Onward and upward for Quakes

By Geoff Lee

July 26, 2017 3:59 PM

Dale Ziegler, left, president of Canadian Plains Energy Services recently signed a deal to acquire Quakes Oilfield Construction from Quakes’ principal owner Mark Kohlruss, right. Canadian Plains was launched in January and has four locations and about 170 employees with more growth planned. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

Lloydminster’s Quakes Oilfield Construction has been acquired by Canadian Plains Energy Services.
The deal was signed July 19 and puts Quakes in the fast lane for growth in the heavy oil region of Lloydminster, as part of Canadian Plains’ expansion plans.
“I think it’s going to give the company some opportunity to grow in this area and we feel it’s a good fit for all of us concerned, for all the employees at Quakes,” said Mark Kohlruss, principal owner of Quakes.
“We think it’s a great thing.”
The acquisition gives Canadian Plains a foothold in Lloydminster with the staff, resources and connections of Quakes to get them rolling out of the gate.
“There has always been great opportunities here in Lloydminster and we see that it’s key to us to be here,” said Canadian Plains’ president Dale Ziegler.
“Quakes just has the right mentality, the right people for us; it’s a fit right across for both sides.”
The acquisition includes Quakes’ five acre site at the Foote Industrial Park on 10 Street.
“This is an ideal location; the facility is second to none,” said Ziegler.
The buyout includes an 8,000 sq. ft. fab shop, oilfield equipment such as knuckle pickers and booms and staff of about 20 employees, with new job applications being accepted.
Resumes can be sent by email to careers@cpenergy.ca.
Quakes will be renamed in the near future with a grand opening to be held this fall.
Lloydminster is Canadian Plains’ fourth location since the company launched in Regina and Carlyle, Sask. in January then expanded to Virden, Man.
The company provides a range of pipeline, fabrication, facility and maintenance services to the oil and gas industry in Western Canada.
“It’s grown very fast; it’s hard to keep up but it’s a good thing,” said Ziegler.
He said the client demand was there to do it and they didn’t have to go looking for good people.
“We’ll have one more opening up fairly soon as well,” said Ziegler who is well known in Lloydminster.
Ziegler was responsible for operations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Lloydminster and Wainwright areas of Alberta during his 20 years with Carson Energy Services and its successors in southeast Saskatchewan.
He left his job about a year and half ago and formed Canadian Plains in conjunction with Strike Energy Group as the majority shareholder.
Strike is a major oil and gas construction company with operations across Western Canada with TriWest Capital Partners as a major shareholder.
“We’re very excited to have Quakes join us and keep it growing,” said Glen Greenshields, COO of Strike.
In Lloydminster, Canadian Plains will focus on maintenance work and facility construction and some underground pipeline construction that will be new to Quakes.
Quakes’ bread and butter has been new facility construction including building thermal pads for Husky, some flow lines and a majority of upgrades to Husky’s existing facilities.
Quakes’ general manager, Troy Richert said being part Canadian Plains will get them more work with their main client Husky Energy and hopefully new business with other oil and gas players in the Lloydminster region.
“We’re pretty excited to join the forces here and a lot of their resources,” said Richert.
We’re kind of getting set up to go to the next level and we’re needing something like this to get us there.”
As a part of Canadian Plains, Quakes will have access to established and registered programs for equipment, health and safety, and quality developed by Strike Energy.
“We’re going to take the best of both and make a number one company here,” said Richert.
He said employees are excited to be under the ownership of Canadian Plains knowing the people behind it and the history of Carson Energy.
“Dale was a big part of that so when they first heard he was involved the eyebrows went up, ‘ya this is going to be a good thing,’ ” said Richert.

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