Okotoks and the third was police escorted supply of ready-mix concrete late in the evening, to shore up a tower crane that was listing on a new, under construction high rise building in downtown Calgary. We’re proud of and gratified with our personnel taking these first-responder initiatives in a safe and diligent manner!

We are aware of approximately thirty fellow employees who have been displaced by flooding, but understand that all but five have the ability to return to their residences. We remind you of our Employee Assistance Program and we are actively trying to understand how BURNCO might help (please contact HR on Monday a.m.).

Three of our operations have considerable flooding impacts and personnel involved in these should ensure they check with their Supervisors before attempting to return to work: Indus Aggregate Operations southeast of Calgary (personnel are likely to be redeployed within the Aggregate Division), our flagship Calgary Landscape Centre (although the Bow River is receding quickly!). Some operations have access issues: our Genesee Aggregate Operations (the Brazeau Dam conducted an emergency release in the North Saskatchewan river system, and while our equipment and inventory are above water, accesses to this southeast of Edmonton pit is compromised), the Clearwater Quarry west of Caroline (road access is compromised) and the Canmore Aggregate Operations noted above.

All employees attending to flood affected areas are asked to be extremely cautious and safety-oriented. Those we are trying to help are likely under considerable stress. Our intention is to regain full operational status as soon as reasonably possible and this may mean a considerable change of duties asked of you including redeployment. Our latest belief is we will need all of our workforce to regain our full operational status and to effectively respond to helping others to rebuild.

Thank you for your willingness to take active steps to help, but be mindful of minimizing the creation of further damage!

 

Regards,

Scott

 

* Please check with your Supervisor where and whether to report.

Scott Burns
Chief Executive Officer
BURNCO Rock Products Ltd
Tricycle Lane Group of Companies

Direct: 403.640.9236
Fax: 403.212.0452
E-mail: scott.burns@burnco.com

 


Date: June 22, 2013, 5:30:26 PM MDT

Employees and Friends of BURNCO

We definitely enjoyed our 100th anniversary events last year more than those involved in turning 101 on Friday, June 21st! Nevertheless, the outpouring of support relating to the submersion and flood-destruction of certain of our lower lying operations in southern Alberta has been heartwarming and has motivated us to restore those to full capability as soon as possible. That so many other individuals and businesses have been far more impacted than ourselves has us working hard to be positioned to help in rebuilding!

Many employees have already shown BURNCO's mettle in trying to minimize damage ahead of the flooding (without notice) and are now becoming poised to act and are acting. Tomorrow morning, our senior and southern Alberta leadership teams will be meeting to map a strategy to work as productively as possible to restore to full availability our affected operations and we'll be communicating again to you our next steps. The likely first of these will be identifying where our capabilities are presently or soon will be compromised as well as assessing the changed demand we'll be asked to respond to from our customers. This may result in bringing our personnel and equipment from elsewhere in western Canada or deploying southern Alberta personnel and equipment to other jurisdictions.

On behalf of the Management Committee of BURNCO, I'm very pleased with our approach to what Mother Nature has sent our way and am invigorated by the willingness of our workforce to respond both to humanitarian requests and to the Company's needs.

Please stay safe and strong!

 

Scott Burns
Chief Executive Officer|
BURNCO Rock Products Ltd
Tricycle Lane Group of Companies

Direct: 403.640.9236
Fax: 403.212.0452
E-mail: scott.burns@burnco.com