Written by Kristin Bateman Published on December 7th, 2022
As a Canadian family-owned company, Barkman is proud and excited to announce the next major milestone in the company’s history. The new hardscapes production facility in Merritt, British Columbia is completed and fully operational. This investment in Barkman’s Western Canadian market represents Barkman’s long-term commitment to its customers in the form of expanded capacity, high-quality products and broadened distribution.
What started as a small hardware store that went on to produce concrete septic tanks in Steinbach, Manitoba, has grown into a company that produces a diverse line of precast concrete products with over 200 employees across four locations in Western Canada. Barkman’s vision is “to become the brand of choice in North America through innovative concrete products” and through nearly seventy-five years of experience, has laid the foundation for a sustainable future.
The state-of-the-art production facility also represents Barkman’s commitment to the relationship it will develop with the community of Merritt, BC. “We look forward to entering into and building strong relationships with the members of the Merritt Business Community,” says President Brian Pries.
Barkman is thankful for the loyalty and commitment of its customers that have allowed us to grow. Because of the stability of the hardscapes industry in Western Canada, Barkman is able to sustainably expand production and distribution capabilities. CEO, Alan Barkman says, “We are excited to start this new journey as we invest in our future and we look forward to the many opportunities that opening our fourth location in Merritt, BC will provide.”
The 40,000 square foot plant is equipped with advanced automated production technology which will increase Barkman’s overall capacity. Sitting on a 20-acre parcel of land, Barkman’s Merritt location will also act as a distribution centre for Western Canada.
You can watch CEO Alan Barkman talk more about the beginnings of Barkman Concrete and the Merritt facility here.