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Pioneer Construction earns nods for roadwork, community engagement

Sudbury company recognized by Ontario Road Builders Association (ORBA)
Pioneer Construction's Jason Eerola and Malcolm Croskery are shown receiving the Paver of the Year Award from Kathryn McGarry, Ontario's minister of transportation, at the 2018 Ontario Road Builders’ Association AGM. (Pioneer photo)

Pioneer Construction of Sudbury has earned a pair of awards from the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) for its roadwork and community engagement. ORBA handed out the awards during its 91st annual general meeting and gala held Feb. 5-6 in Toronto.

Pioneer received the MTO Provincial Paver of the Year Award for its work in Sioux Narrows. The award is presented annually to one provincial winner and three provincial finalists for excellence in hot mix paving. Projects are judged on a number of criteria such as smoothness, night paving, completion, workmanship and mix quality.

The company additionally received the Community Leadership Award for its work at Kivi Park.

Located in Sudbury’s South End, Kivi Park was established in 2016 on more than 300 acres of wilderness overlooking Long Lake. The park has become a destination for hikers, cross-country skiers, mountain bikers, and more.

Pioneer said it has donated hundreds hours of staff time to assist in building Kivi Park’s trail system, donated supplies and equipment, and helped with constructing the parking lots and basketball courts, extending the soccer field, and building the baseball diamond.

“We continue to support the park to this day both financially and physically as it continues to grow,” Pioneer said in a Facebook post.

“We have spent more than just time and money in the park; we have invested passion, sweat and a little bit of elbow grease to pull everything together and will continue to support the park in the future.”

Formed in 1927, ORBA is the voice of the road-building industry, representing the interests of contractors and goods and service providers, which employ more than 30,000 workers.