St. Catharines contractor recognized for community contributions as its CEO recalls challenging and rewarding year
GTA Construction Report special feature
Topping up a highly successful and challenging year, Rankin Construction has been awarded the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year award in this year’s Niagara Business Achievement Awards.
Rankin CEO Tom Rankin says the past year has been one of the most challenging in his career but also the most rewarding. Rankin faced and won four lawsuits and environmental hearings related to two wind farms for which the company shares 50 per cent ownership. Both wind farms are now up and running. “We completed the $45 million Meridian Centre which is a stunning building for both sports and entertainment, I celebrated my fiftieth wedding anniversary with my wife Beth and we were presented with the Business of the Year Award.”
Rankin has also been bestowed with the keys to the city for the two bridges the company donated to provide access to the downtown Meridian Centre.
He says the impact of the Meridian Centre on the core is already evident in the events taking place and the impact of visitors for the businesses in the area. He gives credit to Ball Construction, Rankin’s partner on the project, for their contribution and commitment to its success.
Rankin said he is proud of the company’s decision to donate bridges to the Meridian Centre project, which he indicates reflects its culture and values. “We hear great stories all the time about our staff giving food to homeless people, stopping work along a roadside to take off their hats and show respect when a funeral procession passes,” Rankin said.
He says the compliments the company receives for the community contributions and craftsmanship displayed over the past 36 years means a lot. Rankin’s son and daughter are currently president and vice-president of the company and he has four long-term staff who have also been recognized for their efforts with vice-president positions.
“For all of us being part of the community and a family together are important. We hope it shows in what we do and in how we do it and it’s wonderful to be recognized because it proves that it does.”
The Business of the Year category recognizes a business that has excelled and exceeded expectations and includes community involvement, the growth of the business, and an indelible impression upon the community.