In the mining industry, good property is not easily won or lost. Acquiring companies and property, funding feasibility studies and enduring lengthy permitting processes are all part of the game. But if the return dwarfs the investment, then mining companies and their investors will consider the process to be well worth it in the end.
In operation since 1902, Stewart & Stevenson’s tenure serving the oil and gas industry, as well as a range of other markets, is a strong demonstration that it understands what is important for succeeding in this business. According to Vice President of Sales Dennis Weisgerber, Stewart & Stevenson remains a key partner in its clients’ operations by always “taking care of our customers.” That is the company’s “first and foremost goal,” and one that does not waver.
The first Gold Rush might have come and gone more than a century ago, but there’s already another rush and this time it is not for the easily won placer gold. Smash Minerals CEO Adrian Fleming says the junior exploration firm has started the work on a property south of Dawson City, Yukon, that has the potential to add another discovery to the growing explosion of interest in gold exploration in the province.
On its own, Stettler Oil and Gas (SOG) is a very strong manufacturer; add in the support of its parent company and sister companies, and SOG is unstoppable. The company manufactures above-ground production equipment for natural gas, such as separator packages, tank/separator packages, group /test separator packages, wet metering skids, header packages, line heaters and dehydration packages.
Named after the Hindu word for devotion, Sadhna Petroleum Services provides that quality to all its customers’ projects. Founded in 1993 by Krishna Ramlogan – who has nearly four decades of experience in oil drilling and management – the family owned and managed company specializes in drilling and managing exploration and production oil wells in Trinidad, Tobago and the South American countries of Suriname and British Guyana, where the company has a registered office but no current projects.
Moving earth, rock and other excavated materials for hours on end is the challenge that materials conveyors have to meet daily. Providing rollers and pulleys that operate at top efficiency is the job of Precismeca of Wallaceburg, Ontario. “There’s challenges to move more product for less money and less downtime,” President and CEO Joe Hartney concedes. “Downtime is a killer. It always has been a problem, but now it has become a primary focus.”
Since 1966, the name “Plainsman” has been synonymous with one-stop distribution for products related to the heavy oil industry of Western Canada. However, the Edmonton-based “supply store to the supply store network in Western Canada” – as General Manager Mike Kittlitz describes his company – has made a major push into the manufacturing business over the last 15 years.
For Chairman Richard Fifer, leading Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. has not been a half-hearted effort. Instead, “In my case, it has almost been a lifetime endeavor,” he declares. The Vancouver-based company specializes in gold, silver and copper mining. A 25-year veteran of the industry, Fifer founded Petaquilla Minerals in 1987 as Adrian Resources. Soon after, it formed a joint venture with another exploration company and began looking for copper on its Molejon property in Panama. “In the process, we found gold deposits,” Fifer recalls.