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Red Deer’s Finning Centre Of Excellence To Close In Early 2017

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Roughly two hundred union and non-union employees at the Finning Centre of Excellence in Red Deer now have an uncertain future. Staff at the oilfield facility on Edgar Industrial Drive found out on Thursday, November 3rd that the company plans to close the building early next year.

Finning Canada Communications Manager Hilary Anaka says this was a “difficult decision for the company that it didn’t take lightly”, adding that “the economic downturn has led to reduced activity”. Anaka also points out that the company is engaged in an ongoing transformation of business operations to improve customer satisfaction and reduce their overall cost-structure which was a process that began before the current economic conditions.

Anaka says the company is not sure what the workforce reduction number would be at this point but says “the company will do everything it can to retain and relocate as many staff as possible.” Work currently done at the branch will now be transferred to other Finning locations over the next few months while the transition takes place. The Finning branch on 67th street in Red Deer will remain open though, as it deals mostly with General construction and Road construction which uses excavators and dozers. Anaka says “No one was laid off today.”

One affected worker who wished to be referred to as “Matt”, has worked for Finning for five years and says staff were told in a brief lunchroom meeting Thursday morning that because of the slow down in the economy, there is a lack of work, so the facility is shutting down. “Matt” estimates 100 mechanics will be affected, while 100 or so parts people, forklift drivers, warehouse workers and other office support staff face uncertain futures as well. “Matt” says many of his colleagues are now going to look at downsizing their homes and vehicles to adjust to their new realities.

The Finning-Cat facility in Edgar Industrial Park saw staff do overhaul work for machines involved in oilsands projects and for large mining equipment. It has also operated as a welding shop.

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Meet Kennedy – she can help you reach your clients in Red Deer and Central Alberta

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We would like you to meet Kennedy, our newest team member.

”   Hello – I am Kennedy Mannerfeldt, the newest member of Todayville Red Deer.  I am well-known for my passion of photography, my crazy love of cats and my thirst for delectable coffee, but, what I love the most is my adorable children, and taking in a hike with family and friends. I look forward to meeting the many people of central Alberta as I begin my new adventure as an Advertising Consultant for Todayville…”

Kennedy will work with you to sort through your marketing goals and in collaboration with our team, come up with ideas that will help you market your unique business.  From video production and brand stories, to ad design, social media and general advertising, we can offer you a range of solutions to help you reach customers in Red Deer and Central Alberta. Here are just a few of our clients who share a desire to be positively aligned with our community.

We work very hard to provide stories that are of interest to this region.  We also help some great local businesses and organizations tell their stories, advertise their services and promote their events. And that’s where Kennedy, our newest team member comes in.

 

Click the ad below to be connected to Kennedy.

Here are just some of the stories that we’ve created with clients in the region.

Ellis Bird Farm,

Primary Care Network,

Red Deer Hospice,

Red Deer Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards,

Staybridge Hotel,

One Eleven Grill,

Scott Subaru.

Some clients write and publish their own stories giving them complete flexibility.  Kipp Scott GMC  is a great example.

Todayville specializes in community news and events and “brand-journalism”. Our stories generate thousands of page views each day in Central Alberta. We believe businesses are a major part of a healthy community and our stories about local businesses perform very well.

70% of our audience is between 25-54 years of age.  They are interested in this community and support local businesses who support the community.

Thanks for reading about Todayville.  We hope to hear from you! Click to connect directly with Kennedy@todayville.com.

Todayville also operates Todayville Edmonton and Todayville Agriculture.

 

 

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Construction underway at Red Deer Regional Airport Terminal

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Construction has begun at the Red Deer Regional Airport to convert the existing terminal into a full-service FBO (Fixed Based Operator), in partnership with Tucana Aviation.

The term FBO is given to an organization granted the right by an airport to provide a variety of ground support services, such as fueling, maintenance, catering, transportation/accommodation logistics, etc. In addition to their operational expertise and experience, they are also service orientated with an unwavering commitment to providing the best customer experience possible for both the passengers and flight crew, as they transient the airport.

Our partner in this endeavour, Tucana Aviation, is a well-established organization with a combined 30 years leadership experience in the aviation/oil and gas business. Their knowledge and experience, along with their unwavering commitment to safety/security as an existing tenant at the Red Deer Regional Airport, makes them an ideal partner. Tucana Aviation will be tasked with increasing the Charter and VIP traffic that utilizes the Red Deer Regional Airport, through various marketing and collaborative efforts with the Airport Authority.

Jim Freake, Operations Manager at Tucana Aviation states: “As the airports newest partner, we see huge potential for both oil and gas companies and private aircraft operators looking for VIP service while at the same time saving thousands in operating costs. We are truly thankful for this opportunity and look forward to helping grow the Red Deer Regional Airport”.

Graham Ingham, CEO of the Red Deer Regional Airport states: “We are very excited to be partnering with Tucana Aviation, and for the opportunity to further grow the airport by leveraging their experience and relationships. Focusing on service and making sure our customers have a positive experience while at the airport is also extremely important to us, as we attempt to capitalize on an already thriving charter market currently running along the Edmonton – Calgary corridor”.

The development of the Red Deer Regional Airports FBO partnership with Tucana Aviation is a vital step towards growth at the airport, and a big part of their future strategic planning. This, in addition to the recent unveiling of their land development strategy, and continued pursuit of scheduled air service, will ensure the airport is capable of achieving its vision of becoming the “Aviation Gateway and Key Economic Driver for Central Alberta”.

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