Canadian Erectors Limited, Canerector’s predecessor company, was founded in 1947. Our original partners were members of a field crew when their employer decided to exit the market. They offered this team the tools, stamped “C E”, and the name Canadian Erectors was chosen out of practicality to avoid re-marking the tools.
These men, having attended the “school of hard knocks,” matured with the business. They risked everything and treated the company with care. They thought long term; the company’s needs came first.
Eventually, Stan Hawkins emerged as the leader of the business. When the partners wanted to retire and exit the business, Stan enlisted his son Cecil, and they became sole owners. A family business was born.
Canadian Erectors was invigorated and began to expand through acquisition. The company quickly evolved to a geographically disperse enterprise with many operations.
A new model was necessary, and we developed the fundamental principles we follow today. These varied businesses required flexibility, empowerment and stability.
The business is in its third generation of Hawkins ownership, though our core tenets remain the same. Following Stan’s example, Canerector’s strategy has been to continually nurture the businesses by reinvesting our earnings in growth, while adapting to change, learning from experiences and reflecting on how we operate.