for Hayward, Wisconsin. A service contract with CPR for rail car and fleet
maintenance began in 2008 and continues to this day.
Scott succeeded his father as president in 2008 and in 2015, he became
the trustee of the family trust that owns the business. Today, GUC serves
mostly southern and central Saskatchewan with the crushing division operating
year-round servicing projects in the Yorkton area, while the mass
earth-moving division consists of scrapers, GPS dozers and up to 80-tonne
excavators and a Cat D10 dozer.
“Most jobs are a challenge where communication with owners, through
engineers or architects is required,” said Friesen. “Communication has traditionally
been a secondary survival skill. With more competitive and complex
work, it has become primary.”
GUC’s recent projects have included 13 kilometres of track twinning for
CN in the Melville area, elevator sites at Wadena and Melville, and upgrading
the City of Prince Albert’s water storage capacity and the City of
Saskatoon’s wastewater treatment capacity. Friesen says that the company’s
most pivotal project was an emergency flood response at Fishing Lake
where berm construction and drainage channels were needed to relieve
flooding in the area.
During the summer months, the company typically employs as many as
150, with that number reduced to about 25 during the winter.
“We enjoy being a part of positive developments where Saskatchewan
communities can prosper and grow,” said Friesen. “Seeing landscapes
G. Ungar Construction staff working on the City of Prince Albert's
River Street reservoir and raw water intake upgrade in 2018
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