Howick Mutual breaks ground on new headquarters - March 1, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
The Howick Mutual Insurance company held a groundbreaking at the site of its future facility outside of Wingham on Feb. 21.
The site, which is the former location of Turnberry Public School, will feature a 13,500-square-foot environmentally-friendly facility that will bring employees from their Wroxeter and Hanover facilities together at one location.
Domm Construction of Ayton will be in charge of the project which will take approximately one year, according to a press release from Howick Mutual Insurance Company.
Company Board Chair Mark Hamel said he was very pleased with the turnout at the groundbreaking, explaining that Vice-Chair Jacquie Bishop wasn’t available for the groundbreaking due to a family situation.
Kevin Inglis, CEO of the company, said the groundbreaking was a big day for the company as it has had its headquarter in the same place in Wroxeter for the entirety of its 140-year history.
“Once we’re here, we’re not leaving,” he said. “We believe in small towns.”
Jake Domm, representing Domm Construction, said his company was glad to be a part of project and that mobilization at the site would be starting shortly.
Mayor Paul Gowing of Morris-Turnberry Council, home municipality of the site, said the day prompted plenty of gratitude, starting with the representatives of Howick Mutual Insurance Company.
“We have to thank the board of directors for choosing this site,” he said. “This is a tremendous undertaking and I can’t think of a better spot to hold the facility.”
Gowing also said that Morris-Turnberry Council played a part in the day, thinking back to when the opportunity arose to purchase the school site.
The council of the day chose to purchase the site in mid-2013 and, over the past several years, worked to ready it for a development like the one planned by Howick Mutual Insurance Company.
“Partnerships like the one between Morris-Turnberry Council and Howick Mutual Insurance Company are important for progress to move forward,” Gowing said.
Hamel agreed, saying that Howick Mutual Insurance Company holds Morris-Turnberry Council in high esteem.
For more information on the project, contact the company at 519-335-3561.