Meet Pam and Dave, Talking Job Creation
For Pam Klein and David LeDrew, the contract Ramsay Machine Works signed November, 2011 with Neptune Terminals means jobs security.
Ramsay Machine Works is located in Sidney, BC. The company plans to double its workforce this year to build new loading equipment to handle the growing demand for coal exports at Neptune Terminals in North Vancouver.
That means more jobs and job security for people like Pam and David, who both work at Ramsay.
“Moving forward with…our lives”
“A contract like this means that for a couple of years we don’t have to worry about getting laid off or paying bills, so we can move forward with that aspect of our lives,” said David, a welder with the company. “Not just that,” he adds, “it takes a lot of stress away when you’re home so you can enjoy life a little more, too.”
Pam likes the idea that the contract will help Sidney’s economy and encourage young people who want to live and work in the area.
“This new contract with Neptune Terminals is a world-class project and we’re all really excited about working on that,” she said. “For us working here at Ramsay, it means work for a year or more and is going to be great for the local economy. That hopefully will inspire young men and women to want to work in the trades again.”
New trades jobs
The $20-million contract with Ramsay to build a new stacker-reclaimer is expected to generate between 20-25 new trades jobs at the company. Neptune said it chose the company because of its highly skilled staff and the quality and creative capabilities of BC’s work force.
Connection to the BC Jobs Plan
- The BC Jobs Plan is about building our world-class transportation infrastructure to get our goods and services to market and expand and create more opportunities for businesses and more jobs around the province.
- The Province released The Pacific Gateway Transportation Strategy: 2012-2020 on April 2, 2012.
- $60-million Neptune investment means jobs in Sidney [News release and video]
- Neptune Terminals has invested $20-million in a contract awarded to EMS-Tech, a Belleville, Ontario-based company. The Ramsay Machine Works contract is part of this contract and all work will be done in British Columbia.
- Neptune Terminals has invested $75 million in its North Vancouver terminal over the past two years.