Fort St. John entrepreneur opens new shipping port in Stewart

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Ted Pickell, the CEO and owner of Arctic Construction Limited of Fort St. John, is also now the CEO of the first commercial wharf built on the coast of BC in over three decades.

“I build things, I’m a contractor.  I’ve been building all my life for other companies, so we built this one for ourselves,” said Pickell.

Arctic Construction is a second generation company founded by the Pickell family in 1953 and is now one of the largest private construction companies in Northern BC.

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Its main office is in Fort St. John, but it has a second one in Whitehorse and now adds to its assets, this new world-class deep sea port at Stewart.

“We are truly opening Stewart to the world.  There is a huge opportunity, in many industries, not least of which is mining.  There is not a mine that doesn’t show Stewart as its port of export.  Now they have a fantastic option to do that.  In short it is a game changer for the region.” said Chief Development Officer, Brad Moffat.

The official grand opening of the Port was held last week, and Prince George/Peace River/Northern Rockies MLA, Bob Zimmer, and Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman were among those invited to participate, along with Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo, the Parliamentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan.

“10 to 15 full-time permanent jobs provided by the operation of the facility, is hugely important to a small community like Stewart.  The indirect jobs provided are going to be significant.  We are just happy to see this size of investment in B.C.”

As Canada’s most northerly ice-free port, with a favorable climate, light wind, and good anchorage, Stewart is ideally located at the end of the Portland Canal, which has no congestion issues.

Stewart also offers paved access to BC and Alberta and provides up to a full day advantage to Asian markets over southern ports.

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