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Oldest North American insulation contractor evolves to offer diversity of construction industry services

Special to Atlantic Construction News – Canadian Design and Construction Report

Guilfords, North America’s oldest insulation contractor, opened as a family-owned business in 1906. The business grew and expanded through decades of history and change with additional services and resources.

While the now-diversified enterprise evolved to become an Atlantic-Canada-based partnership in 2000, the Guilfords Group of Companies continues to operate within the framework of family and client-commitment. It is preparing to expand its operations to new and growing markets.

Ryan-Doucet-Brad-Calder-E“Guildfords has a long and proud history in Maritime Canada, ” said Business development manager Greg Brown. “Over the years we have added different specialty niches to increase our range of services and now what makes sense is to take our expertise into new markets. Our goal is to continue to grow and diversify.”

With offices in St. John’s, Sydney, Halifax, Port Hawkesbury area, Moncton and Saint John, Guildfords has a strong Atlantic presence but Brown says the company is already doing work in other Canadian markets and will focus more energy on bidding on projects on a national and international basis.

Guildfords Group of CompaniesBrown says with a work force of 200 employees, Guildfords is well positioned for future growth, but in its own way. “We are lucky to have good people working with us, people who know our way of doing business, ” he said. “We have very little turnover in our staff. We have employees who have been with the company more than 40 years and several more who have been with us for more than 25 years. That means there is a strong sense of history in the company, and a strong sense of family that has been here since the beginning.”

Besides common ownership, Brown says a commonality to all of the Guildfords Group’s companies is quality and a commitment to safety and customer service.

Guildfords-GroupThe companies include:


North America’s oldest and Atlantic Canada’s largest insulation contractor provides thermal, fire and acoustical insulation services to the commercial, marine and offshore sectors of Atlantic Canada.

Guild Contracting Specialists

Guild Contracting Specialists provides services including asbestos and lead abatement, mould and fungicidal remediation, firestopping and penetration seals, structural steel fireproofing, spray-applied polyurethane foam and special coatings applications.

Dover Insulation Contractors

Focused in New Brunswick, Dover Insulation Contractors and Dover Specialties provide insulation contracting and asbestos abatement, core drilling, fire stopping, spray applied fireproofing, and polyurethane foam services and infectious control management services in New Brunswick.

Atlantic Flushing and Testing Inc.

Atlantic Flushing specializes in pressure testing, cleaning and flushing of piping systems in the commercial, industrial, marine and offshore sectors to improve performance and maintain safety and cleanliness for systems. Other services include alongside ship repair and structural steel fabrication.

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