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Written by Michaela St. Onge & Produced by Ben Weaver

Back in 1972, the Drexler family of Ontario started its family-run construction company. Thirty-seven years later, Drexler Construction Limited is still in existence, still family-owned, and now employs a staff of more than 100 construction experts at its Rockwood, Ontario, location.
Providing diverse services

Back in 1972, the Drexler family of Ontario started its family-run construction company. Thirty-seven years later, Drexler Construction Limited is still in existence, still family-owned, and now employs a staff of more than 100 construction experts at its Rockwood, Ontario, location.

When asked what defines and separates Drexler Construction from other contractors, President and owner of the firm, Alf Drexler, explained the diversity of the construction projects conducted by his team makes the corporation unique. Through the years, Drexler employees have cultivated the knowledge, skills, and experience to consider themselves experts in sewer, water, road, utility, pipeline, sidewalk, and bridge work, in addition to general excavation and heavy construction projects.

PROJECTS & ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS
Drexler Construction is currently contracted to work on several government, private and municipal projects, all contributing to the company’s projected $35 million revenue for this year. One of their most impressive current municipal projects is the reconstruction of Centre Wellington’s bridge at Wilson’s Flats in Old Pilkington.

The construction, projected to be a $2.5 million deal, is long awaited for the residents of Wellington County as the heavily-traveled bridge has been closed for over six years. In addition to more than 500 meters of road work approaching the bridge, realignment of the road, and building up of the road, Drexler Construction will handle the removal and reconstruction of the bridge.

Another large-scale notable project completed by Drexler Construction in the summer of 2005 was at the University of Guelph in Ontario. The university was undergoing major renovations, and the project completed by Drexler cost more than $7 million. Drexler was brought into the major renovations at the university specifically due to its renowned expertise in underground utility infrastructure, and completed the project satisfactorily.

While working on the project at the University of Guelph and on the bridge in Centre Wellington, as with many of Drexler’s construction projects, the team has the well-being of the surrounding community and environment in mind. In fact, several past projects of Drexler Construction have been awarded recognition for their acute attention to green and sustainable initiatives.

Especially in the construction industry environmental awareness and attention are of utmost importance for clients—whether those customers are government officials, private personnel, or a university Board of Directors. The corporate team at Drexler understands this importance and emphasis on the environment, and strives toward environmental sustainability in their work. Drexler Construction is a proud donor to GEL, the Guelph Environmental Leadership, whose programs teach environmental awareness and green initiatives in the Guelph region of Ontario.

Similarly, Drexler is a member of the OPCA, Ontario Petroleum Contractors Association. As a member of OPCA, the team at Drexler has constant access to information such as recent environmental regulations and changes to ensure sustainable activities in all of their work. Green initiatives have had to be on the mind of leader Alf Drexler, who recognizes how competitive the construction field has become over the past several years. Accordingly, the people at Drexler Construction are devoted and determined to produce the most satisfying construction results, all the while keeping in mind the treatment of the surrounding environment.

SUB-CONTRACTING
It is clear from Drexler’s active participation in several associations that the company understands the benefit of collaborating with others. Drexler works with a large group of sub-contractors on each of their projects to benefit from the supply chain’s specialized capabilities. “We have a big supply chain, but we like to hire a lot of local firms on our projects,” Drexler explains. Without a doubt, Drexler Construction has developed a strong relationship with the Rockwood community over the years.

Looking forward
Like many construction companies across Canada, Drexler Construction is continually challenged by the current economic situation. Fortunately, a backlog of work carried over into this year from 2008, but the recession has slowed business for the company

While the economy has slowed things down a bit as far as construction work is concerned, the company has focused itself elsewhere: technological improvements. To ensure company-wide readiness when the economy turns itself around, Drexler Construction has recently invested in advanced, new GPS and grading technologies.

As far as the future is concerned, Alf Drexler says the company has no other major investments planned just yet. “Our outlook for 2009 is to work hard to maintain our position [as a highly regarded construction company],” Drexler explains.
 

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