Business Profile: Propak Systems

Propak, Airdrie’s largest employer, celebrates 45 years

Propak is celebrating over 45 years of manufacturing energy processing solutions.

From its humble beginnings in a small bay in Northeast Calgary, Propak expanded to its first Airdrie location at 505 East Lake Boulevard in 1977. Pat Dewey, Vice President of Engineering, joined the company in 1980 when about 100 employees filled the lone building on the East side of Highway 2.

 

 

“It's been very important to me to see what's happened with the growth of our organization and the growth of Airdrie,” said Dewey.

Propak is one of Canada’s largest manufacturers of energy processing equipment, modules and plants. The turnkey engineering, design and manufacturing firm has expanded to over 1,100 employees, the majority of whom work in eight manufacturing and office facilities in Airdrie. The remainder of the employees provide field services, sales and construction support for Propak’s projects around the globe.

 

 

Propak has weathered plenty of economic storms before and with the cooperation of their employees, successfully implemented the necessary health protocols to maintain a safe and efficient work environment through the pandemic. Dewey said Propak has been fortunate to maintain a relatively stable workload, despite uncertainty when oil prices dropped to negative numbers in early 2020 with most clients resuming projects after a few months.

Dewey attributes the business’ success to its employees. “Steady growth and diversifying product offerings have been constant goals for Propak,” said Dewey. “Our ability to compete globally has been a critical factor over the years.”

He said the company aims to be a good corporate citizen, sponsoring events like the Airdrie Festival of Lights and various local sports teams.

 

 

“We're optimistic for the future”, said Dewey. “We've been able to grow steadily throughout the industry’s ups and downs over the last 45 years, which has provided opportunities for people here in Airdrie and the surrounding area.”

To learn more about Propak Systems, visit their website.

Story and photography by Britton Ledingham