Williams Lake Indian Band and Lake Excavating Ltd. announced Friday they have entered into a joint venture to pursue potential construction opportunities in the Cariboo and beyond.
“We’re extremely excited about this new partnership,” Chief Ann Louie of the Williams Lake Indian Band said. “We have agreements with Mount Polley and Gibraltar Mines, as well as a number of exploration companies, and we’re currently in discussions with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure regarding the four-laning of Highway 97 through IR#1. We really want to capitalize on the opportunities that are out there, create employment for our membership, and make sure that the money spent on projects in the Cariboo stays in the Cariboo.”
Established in Williams Lake in 1964, Lake Excavating Ltd. is now one of Western Canada’s leading earthworks and infrastructure contractors. Operating out of Williams Lake for 50 years, Lake Excavating Ltd. also has offices in Vancouver and Whitecourt, Alta. Lake Excavating Ltd. has worked on numerous projects in the Williams Lake area, including the Wal-Mart site and various major projects at both Gibraltar and Mt. Polley mines.
“After doing business in Williams Lake for 50 years, we’re honoured and excited to be partnered with the Williams Lake Indian Band to develop new opportunities within the Cariboo,” said Trevor Seibert, chief executive officer of Lake Excavating Ltd. “Our business partnership confirms our commitment to work together for the benefit of WLIB members and to continue contributing to the local economy.”
The WLIB/Lake Excavating Ltd. partnership is currently completing a project at Gibraltar Mine and is actively pursuing other opportunities in the area.
Williams Lake Indian Band also announced in late 2013 that it had received a commitment from the government of Canada to fund its Coyote Rock Infrastructure Project.
The $5 million Coyote Rock Infrastructure Project will see the development of a multi-use subdivision wrapped around WLIB’s Coyote Rock Golf Course. The initial phase of construction will create 28 residential and 11 commercial lots, and the two-year construction program will commence in 2014.