RDE Group’s excellence helps Allspec Asphalt rise as industry leader

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The corporation stands out in Edmonton’s asphalt sector through proactive project involvement and personalized service

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When RDE Group acquired Allspec Asphalt 13 years ago, it was a modest Whitecourt-based company primarily focused on patch and pothole repairs. Today, under RDE’s Group’s leadership, Allspec has transformed into a distinct leader in Western Canada’s asphalt industry.  

Renowned for its commitment to excellence, Allspec now handles a diverse range of asphalt projects, from residential to heavy industrial, all executed with impeccable quality standards. But what was the defining factor that enabled RDE Group to grow Allspec so dramatically? 

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“When Dean Eastman of RDE and I took over the business, we were determined to exceed client expectations by providing personalized service,” says James Woods, service line manager at Allspec Asphalt.  

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Allspec’s expertise and flexibility equip them to handle unexpected site challenges while maintaining project schedules with minimal disruptions. SUPPLIED

“In other words, we tried whenever possible to be involved in all projects from their inception to completion.” 

Woods highlights that their proactive approach not only ensures quality and cost control, but, when coupled with their expertise and flexibility, equips them to address unexpected site challenges while maintaining the project schedule with minimal disruptions. 

“Getting involved early is especially beneficial to heavy industrial paving projects that last several months and require the diversion of hundreds of vehicles daily, because it gives us the ability to develop effective work plans and scheduling.” 

This approach to business resulted in strong word-of-mouth endorsements, propelling Woods and Eastman to expand Allspec’s reach while staying true to their commitment to serving communities in the Edmonton region.  

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Allspec has a variety of pavers, eight different rollers, four skid steers and milling machines. Projects are handled by a staff of about 12 people, with extra labour recruited as needed, including summer students. SUPPLIED

“In terms of inventory, we have a variety of pavers, eight different rollers, four skid steers and milling machines,” Woods says. “All of our projects are handled with a staff of about 12 people, and we recruit extra labour when required, including summer students,” says Woods.  

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“And on that score, we focus on treating them well. Proper training, good wages and an emphasis on safety are things we take seriously. As a result, some of our staff have been with us since the very beginning.” 

With private developers and municipalities increasingly appreciating the benefits of bringing in the trades during the early stages of any project, Allspec is thriving in 2024. “We calculate a 30 per cent growth rate this year alone,” says Woods.  

While favourable market conditions indicate a surge in upcoming projects, there’s one principle that Woods and his team steadfastly uphold.  

“We won’t do quick fixes,” he says. “Asphalt is only as good as the structure below it, and we will never let down a client by taking shortcuts that result in work that doesn’t last.” 

For more information, please visit rdegroup.ca 

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Allspec Asphalt remains committed to serving communities in the Edmonton region while expanding its reach under RDE Group’s guidance. SUPPLIED

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of RDE Group. 

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