Monthly Member’s Bio

Knelson Sand & Gravel

Our Beginning
The Knelsen Company was established in 1973 with one gravel pit and one gravel truck delivering to local farmers and businesses in La Crete and Fort Vermilion area. Responding to the high demand for concrete products, the company soon began producing concrete in La Crete. The company continued to grow by expanding into gravel crushing and log hauling. Soon after, Knelsen expanded yet again by providing concrete and aggregate products in High Level. In the late 1990’s the company diversified even further by manufacturing Hot Mix Asphalt and providing construction services and paving.

The company has since added oilfield construction, and pre cast to the list of products. Service locations now include; Cold Lake, Peace River, Bonnyville and Grande Prarie as well as providing concrete to the Red Deer and Calgary markets. Knelsen Ltd. maintains aggregate sources at over 40 locations throughout Alberta. In order to deliver the best service in a timely manner, the company employs more than 625 people during the peak construction season.

The Knelsen Construction department specializes in major highway construction as well as turn-out and intersection treatments complete with paving. For Municipality work, Knelsen constructs and subcontracts underground service installs street bases and installs pavement with in-house produced asphalt. Curbs, gutters, and sidewalks are also completed with in-house products. To date, Knelsen has completed many highway projects including the overlay paving of Highway 63, 43, and 49, the twinning and paving of HIghway 28 near Cold Lake, and the widening and paving of a section of Highway 58. Knelsen continues to be successful in infrastructure projects including streets complete with curbs and sidewalks throughout Northern Alberta including Grade Prarie, Cold Lake and most other municipalities.

The Knelsen Asphalt department has the capacity to produce over one million tons of Hot Mixed Asphalt per year. In addition to the stationary plants set up at HIgh Level, Peace River, Grande Prarie and Cold Lake, the highway construction group has available, three portable plants for manufacturing asphalt. Construction projects utilize fully equipped, quality control asphalt testing laboratories.

Oilfield Construction
The Knelsen Oilfield department has the ability to meet a wide range of oilfield construction needs, construction of wells sites and roads, including aggregate supply and snow removal. These services are available across Alberta including; Fox Creek, Grande Prairie, Spirit River/Bonanza, Peace River, High Level and Calgary.

The Knelsen Aggregate crushing department processes over 3 million tons of aggregate per year for asphalt, concrete, construction and oilfield projects. The five crushing spreads produce several specifications of aggregates including; washed rock, concrete stone, and sand, road base, asphalt blends to three inch minus, rail ballast, and rip rap. Knelsen offers direct sales from any of their 40 plus aggregate reserves across Alberta. All manufactured products are regularly tested by independent and Knelsen quality control laboratories to ensure value and consistency. Knelsen offers a fleet of aggregate trucks if so required to meet customer needs.

The Knelsen Concrete Department offers various strengths and colors of concrete. Concrete is available at nine locations across Alberta. We are proud to serve in La’Crete, High Level, Grimshaw, Red earth, Grande Prairie, Cold Lake, Bonnyville, Red Deer, Calgary, and Balzac.

Knelsen also has a Concrete Portable division available with five portable batch plants capable of servicing any locations. We offer a fleet of concrete pumps including line and boom trucks of various size and length. Knelsen’s complete project list is extensive, including several Alberta transportation bridge jobs, and pile walls, in various locations in Northern Alberta. In addition, Knelsen participated in the Shell Carmon Creek project, Foothills Hospital parade, Ft. Chipwyan water treatment plant, several concrete slipped grain elevators at locations including; Claremont, Grimshaw, Viking and McLennan. Two long term projects of Knelsen were the Grande Prairie hospital including a nuclear vault, as well as the PSC Rocanville Scissors Creek mine shaft, Knelsen supplied 21,000 meters of 70 Mpa concrete to a depth of 1100 meters. All concrete is supported by a fully trained and equipped QC department. All mix designs are computer assisted in the design, allowing the customer the highest in performance, strength and workability.

Knelsen is proud to offer the Verticrete engineering precast retaining wall system. The product is manufactured in one of our three Precasting locations: Red Deer, Salmon Arm, Mission. We offer Alberta Transportation spec highway barriers, jersey barriers, lock blocks and other concrete products. Knelsen can arrange trucking to any site using their own fleet of trucks.

Knelsen Transportation Services supplies most of the materials required by the concrete, aggregate and asphalt divisions. In addition, they deliver many loads of full length or cut-to-length logs to various wood fiber processing plants in Northern Alberta.

Please check out Knelsen’s website for more detail on our company.