A local company with a history of using local products is once again investing in its community, as Lethbridge-based D.A. Building Systems Ltd. has announced a $50,000 gift to Lethbridge College.
In business in Lethbridge for 36 years, D.A. Building Systems is owned and operated by Doug and Scott Grenier. The company is the only southern Alberta manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings to use entirely local products in its designs. The gift to Lethbridge College will create the D.A. Building Systems Ltd. classroom in phase two of the new trades and technologies facility, set to open in 2017.
“Lethbridge College adds value to both industry and our community by training the workers of tomorrow,” says Doug Grenier, co-owner of D.A. Building Systems. “The new, modern facility allows for greater efficiencies and exciting opportunities to train a greater number of students and offer new trades in the region.”
The gift continues a long partnership between the college and D.A. Building Systems, which included a $25,000 gift to the Tec 2000 Campaign in 1999, and on-going support of the Lethbridge College golf tournament and Clayton Allen Wine Auction. Many of the company’s welders and carpenters have completed their apprenticeship training at Lethbridge College, while D.A. Building Systems also hires employees from the college’s Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program.
“It is great to see the opportunities available to our students and apprentices right here in Lethbridge,” says Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns. “Like Lethbridge College, D.A. Building Systems takes pride in building the Lethbridge community and this gift is a clear indication of their commitment to our city, our college and our students.”
Once completed, the D.A. Building Systems Ltd. classroom will be located directly across from the welding shops in the trades and technologies facility. The company is keenly interested in supporting the training of welders, who are key to their business. And it is also pleased that the facility will be used by students in many skilled trades, as a show of support for the many different industries they work with in southern Alberta.
“The new facility will provide exposure for all the trades, technologists, students, instructors and community to see what each other is doing,” says Scott Grenier, co-owner of D.A. Building Systems. “And that mirrors the position of D.A. Building Systems, which services many different industries in southern Alberta. It’s important to support the trades as an excellent and rewarding career path for young people.”
D.A. Building Systems Ltd. specializes in agricultural, commercial and oilfield steel buildings as well as mechanical and pipe insulation for oilfield applications. The company was founded in 1980 by Doug Grenier and the late Del Allen and takes pride in giving back to the community.
The first phase of the new trades and technologies facility officially opened on Sep. 30, 2015. When completed in 2017, it will be the largest centre of its kind south of Calgary and will house students in multiple skilled trades and technology programs.