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


By Staff

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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Because things can get ugly out there.



Rain, Rain go away!

As much as we don’t want to think about what’s next after this rainy summer, reality will eventually set in and ‘old man you know what’ will be here.  In an effort to get ahead of it, make sure that your 2nd largest purchase in your life is protected in the areas that you cannot access to take care of!

Protection makes sense.

Make sure that your undercarriage is protected from the harsh elements on the road such as salts, ice, snow, rocks and dirt. What can be done?

  1. We put your vehicle up on a hoist and spray the undercarriage of the vehicle with undercoat. This not only protects it from these elements and ensures that your undercarriage doesn’t rust, but also acts as  sound dampening from road noise.
  2. Another option that we offer is to apply a rust inhibitor in between the panels of your vehicle. We spray the rust inhibitor in your doors, quarter panels, trunk and hood. Moisture gets in between these panels from rain or when we wash our vehicles. This seals off the inside of the panel to make sure that the moisture doesn’t come in contact with the sheet metal. The benefit of this is that you won’t get rust on the common areas of your vehicle such as around your wheel wells, corners of the doors, and on the seams of the hood.

Protecting your vehicle with these products accomplishes two things:

  1. Keep your vehicle looking newer while you own it.
  2. Help to create resale value when you choose to trade it in or sell it.

They are the most common products that we apply to vehicles and for good reason. Albertans know how harsh our winters are, and how long we seem to have rocks/gravel/sand on our roads. Protecting your investment just only makes sense!

Please visit our Finance office for pricing information or with any questions that you may have regarding these products.

Cheryl Sundgaard – Finance Director –

403.343.6633  |


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