Strongco Corp., one of Canada’s largest equipment dealers and a major rental player, has signed a contract to purchase six acres of land in Fort McMurray, Alberta, to build a 23,000-square-foot facility to strengthen its presence in energy-rich northern Alberta.
Construction is planned to begin in August, to be completed in February 2013. Finalization of the land purchase is subject to customary due diligence. The new facility will carry Strongco’s full line of products from Volvo Construction Equipment, as well as Manitowoc, National and Grove crane products and others.
“This is the second step of our strategy to strengthen Strongco’s presence in Alberta and to position the company to build market share in the oil and gas sector,” said Bob Dryburgh, president and CEO of Strongco. “The first step was construction of a new branch in Edmonton, announced in 2011. Strongco will relocate its regional Volvo operations into that new facility this month and begin the upgrade of its existing Edmonton crane facility. The continuing strength of this market, combined with major capital commitments for further expansion of the energy sector, give us the confidence to put in place the infrastructure to support our planned growth in this region.”
Strongco has 25 branches in Canada and five in the United States. Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Strongco is No. 67 on the RER 100.