The end of Carillion Canada will not mean the end of regular highway maintenance in the Drumheller area.
That assurance from Alberta Transportation after the company's service contracts in Alberta and Ontario were purchased by Emcon Services out of British Columbia.
"For lack of a better phrase, this is basically one company buying the assets of another company when that company is in court ordered protection," explained John Archer from Transportation Minister Brian Mason's office. "The Alberta Government did not seek out Emcon to put this bid in; Emcon put their bid in and that was the bid that was entertained by all parties involved, including Alberta Transportation."
Earlier this week, an Ontario court approved the sale in the wake of the financial failure of Carillion Canada's parent company in the United Kingdom.
"The responsibility of Alberta Transportation, first and foremost, is to ensure that the high standards that we have for highway maintenance in this province, particularly in the winter months, are met and that there is no break in service, if that can be accomplished," Archer added.
"The average Albertan who drives on the highways in this province will not notice a difference other than the logos on the side of the trucks and the highway signs that identify which company is responsible for highway maintenance in that area," he pledged.
The Alberta government made millions of additional dollars available to the company this spring to ensure highway maintenance would not be interrupted. Emcon’s president said his company is committed to keeping all current Carillion staff and plans to work with the same labour agreements that Carillion did.