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British Columbia’s top construction contractors were honoured at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s 24th annual Awards of Excellence gala last month in Vancouver and a Nanaimo company took the top award for electrical work.

F & M Installations Ltd., a Nanaimo-based construction contractor, took home the Gold Award for Electrical Contractor over $2 million.

The company won for its work on the B.C. Hydro GMS Units 6-8 Capacity Increase project in Hudson’s Hope.

The association’s Gold Awards went to 13 winners for their use of special techniques and procedures, new materials and additional artistic or innovative features on their projects.


Two of the oldest, independent travel agencies in Nanaimo merged in October.

Nanaimo Travel Bureau, established in 1953 and Around the World Travel Service, established in 1959, will merge into a single operation.

The entire Nanaimo Travel staff – Louise Lehrke, Elizabeth Fischer and Gena Schlitz – will all be located in the new office, and clients are encouraged to continue travel arrangements with their same travel agent of choice, unchanged in all respects. This will be a seamless change.

The consolidated company will have greater strength and a much larger volume to better offer competitive prices and quality service.

The company will be located at 163 Commercial St.


Nanaimo’s ABC Precast and Ready Mix won an innovation award from the B.C. Concrete Ready Mix Association.

The company delivers precast concrete from one end of Vancouver Island to the other via a fleet of concrete trucks.

The addition of an eye-wash station in those trucks is what earned the company the recognition.


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