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Barkman among country’s best

By: Dave Baxter

Posted: 03/22/2018 9:26 AM

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Barkman general manager Brian Pries, at left, and a number of Barkman employees hold up a banner signifying the company’s status as one of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2018.

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Barkman general manager Brian Pries, at left, and a number of Barkman employees hold up a banner signifying the company’s status as one of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2018.

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A long-running Steinbach company will celebrate 70 years in business this year, but recently found out they will also be celebrating another major milestone in 2018.

Barkman Concrete which is located on Brandt Street in Steinbach and employs approximately 250 employees was recently named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2018.

"This is a big honour and an important honour," Barkman general manager Brian Pries said. "It’s something we can use recruiting-wise to continue to build our company culture and to help recruit future employees.

"And it’s a great thing for our customers to see and know that they are dealing with a strong company that is looking after their employees and working to follow certain practices."

Pries said Barkman originally started out as a hardware and plumbing store on Main Street in Steinbach back in 1948, and over the years the business has evolved into what it is today.

"The Barkman family has owned the business from the start," Pries said. "The business was started by Peter Barkman and his two brothers as a hardware store.

"Not long after getting started they got into concrete work and over the years the concrete side of the business just grew to the point where it just took over the business."

Pries added another sense of pride for the business is their long-running family ownership.

He added a number of factors were considered that led to Barkman receiving the award.

"They are looking at some key things," Pries said. "They are looking at strategy and capability to carry out that strategy. They are looking at company culture, involvement in the community as well as financial strength."

Pries said above all else he wants the award to show that Barkman is a place where people want to work.

"One of our goals is to be one of the employers of choice in this community," he said. "We want to create careers that people want to be in."

A number of members of the Barkman executive team will head to Toronto later this year to attend a Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala, where they will be presented with the award.

 

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