Walker Aggregates Expands Its Operations in Simcoe

NEWS RELEASE – December 6, 2016

BARRIE – Walker Aggregates has purchased the assets of the Stewart Group of Companies (GH Stewart Const. Inc. and Stewart Carriers Limited) based in Orillia, Ontario. These include three sand and gravel pits in Simcoe County, as well as the trucking operations of the group. Walker has subsequently sold the trucking division to Duivenvoorden Haulage of Innisfil, Ontario.

Two of the sand and gravel pits are in Oro-Medonte Township – one on 12th Line and another on 13th Line – while the other is in Severn Township on Uhthoff Line.

The purchase agreement does not include J.G. Stewart Construction Limited, which is a separate company.

This acquisition will enable Walker to expand its aggregate operations in the Simcoe area by serving more customers and by enhancing the supply of products to its existing customers.

The approximately 15 employees working at the pits have been offered jobs with Walker Aggregates, while the approximately 12 trucking employees have been offered positions with Duivenvoordern Haulage.

“I’m pleased to be able to welcome Stewart’s aggregate and construction employees to the Walker team, and to know that the trucking employees have been given the opportunity to become part of Duivenvoorden,” says Walker Aggregates executive vice-president Ken Lucyshyn.

Lucyshyn says the acquisition of Stewart’s aggregate assets is part of Walker’s sustainability plan for the future. “We want to ensure we can continue to provide a good supply of sand and gravel to our customers involved in construction projects that contribute to the growth and economic well-being of Simcoe County.”

Glen Stewart had owned the Stewart Group of Companies for the past 33 years, which was spun off from a business his father Russell established more than 60 years ago. His son Rob had owned Stewart Carriers Limited since 2007, and grew up working with the company.

“The time is right,” Glen Stewart says of the sale. He says he plans to take more time off and look at other business opportunities. “I’m not retiring,” he emphasizes, but does say he’s looking forward to spending more time travelling with his family. Glen says he chose to sell to Walker because of its values and ethics. “They are a reputable company,” he says. “They’re good to deal with and can make decisions.”

Walker Aggregates is a division of Walker Industries, a fifth-generation family business based in Niagara Falls, Ontario, with a strong commitment to the community, the environment and the safety of its employees. It owns and operates quarries and pits in the Niagara Region, Simcoe County and Essex County.