ATCO History 1960 - 1980

 (top left) Helicopter airlifting drilling camp unit;  (right) ATCO Gas and Oil Ltd. - Oilfield Services

(top left) Helicopter airlifting drilling camp unit;  (right) ATCO Gas and Oil Ltd. - Oilfield Services

1960 - 1970

  • Boeing awarded ATCO the first of many rental contracts for the supply of housing and administrative facilities to support their Minuteman IBM Installation Program, which involved work in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and Wyoming.

  • Operations expanded to Australia with the opening of a 70,000 sq. ft. plant in Adelaide, South Australia. This plant was expanded to 110,000 sq. ft. by 1971.

  • United States manufacturing facilities opened in Nampa, Idaho. These facilities were enlarged to 60,000 sq. ft. in 1970.

  • Calgary manufacturing facilities were relocated from Airdrie to a 54 acre site in southwest Calgary, which was named ATCO Industrial Park.

1970 - 1980

  • Industrial unit production commenced in Montreal with a 50,000 sq. ft. plant located in suburban Ville la Salle.

  • The Company participated in its first oil discovery through ATCO Gas and Oil Ltd.

  • Completion of the first construction camps supplied to the TransAlaska (Alyeska) Pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez signaled a period of fast-paced growth.

  • Construction housing for the Alyeska Pipeline and for oil sands development in northern Alberta pushed revenues upwards by 69 per cent and profits up by 175 per cent.

  • Construction began on a 17 storey office tower at 800 - 6 Avenue SW in Calgary, which would be held as part of ATCO’s real estate portfolio. Other development projects included the completion of a 60,000 sq.ft. convention centre in Red Deer and the Vista Industrial Centre warehouse complex in Calgary.