Clow Darling Limited is the largest full-service mechanical contractor in North Western Ontario. They are locally owned and based in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and have been a part of the Alcumus family since 2014! We caught up with them to find out a bit more about their business, what sets them apart, and why Health & Safety is so important in their line of work.
Alcumus: Tell us about your business; what does your company do? How long have you been in business?
Clow Darling Limited: We started our journey in 1937, making this our 84th year in business. We are a full-service mechanical contracting firm. We offer residential, commercial, industrial, mobile HVAC, and building control services. Our Residential services include; air conditioning, heating and boilers, ductwork cleaning, and plumbing. Our Commercial services include; HVAC, hydronics, AC/refrigeration, radiant in-floor heating, and plumbing. Our industrial services include vessels, millwrighting, piping, and industrial design. Our mobile HVAC services (AKA automotive services) include; AC service, heating, automotive and truck, and transport refrigeration repair. We also offer building control services through a partnership with Distech Controls.
Alcumus: Is there a particular time of year that’s busiest for you? Why or why not?
Clow Darling Limited: We are busiest in the fall months as most folks are updating their heating before the cold winter sets in. New furnaces are required, and people are turning on their furnaces for the first time in several months only to find out they don’t run properly.
Alcumus: Why is health and safety important in your line of work?
Clow Darling Limited: Construction is a dangerous business with various hazards encountered daily. By putting a priority on Health and Safety, we have seen a terrific return in quality and production by safeguarding our most important assets, our people. An accident does not just slow down production; morale goes down, retraining another worker is time-consuming and costly. Working safe and ensuring all our employees go home to their families at the end of the day, has generated a fantastic return to our organization.
Alcumus: Why was it important for your company to pursue a ContractorCheck accreditation, and what value does it hold for you?
Clow Darling Limited: Partnering with the Alcumus contractor management solution has allowed us to upload our various training records and certificates easily and quickly. By allowing our customers access to our information, it has created a transparent window into our safety standards. Customers know that our information has been vetted by a non-biased third party and should give them the peace of mind to know they have hired a responsible contractor with a priority placed on safety.
Alcumus: How has health and safety changed since your company was founded?
Clow Darling Limited: Health & Safety is not just a small part of Construction today. H&S is an important aspect of every part of the job. Taking the time to conduct hazard assessments and reduce risk factors is now a normal part of the job. We have an excellent workforce, and it’s important for us to take the necessary precautions to ensure we don’t lose good people to injury or illness.
Alcumus: Are there any company accomplishments or announcements you’d like to share?
Clow Darling Limited: Clow Darling is very excited to offer Building Control services. We have partnered with Distech Controls to offer building controls for your office or building. With the Distech line, you have the capability of controlling the temperature in the room, the blinds, and the lights all from your Smartphone. It is a very powerful technology that we can tie into our heating and cooling equipment.