ATCO History 1980 - 1990

(top left) International Pavillion at Expo ‘86;  (bottom left) Sheerness Power Generation Station;  (top right) 1988 Olympics Executive Viewing Lounge, Canmore;  (bottom right) Radar Dome, North Warning System

(top left) International Pavillion at Expo ‘86;  (bottom left) Sheerness Power Generation Station;  (top right) 1988 Olympics Executive Viewing Lounge, Canmore;  (bottom right) Radar Dome, North Warning System

  • ​A 58.1 per cent controlling interest in Canadian Utilities Limited was acquired from IU International of Philadelphia. The $323 million transaction was completed in June 1980 resulting in the Company’s assets totaling $1 billion dollars.

  • The 16-storey Canadian Western Centre (now ATCO Centre) office building at 909 - 11 Avenue SW in Calgary was completed and held in ATCO’s real estate portfolio.

  • ATCO Centre, a 20-storey office building in Edmonton, was completed and became the largest holding in ATCO’s real estate portfolio.

  • ATCO manufactured modular wall and roof panels for exhibitors’ panels at Expo ‘86 in Vancouver.

  • In December 1986, ATCO sold ATCO Manufacturing and Leasing in Australia, after 26 years in that market to focus on its core North American business.

  • Unit 1 of Sheerness Thermal Electrical Power Generation Station was commissioned in southeastern Alberta. The project is jointly owned, with Alberta Power Limited (now ATCO Power) as the managing partner.

  • Frontec Logistics was formed to spearhead efforts to become a major supplier of electrical services, related technical expertise and logistical support in northern Canada.

  • ATCO supplied the dramatic natural gas flare atop the Calgary Tower as well as several major shelter contracts for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games held in Calgary. Major projects for the Games included: accommodation for 2,300 visiting international media; the Canmore Athletes’ village; site offices; ticket booths; concessions; the ABC TV network Broadcast Centre; and two VIP hosting facilities at Canada Olympic Park in Canmore and Calgary.

  • Frontec Logistics was awarded a five year contract worth more than $114 million to operate and maintain Canada’s North Warning System.