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After 64 years, AMECO says it is the world’s leader in integrated mobile equipment and tool solutions. Based in Greenville, S.C., the company serves construction, mining, government and industrial clients worldwide. “And we do it by bringing top-tier people, practices and assets together – reducing [the customer’s] total cost and providing [them] with the best customer experience possible,” it says.
AMECO says it started operations in 1947 as a portion of Daniel Construction, a regional construction firm and general contractor. But, 30 years later, Fluor Corp. acquired AMECO and by 1989, the operations of both firms had grown to have a global reach. “Today, AMECO delivers integrated equipment and tool solutions to industries around the world,” it says.
Its operations include AMECO Canada, which was established in Edmonton in 1991. Since then, it has become a premier site services provider and fleet/tool management outsourcer. “Our capability ranges from small tools and consumables for craft workers to general construction equipment, including hydraulic and crawler cranes,” AMECO Canada says.
AMECO’s offerings include construction site services that meet the clients’ needs from the earliest stages of project development, it says. This helps its clients “increase productivity, reduce costs and duplication, standardize equipment and tools, and finish on time and under budget,” it says.
“With our one-stop turnkey program, there’s only one place to go for all of [the client’s] needs, whether [it is] equipment or tools, training, maintenance or essential common services,” AMECO says. “Our process gives [clients] a single point of contact and the strength to meet every site services need.”
AMECO provides services “anywhere in the world – from a remote Pacific island to the Andes, from oil-rich Alberta to the open Texas plains,” it says. “Our global reach is complemented by strong regional locations and the flexible, customized service [clients] need to keep [their] site running smoothly and successfully.”
Its fleet services are just as flexible. “Designed to optimize [the customer’s] entire fleet of mobile equipment, our fleet services [enhance their] service delivery and fleet operations by streamlining [their] fleet size and improving utilization, operational performance and service levels,” AMECO says.
“By transferring fleet ownership and operational risk to our mobile equipment specialists, [the client’s] internal costs are reduced while safety and efficiency are enhanced,” AMECO says. The company has more than 60 years of experience in providing fleet management services throughout the world. “From government to mining, construction to oil and gas, metals and power to telecommunications and product distribution, we bring a unique solution for every facility.”
AMECO also maintains a high safety rate. “To date, we have surpassed 35 million consecutive safe work hours without a lost-time injury,” the firm says. The National Safety Council has honored it for five consecutive years with the Industry Leader Award for best safety performance.
“Our achievements in safety performance are just some of the visible evidence of AMECO’s ongoing commitment to a superior safety culture, driven by outstanding safety principles,” AMECO says. “Even more impressive is the fact that our safety records have been achieved in notoriously challenging work environments where heavy construction equipment and tools are part of normal operation, maintenance and repair.”
AMECO’s projects in Canada have included the Athabasca Oil Sands Downstream Project (AOSP), for Shell Canada Ltd., Chevron Canada Resources and Western Oil Sands. The ASOP consisted of the construction of the Scotford Upgrader facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the Muskeg River Mine facility in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which were designed to produce 155,000 barrels of synthetic crude oil daily.
Construction on the facilities started in 1999, and AMECO provided maintenance services, tools, supplies, consumables, construction site services management and scaffolding. “Because the AOSP was located 30 kilometers east of Edmonton, the closest supply source was one hour away,” AMECO says.
During the project’s construction, AMECO proved it can cope with hard weather conditions. “Although the weather was not severe in the summer, the winter weather conditions could range from 32F [to] -40F, which made start-up and daily operation challenging at all times,” AMECO says.
By the end of the project, “AMECO had supplied, managed and maintained more than 3,400 pieces of construction equipment, including 158 cranes ranging from eight to 400 tons for five primary contractors, including Fluor, Bechtel, Colt, Parsons [and] VECO, as well as multiple subcontractors,” it says. “The project [also] realized $8 million in cost savings from using AMECO services.”