EDMONTON, Alberta, June 11, 2015 â€“ Canadaâ€™s largest non-union Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) services provider, Buffalo Inspection Services (2005) Inc. (Buffalo Inspection Services), has acquired Sonar Inspection Ltd. (Sonar), a well-established NDE company in southern Saskatchewan, to continue its expansion into under-served locations. The deal is effective June 1, 2015.
Sonarâ€™s primary operation is strategically located in Estevan, Saskatchewan, a growth market for oil and gas, pipeline and mining development and expansion. The acquisition provides Buffalo Inspection Services with the capability of increasing its presence in Southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, working in partnership with an experienced and capable team.
â€œBuffalo Inspection Services has had a presence in Saskatoon for many years, but we saw this acquisition as an opportunity to expand our footprint to southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and expand Sonarâ€™s existing operation to include radiography and mainline crawler NDE disciplines,â€ says the Chief Executive Officer of Buffalo Inspection Services. â€œWe are excited about working with Sonar. They have a strong reputation in the surface and integrity disciplines, and also have exceptional relationships with clients across a broad range of industries. We strongly believe that Sonarâ€™s team will be an ideal platform for growth in the region.â€
Sonarâ€™s operations will now operate under the Buffalo Inspection Services brand, and the company has established its Saskatchewan base of operations in a shop in Estevan.
Taylor Gardiner and Wayne Naka, the owners of Sonar, will lead the Saskatchewan and Manitoba operations for Buffalo Inspection Services.
About Buffalo Inspection Services
Buffalo Inspection Services is the largest non-union NDE company in Canada. Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Buffalo has been providing NDE services primarily to the oil and gas industry across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia for the last 39 years. The company offers a complete suite of NDT services including Radiography, Mainline Gamma Crawler, Magnetic Particle, Liquid Penetrant Examination, Visual Inspection, Phased Array, Ultrasonics, Ferrite Testing, Positive Material Identification, Hardness Testing, Tubing Inspection and Time of Flight Diffraction. The acquisition brings together the teams of Buffalo Inspection and Sonar to create a 250-strong workforce comprising skilled and certified professionals.