project bid, aggregate is crushed by a partner and then the company
relocates its plant and crew, and at that point is set to begin paving.
This process, Safronetz noted, would not be possible without the
right team of employees and great partners in the province. The
province has many great contractors that the company maintains
“This company is built on the dedication and hard work of our
employees,” Safronetz said. “They are the reasons that we can deliver
innovative products specially formulated for the Saskatchewan
environment, on time and on budget. They work throughout the
winter months to inspect and maintain our plants and equipment
and use our fabrication equipment to continually improve efficiencies,
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It wasn’t long before H.J.R. was expanding into the paving market
and has since developed into one of the largest paving companies
in the province today. The Saskatoon-based company has paved on
most of the highways around the province – typically paving about
400 lane kilometers a summer and providing paving services for many
towns and rural municipalities. At its peak, the company employs
around 120 people, which are all from Saskatchewan, on different
crews, including a base crew, asphalt testing crews, paving crews,
milling crews and support staff in a shop and the office.
Safronetz explained that H.J.R. has become well-known for its quality
process. The company’s motto is “People Paving Professionally.”
Using mainly asphalt plants that it has fabricated, the company
creates mixtures in its own lab that are especially formulated
to perform in a challenging Saskatchewan environment. Safronetz
said the company understands that in this industry only the highest
quality is acceptable.
“This is a much more technical business than most people think
– we are creating a product that in a normal year will have to withstand
under thousands of hours of heavy traffic and temperature
swings of over 70 degrees,” he said.
Willing to work anywhere
He said the company is also known for its willingness “to work anywhere
in Saskatchewan.” To win a bid the company works to secure
aggregate in the area, working with a combination of internal
staff and partners in the industry. If the company is successful in a
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so that next summer we can deliver even better results
to the customer.”
There have been some memorable projects over the years for
H.J.R. Asphalt. The company has tackled numerous large-scale jobs
on Highways Number 1 and 16 and many paving projects in northern
Saskatchewan. One of the company’s achievements was taking
part in the rubberized paving project on Highway 11 ( from Findlater
to Chamberlain) in the summer of 2005. The experimental project
was designed to reduce the province’s waste stream.
More recently, the company has been working on an exciting
greenfield project in Grasslands National Park located south of the
village of Wood Mountain. The project was based in the park’s East
Block. From this area, visitors now have the opportunity to drive
10 kilometres out along the top of the ledge of the park and experience
some breathtaking views of badlands as they get close to the
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