Company History


McCaw’s Drilling & Blasting Ltd.McCaw’s Drilling & Blasting Ltd. was incorporated in March, 1977 by Terry and Irwin McCaw. They initially purchased a used air track and compressor and combined some contract work and employment at whatever jobs were available.

During the next few years a number of highway projects took place in Alberta. A considerable amount of work was done for Ledcor Industries. In the early 1980’s, the Company did a number of marine crossings and some pipeline work as well as working on the Coquihalla Highway.

In 1984, an opportunity arose to get back into the rock and soil anchor business. An alliance was formed with a German company to import overburden anchor drills. Several major projects were done on the Nipiwan Hydro Dam and the railway twinning in the Rogers Pass.

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the company completed the piling in permafrost in the Eastern Arctic. This was for the replacement of the DEW line. As well, operations were set up in Yellowknife to service the water and sewer, quarry, land development and road building industry. Shortly thereafter, a decision was made to set up a Company in Yellowknife with permanent base.  This company was run by the late Joe McCaw and with his untimely death southern operations were assumed by Terry McCaw and northern operations were owned by Irwin McCaw and Cliff Friesen under NWT Rock Services Ltd.  This company was ultimately sold to a competitor.  An invitation to get involved in the first diamond mine in Nunavut attracted McCaws Drilling back to the north country in 2005 and since then an expansion has been made through McCaw North Drilling & Blasting Ltd.  This company is owned in partnership between Terry and Devon McCaw, Terry’s youngest son.

In the over 30 years of operations the company has utilized its resources to modernize its fleet of drills. The company continues to replace and upgrade its vehicles and equipment.
McCaw’s management is responsible for providing strong leadership in safety; this leadership includes identification of existing and potential work hazards, provision and maintenance of protective equipment and development of training programs.

All McCaw’s employees and subcontractors are responsible for taking work hazards seriously and protecting themselves and each other from danger. They are expected to adhere to management safety directives; use protective equipment provided and take advantage of training opportunities whenever the are offered. Visitors must also comply with company safety policies, rules and regulations.

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Box 2250, 4228 - 47th Ave
Rocky Mountain House
Alberta, Canada, T4T 1B6

Telephone: 403.845.3101
Fax: 403.845.6410

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