Our History
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Proven Partners Since 1956

over 60 years of growth in service and excellence

Our History

In 1956 Merle Derochie and Jim Park started up a commercial painting firm in Calgary; shortly thereafter Merle recognized the opportunities in Industrial Field Coatings which soon became Park Derochie’s primary focus. In 1973, Park Derochie added Industrial Fireproofing to their services and became a name the industry looked to for their coatings and fireproofing requirements.

Under Merle’s stewardship and with the addition of Jeff Granberg in 1997 and Mark Walker in 1999 Park Derochie expanded into metalizing, shop coatings, as well as stick-built shop fireproofing, and with the addition of our shop/office facilities in Ft. McMurray, Saskatchewan, and B.C., Park Derochie has grown to be the largest shop / field coatings and fireproofing company in Canada.

Driven by fulfilling client needs Park Derochie expanded into Mechanical Insulation in 2005 and Scaffolding & Containment in 2010.  Recent expansion includes PD Management & Services Inc. and PD Properties & Rentals Inc., which has the largest inventory of field equipment in the industry (approximately 2 to 3 times the amount of its nearest competitor).

It’s a classic business success story. Organic growth, built on a reputation of honesty and integrity; growing at a sensible and sustainable pace, spotting opportunities along the way and driven by fulfilling client needs.

Park Derochie has been recognized by the Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings (JPCL) as one of the Top 10 Contractors; ranked No. 4 in North America, and No.1 in Canada. Park Derochie is committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of the end user. To this end, the company employs a full-time IT staff of six and strives to lead the industry in all levels of reporting and documentation by devoting considerable time and resources to developing unique and sophisticated systems.  While most companies work with purchased software packages that have limitations, Park Derochie’s software development team has the ability to customize its proprietary software to meet the reporting requirements of the client.

One such development is a ‘Time & Billing’ system that provides clients with daily Labour, Equipment & Material (LEM) reports. An extended version of the LEM’s can be simultaneously emailed to the client to provide running cost values as often as the client wishes. Another is a sophisticated piece-tracking database which was the first of its kind in the industry, it facilitates tracking and coordination of individual piece marks using barcodes and scanners, and enables clients to conduct status and shipping inquiries with a web-based interface.

As these features developed, so did the company’s internal culture which grew on close attention to safety, quality control (QC) and award winning community involvement. Park Derochie has developed a strong reputation for safety with the highest rated safety program for coatings contractors. We are proud to be industry leaders and our safety record confirms this. Our WCB experience ratio is consistently lower than the industry average and we continue to be the recipient of numerous Client / Industry recognition awards.

Providing uncompromising, quality workmanship to our clients is a strong component within our core principles of business ethics. Park Derochie adheres to the stringent standards set out by The Society of Protective Coatings (SSPC). Park Derochie is SSPC Certified for QP1, QP2, QP3 and QP6, and is currently the only Canadian company to hold this combination of certifications. Guided by SSPC and ISO 9001-2000, our Quality Management System is designed to meet the specific requirements of the client.

It has always been a strong belief that investing in our community is as important as investing (and indeed is another way to invest) in the people within the company. Park Derochie contributes regularly to numerous sectors including school programs, youth sports, health foundations, charities and community programs. These have recently included $50,000 to the Saskatoon Children’s Hospital and $24,000 to The Brick Sports Central. We firmly believe that supporting Health, Wellness and Education builds stronger, healthier individuals who in turn ‘pay it forward’, creating stronger communities.

Park Derochie was built on the principles of strong work ethic, commitment to customer satisfaction, developing a skilled, dedicated workforce and a belief that Loyalty begets Loyalty. Those principles hold true today and will continue to build and lead the company forward.


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