Lloydminster, Weyburn – HSE Integrated has set up to new shops in recent months, one in Weyburn, and one in Lloydminster.
The Lloydminster facility is a new one for HSE Integrated, according to Tyler Tollefson, general manager for Western Canada HSE Integrated, who spoke to Pipeline News at the Weyburn oilman’s bonspiel on February 10.
While HSE integrated has locations throughout Western Canada, its Lloydminster coverage was handled out of Fort Saskatchewan, staying in hotels in Lloydminster as necessary. Their new facility opened officially on January 1, 2018. They moved into a brand-new 8000 square foot building on the one northwest corner. Right now there is a manager, dispatcher, and approximately 10 field staff working out of Lloydminster, but Tollefson adds that they are hiring daily. He expects staffing in Lloydminster to top out around 15 to 20 people.
“We’ve got a client in the area we do a lot of work for,” said Tollefson. He added the is stretching out into the North Battleford area. The company has worked with the client in the past.
“We’ve always looked at it, and we’ve had our foot in the door,” he said.
An important factor has been the availability of real estate in Lloydminster. Tollefson said that rent and lease prices have made a presence there more viable. He noted there is a lot of available real estate, and they chose a new facility.
There Lloydminster staff are currently looking after high angle rescue, H2S supervisors with air trailers, and safety watch. In this area they are not providing much in the way of mobile treatment centres sitting on lease.
Working in Lloydminster, the Border City, H2S requires staff that are registered to work in both provinces.
“We’ve had some people come over from other companies,” Tollefson said. He noted that some of HSE’s people working in other areas, but originally from Lloydminster region, have transferred to Lloyd.
Agency integrated has long had occasion in Weyburn, but they moved to a new facility on October 1, 2017. This facility is on the southeast corner of Weyburn, in a former agriculture dealership. The two buildings provide a total of approximately 10,000 square feet. Tollefson said it is working out well, with more exposure due to their highway location. In this case, he feels location definitely makes a difference. He noted that people have stopped by as a result, and the walk-in business has picked up a little bit.
“I think, long term, it will be a good choice,” Tollefson said.
“We’ve maintained a staff of about 40 people in Weyburn,” he said. The numbers have consistently been between 30 and 40 people in Weyburn. In this region mobile treatment centres are more common, with 10 to 12 rigs working each day. They also have 10 to 15 H2S supervisors going out per day. Much of the work is in the Torquay, North Portal and Viewfield areas, but they work all over the region.