Skyline celebrates 40 years

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April 21, 2016 6:00 AM

Good government and client relations key to success

Skyline Refrigeration is celebrating 40 years of business in Lloydminster next month, something they attribute to a great city, its people and close local bonds.
Jerry Sharkey one of the original owners who started the company in 1976, said: “In a smaller town, relationship is key, our aim has been to give great service and look after our customers and they’ve looked after us.”
Skyline offers commercial and light industrial refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, to businesses like local grocery stores and oil field facilities, restaurants and malls.
In fact, Sharkey said a big reason they opened up shop in the Border City was because he’d heard word of the plans to build the upgrader and foresaw the expansion of the city that would inevitably come with it.
This was back in ‘76, but the facility didn’t come to fruition until the early 90s.
While the owners of Skyline were waiting, they found a very accepting community to be a part of.
“It’s been a great place to have a business; there’s been some ups and downs, but it’s been a real good place,” he said.
Skyline employees are mostly local staff, “homegrown” as Sharkey puts it.
They are sent to an apprenticeship program at SAIT, which gives them the versatile training they need to learn what he calls the “Skyline way.”
He also knows the importance of investing in the community, with his company donating to places like the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre, the Lloydminster Legion and many other local charities.
He and his staff also know the importance of shopping local, something he said is necessary to help fellow businesses survive.
“All these guys that work for us, they live here, they’re bringing up their families here, and so it’s supporting local to keep the community vibrant,” said Sharkey.
“All the money stays here and doesn’t go anywhere else.”
Sharkey fell into the refrigeration business after going to college and realizing what he was taking was not what he wanted for his future.
He decided he wanted to be in a trade of some sort, so he asked the people at Manpower for advice and refrigeration was the trade that came up.
“(Manpower) said, ‘Refrigeration, it might not pay as well as the other ones but it’s going to be up and coming.’
“And he was right,” Sharkey said.
Now it’s been almost half a century and Skyline Refrigeration in Lloydminster is still going strong, enjoying great work relationships. and helping the businesses in town with all their HVAC and refrigeration needs.

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