On April 3rd, 2016, Barkman co-founder Peter Barkman passed away. He will be deeply missed by both Barkman employees past and present and surviving family members.
How wonderful it is that before his passing he was honoured by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters of Canada (CME) organization with the Pioneer Award, which celebrates people who began a manufacturing business in Manitoba and nurtured it into a successful company.
Here is a short video highlighting Peter’s work and life at Barkman Concrete developed by CME:
“Alongside brothers Arnold and Edwin, Peter Barkman established Barkman Concrete Ltd in 1948. Although originally specializing in plumbing and heating, growing demand for concrete septic tanks led the Barkmans to expand into the concrete business. Today, Barkman numbers among the leading manufacturers of precast concrete products in North America, guided by Peter’s founding values of quality, integrity, loyalty and innovation. The company employs roughly 250 seasonal and full-time employees.
Over the decades, Barkman’s growth can be attributed to its pursuit of new products and innovative technologies. In the 1970’s, Barkman expanded into precast concrete paving and landscaping products, followed by an investment in German equipment to produce interlocking paving stones and residential steps in the latter half of the decade.
Peter Barkman’s most enduring legacy is his commitment to excellence through product quality and customer satisfaction. Every product is guaranteed to meet or exceed the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards. The company uses only superior grade materials and employs stringent quality control measures throughout the manufacturing process to ensure a quality product every time and are protected by guarantee.
Barkman Concrete continues to innovate, in line with a company focus on community and environmental stewardship.”
Peter’s obituary can be found on the Winnipeg Free Press website.