Apr 22, 2022

March 2022 Update

March was a month of building momentum. Here is what we had on the go:

Shop Update

Take a two minute walk though our shops to see just a snapshot of what we were working on throughout the month:

Safety Topic

Did you know that JNE Welding has shifts working around the clock? With that said, “Fatigue in the Workplace” is a topic that needs to be taken very seriously.

Fatigue is a critical occupational safety concern, especially for shift workers. Off the job, being overtired creates a risk for anyone who undertakes an activity that requires concentration and quick response. Exhaustion is one of the most common health complaints for Canadian workers.

In this safety topic, we cover how sleep is as basic to survival as food and water, the circadian clock, factors in the work environment that magnify the effects of sleep deprivation and how to fight fatigue.

For the full topic, click here.

March Project Updates

Skip & Cages

In our facility on 56th street we have been fabricating a new skip and cage for a uranium mine in Northern Saskatchewan.  The skip transports ore from the bottom of the mine shaft to the surface – like a very long, narrow bucket.  It is suspended from the hoist ropes, and when it reaches the surface, the bottom of the skip opens to discharge to a surface conveyor.  Over its life, it will move hundreds of tons of rock, so to protect the structure from wear, it is lined with Hardox wear plates that can be replaced if needed.

The cage is used to transport people and other equipment up and down the shaft.  To conserve energy the cage needs to be as light as possible, so aluminum material is used.  Welding aluminum is very different from steel, so we engaged Prairie West Fabricating & Welding to fabricate the aluminum parts for us.  Then all the aluminum and steel parts were assembled into the full cage at our facility.

Combined Cycle Power Station Stacks

In our Thatcher facility, we continued working on stacks for a combined cycle power station in Alberta.  The first section of the stack for Moose Jaw shipped to our coatings partner, Park Derochie, in March and will be followed by the other sections as they are completed in the shop.  Fabrications like these stacks are the reason we invested in the large B Shop 15 years ago – the headroom and lifting capacity allows us to maximize the fabrication size, reducing the amount of work required on site.  This helps our customers work productively and safely.

Reduction Facility Refurbishment

Our QuickFab team was engaged to refurbish material handling facilities in a reduction plant in Saskatoon.  This was a challenging project that required our senior fabricators to work with limited drawings in difficult conditions.  For example, Rob Graham fabricated this new stainless steel transition without drawings, just from measuring off of the old carbon steel part. Impressive!

We are extremely proud of the great work that Rob, George Douville and Brad Johanson put into this project.

Potash Mill Piping

The QuickFab team also fabricated several pipe spools for a potash facility near Saskatoon.  The long bends were fabricated out of pipe that was rolled to shape by a speciality sub-contractor in Calgary.  They are shown here finished and being hydrotest.  

Before they are painted, the spools are filled with water and pressurized to ensure there are no leaks.  Water is used for leak testing as it is less compressible, which makes it a safer option in the rare event there is a failure.  We connect as many pieces together as possible so that they can all be tested at the same time, while still being able to get air out of all the high points. Great work QuickFab team!

Great Plains Pressure Vessels

In our A shop on Thatcher, we’ve been fabricating three smaller pressure vessels which will become part of the new SaskPower Great Plains Power Station (currently being constructed by Burns & McDonnell) in Moose Jaw.  These vessels are part of the steam and condensate systems in the power station and require precise nozzle location and some exotic materials.  While they’re not that big, significant time and effort is required to ensure fit and alignment, followed by careful welding to avoid distortion from the heat.

Shop Tours

It is with great excitement that we have been able to re-open our doors and welcome special guests for shop tours again!

Breakfast with SSAB

Jonas Allebert, SSAB’s global wear specialist from Sweden, was in the province visiting several customers.  During the visit, he presented an advanced discussion on the production, application, and use of SSAB’s special steels including Hardox® and Strenx®.  Representatives from March Consulting, Kova Engineering, HD Engineering, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and Allnorth were treated to breakfast from Living Sky Café, a lively technical discussion and a tour of our facilities on Thatcher Avenue.

Are you interested in getting a first-hand look at what goes on behind the shop doors? Give us a call and we would be happy to book a time to tour you through our facilities!

Combined Strength Podcast

This was an exciting first for us!  Our team of talented hosts recorded and released the inaugural episode of The Combined Strength podcast (not without a few technical difficulties of course).

This podcast will keep you up to date on heavy industrial fabrication and construction news in the province: a little bit about what’s happening in our shops, Saskatchewan industry, and our communities.

On this episode, we were privileged to have guest speaker Eric Anderson of SIMSA provide an update on industry in Saskatchewan as well as an interview with one of JNE’s Project Managers, Dennis Perry for a deep dive on a recently completed project.

This podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Just search for Combined Strength Podcast on your favorite audio provider or follow the links below:



We had a blast recording this episode and we’d love to do it again! Have a listen while you are in the car or washing dishes and let us know what you think. Give us a rating or review on whichever platform you are listening from and with enough stars, we will be sure to bring you another informative and entertaining episode!

Employee Updates

We were joined by two new employees during the month of March. We asked them how their first couple of weeks have gone and this is what they had to say:

Brandon joined our Shipping & Receiving team in early March and has been training and working out of our 56th Street location. He said it has been awesome so far with a ton to learn. Brandon has two dogs; a Huskie and a Mini Dachshund (claims to be both a dog and a cat person). Brandon is excited about his upcoming wedding in August of 2023 (Congratulations!) and in his spare time enjoys going to the gym and playing slow pitch at the golf dome.

Welcome Brandon!

Greg also joined our drafting & detailing team and is currently working from home. Here is what he had to say about his first couple of weeks:

I’m really enjoying JNE Welding, and thankful for the opportunity to work here! The staff that I have met, and work with are all very helpful & you can tell they are great at their jobs! I feel like part of a team already!

Outside of work Greg enjoys watching movies or golfing, including snow golfing in the winter time. He belongs to the TGA (Tundra Golf Association), which he tells us is actually just a bunch of family & friends, all you need is a tennis ball, 1 wood & a 7 iron… and a park. Sounds like a bunch of fun!

Welcome Greg!

New Red Seal Journeyman Welder

Finally, we have to give a big congratulations and shout out to our newest Red Seal Journeyman Welder, Rylan! Rylan has spent the last handful of years honing his skills and has just completed his apprenticeship program with flying colours.

What a great achievement! Congratulations Rylan!

For more shop updates and information, visit our website at www.jnewelding.com

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