Ocean Concrete added a state-of-the-art 200+ meter per hour plant to its roster at its operating site in Surrey, BC. As part of Metro Vancouver operations, the plant will provide support to Ocean Concrete, Rempel Bros. Concrete, and Allied Ready Mix Concrete customers.
The site is the former qiqéyt fishing village for the Kwantlen and Musqueam people from as far as Nanaimo and Squamish, British Columbia and Lummi, Washington and has existed since time immemorial.
The areas of South Westminster and New Westminster were important meeting places for nations up and down the Fraser River and Vancouver Island. Fishing, fish processing, dwelling, trade, conflict and early settler contact all took place in and around qiqéyt in South Westminster.
In recognition of the site’s history, Ocean Concrete, a division of Lehigh Hanson Materials Limited funded the commissioning of drums at the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre by artist Brandon Gabriel, and a permanent sculpture at the entrance to the plant by artists Drew Atkins and Phyllis Atkins.
An art unveiling ceremony held on May 30, 2016 celebrated the history and significance of the First Nations community; the ceremony was a collaboration between the Kwantlen First Nation, the City of Surrey and Ocean Concrete. We appreciate the symbolism captured by the art that incorporates and meshes historical significance of the land with current land use. Read more in our 2016 Community Report.