It should be no surprise to anyone that at Northern Mat & Bridge (NMB) we physically build bridges. Being that December is the month that bridges one year to the next; we thought it would be fun and appropriate to do a Twitter campaign called #WeBuildBridges. Over the next 31 days, we will be posting pictures of bridges that have been sent in from our employees.
We would like to invite everyone to join our campaign by posting photos of bridges that you have taken and hash tagging the phrase #WeBuildBridges. Don’t forget to tag us @NorthMatBridge.
We all know what a bridge is, but rarely do we take the time to think about its actual meaning. By definition: “a bridge is a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle.” Metaphorically speaking, we think this definition has significant meaning when we look back at the challenges which 2015 presented, especially within the oil & gas industry.
Over the course of the year, we used these challenges as an opportunity to strengthen old relationships and build new bridges, in a figurative sense. Here is a quick glance at some of the connections we’ve made in 2015:
Security cameras and sensors were installed through our Rycroft mat manufacturing facility; directly resulting in more efficient manufacturing of our three-ply fir and hybrid access mats.
Started the sixth annual Safety Stand Down conferences: three days of training where NMB personnel learn skills such as: importance of leadership, communication and working together as a team.
Launched a division of NMB called Northern Environmental Access Services (NEAS) and signed contract for emergency access response with a large Canadian company.
Invited NMB employee families to our onsite training yard in Clairmont (Grande Prairie, AB) so that they could experience a small piece of their world. After a safety orientation, we showed them the ins and outs of how to safely work with access mats and bridges.
Held show-and-tell meetings for many energy industry key players in preparation for the launch our state-of-the-art mat washing machine.
Held a charity sporting clay tournament and raised over $135,000 for local charities: United Way Alberta Northwest and Rock 97.7’s Kev’s Kids.
NEAS signed a contract with a key player in the energy industry and washed over 5,000 access mats using our state-of-the-art mat washing machine: The Matador.
Purchased a new access mat manufacturing facility in Creston, British Columbia, allowing us to double our manufacturing capabilities of high quality three-ply wooden access mats.
In our continuous effort to strengthen Aboriginal relationships we partnered with Sucker Creek First Nation in a joint business venture.
Participated in Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training taught by an Elder from one of our joint venture partnerships.
We look forward to the many new connections and opportunities to come in 2016. And if your construction project needs a bridge, don’t forget, #WeBuildBridges!