Bonnechere Excavating acquires H&H Construction, keeping 76-year-old company in Ottawa Valley

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Bonnechere Excavating Inc. (BEI) of Renfrew.

Bonnechere Excavating Inc. (BEI) of Renfrew is expanding by purchasing another Ottawa Valley business, H&H Construction, which has been in business for 76 years.

The deal comes as BEI is looking to grow, while H&H principals implemented a succession plan to retire, the companies said in a news release. No financial terms were disclosed.

“Our companies have worked together on a number of significant projects in the Ottawa Valley

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over the years,” said Mark Enright, president of BEI. “We know they run their operation at a high standard and that made these discussions easy for us. We’re proud to be expanding with their support and keeping this important business in the local area.”

BEI will assume all assets, including H&H’s network of pits and quarries, asphalt plant,

landscape depot and related buildings. BEI headquarters will remain in Renfrew and  non-management employees will be retained.

“Businesses are always changing and this is just one more change in our history,” said Daniel

Hoffman, H&H president. “We have been through this process before and we’re really happy to be in this arrangement with BEI. All of us in the Hoffman family have enjoyed our time at the helm of this business and we are confident that the Ottawa Valley is in good hands with them moving forward.”

Established in 1948, Hoffman Concrete Products began as a concrete block business based in Petawawa. The business grew to include three concrete block plants in Ontario (Pembroke, Iroquois, and Ashton) and one in Gatineau, which also produced ready-mix concrete. An additional location in Arnprior was added as a ready-mix concrete site. The concrete division was sold in 1987 and H&H Aggregates was formed, operating several pits and quarries in the Ottawa Valley. In 1993, the business expanded to include an asphalt plant, called Advanced Asphalt & Paving. In 1999, the company acquired Markus Construction in the heavy civil and building construction business, which led to an amalgamation of all companies into H&H Construction in 2002. The company was based in Petawawa and employed 150 people.

BEI was established in 1989 as a heavy equipment rental business. The company reorganized in 2000 and launched into the contracting business, winning its first major project as a general contractor with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in 2003. BEI added an aggregate division in 2007 and a water and sewer division four years later. This led to subdivision development in 2014, followed by aggregate processing and hot mix paving in 2016 and 2020, respectively. In 2021, BEI purchased Corington Engineering, which specialized in concrete structures.

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