TS&M Supply has started work on a new 60,000 square foot building that will be home to their head office, a distribution centre and more.
"This building was needed about eight or nine years ago, due to the growth of our business and our shortage of space," said regional/branch manager Dan Pratt. "We're just growing so much. The company has grown, not just in Estevan, but elsewhere. We are the inventory hub for other branches, and we facilitate their inventory needs from Estevan."
Their fiberglass division, repair shop, general oilfield supply division, Estevan Fire and Safety division and administration office will all be located in the new building.
The new building won't result in an influx of staff members. Rather, it will enable TS&M to operate more efficiently with the same number of employees, Pratt said.
Their current main office building has been renovated seven times, and he says that TS&M has reached a point where another addition isn't feasible.
"We needed to construct a new facility, one that's brighter, cleaner and safer for more employees, and more efficient to operate out of," said Pratt. "It's going to be a far more modern facility, and allow us to do what we do as best that we can."
Construction is expected to take 12 to 14 months. The final design is basically done, Pratt said, the pilings are being drilled now, and they're acquiring the necessary permits. They will have to mitigate water concerns at the property.
Once the new building is finished, their current head office structure, which has about 30,000 square feet, will be demolished and replaced by a pipe yard.
Their other building, a 12,000 square foot structure at the south end of their property, will be retained.
Pratt said that TS&M's employees have been very patient in the last number of years, and have done their jobs to the best of their abilities amid the space restrictions. He is already looking forward to the building's completion, and the difference that it will make for the staff.