Bruce Power suppliers continue to move into region

Kelly Powers, President, Power at Williams Industrial Services Group (WISG), cuts the ribbon to officially open the company’s new offices in Port Elgin. Powers is surrounded by representatives of WISG, the Town of Saugeen Shores, and from Bruce Power, President and CEO Mike Rencheck (left), and Eric Chassard, Executive Vice-President, Projects and Engineering (second from left)

Bruce Power suppliers continue to move into the area in preparation for the Major Component Replacement (MCR) project that will take place over the next approximately 40 years.

Williams Industrial Services Group (WISG) is the 59th Bruce Power supplier to move into the region.  A U.S. based company, it opened its first offices in Canada in Port Elgin (Saugeen Shores).  It opened not only one office but three in Saugeen Shores and, on January 23rd, held the official ribbon cutting for its new location on Goderich Street.

Deputy Mayor, Don Matheson, welcomed the company on behalf of the Mayor and Council saying that ” … Saugeen Shores is quickly becoming known as a hub for innovation and a  centre of excellence when it comes to the carbon neutral nuclear industry.”

Williams’ President, Kelly Powers, said that the company wanted a closer accessibility to the Bruce Power site and, therefore,  decided to open the Canadian location.

Williams Industrial Services Group (WISG) was founded in 1958 by Mercer Williams and has evolved into a multi-industry, multi-discipline industrial services company.

Today, WISG is a leading provider of construction, maintenance, and specialty services to the Oil & Gas, Power Generation and other heavy industrial markets.

WISG Canada, Ltd. (“Williams Canada”), was awarded a one-year, $40 million contract to manage project controls for Bruce Power in Ontario, Canada.

Williams Canada will provide turn-key project controls services to Bruce Power, ensuring accurate internal reporting for Bruce Power’s most important programs and projects, including approximately C$13 billion in capital investments for the refurbishments and upgrades to extend the life of six nuclear reactors. Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program, which started in 2016, will enable the electricity supplier to operate safely through 2064, while creating 22,000 direct and indirect jobs annually. Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) project has begun with Unit 6.

Bruce Power President and CEO, Mike Rencheck, said that the region is becoming what will be a nuclear hub for the deep de-carbonization that nuclear power provides.