June 2015

A&H Steel Ltd. Growing in Partnership with Local 720 (Edmonton, Alberta) and Local 725 (Calgary, Alberta)

A&H Steel Ltd. began in the early 1950s as a small installation company named Western Reinforcing. In the 1960s, they started to fabricate reinforcing steel under the name Alsask Steel, which transformed the company through the 1970s and into the future, becoming A&H Steel today. A&H Steel Ltd. continues to excel in the industry currently employing over 80 union ironworkers working on various projects in the Edmonton area and throughout the province of Alberta.

General Manager Marvin Olansky, who has spent the last 39 years working for the company, joined Local 720 in the late 1970s and remained a union member until he entered into the management role.

Olansky states, “A&H Steel’s success comes directly from the commitment to apprenticeship and training, and the ability of Local 720 and Local 725 to continually provide our company with the highest quality manpower. This has allowed the company to grow to where we are today. Without the union’s commitment, our success just would not have happened.” We believe in giving our owner and clients the safest workforce combined with the highest quality workmanship.

Mitch Emery joined Local 720 in 1991, and in 1997, he managed the Rossdale Power Plant Expansion project, and shortly thereafter became a field superintendent with the company where he remained until taking on the role of operations manager in 2013. Emery is a personal supporter of apprenticeship and mentoring of apprentices, and is currently a member of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Provincial Apprenticeship Committee (PAC) for the ironworker trade. There, he is able to be a part of the program development for the province. Emery also believes that it is important to support and train the members willing to learn and advance into supervisory positions within the company.

A&H Steel’s success comes directly from the commitment to apprenticeship and training, and the ability of Local 720 and Local 725 to continually provide their company with the highest quality manpower.