Golden Concrete Ltd. may have suffered a tough blow when a fire damaged the facility, but the workers have quickly got the business back on its feet and a will to make things even better in the future.
The fire did major damage to the office and shop area and also destroyed two trucks, a pumper, a loader and the whole plant said Operations Manager, Paul Ricard.
“We are going to replace the plant. We are looking at the new plant now and have been talking to the Town of Golden to discuss the development process,” said Ricard.
The business already has a portable plant on site which is up and operational so they can continue to provide concrete to the Donald Bridge project and the town as well.
“We do not want to leave the town without concrete…right now we are hauling concrete from Invermere and Revelstoke to supply the town,” Ricard said.
The extra cost of bringing in the concrete is not being passed on to the customers who have supported the business over the years.
Ricard went on to explain the company is already looking at getting a new plant and rebuilding a “Bigger and Better” plant on the site, which he believes will also be even more environmentally friendly.
“It will be state of the art. The company is very environmentally friendly…I wish this didn’t happen but if you have a clean slate then you are going to correct things that we should have done last time,” Ricard said.
They will be using the portable plant for four to six weeks at which point the new plant will be purchased. Once they get the new plant in Golden the construction will then begin around the plant.
The plant should be up and running by October at the latest according to Ricard.