Years in Review

1979 Nils and Sylvia Bodtker acquire E&E Containers (1979) Ltd.
1982 A second Calgary drum reconditioner is acquired.
1983 The second Calgary plant is relocated to Edmonton (Nisku).
1984 The Calgary plant is expanded. Assume distributorship of Hunter Drums Limited (now Russell-Stanley) poly drums.
1990 Acquire Vulcan Packaging Inc. plants in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Regina. Assume distributorship for Vulcan Packaging Inc. pails and Crown Cork & Seal Canada Inc. cans.
1991 Acquire Vulcan Packaging Inc. warehousing operation in Vancouver.
1993 Assume distributorship of Ropak Canada Inc. plastic pails.
1993 Expand and relocate Vancouver operation. Leyland Industries Inc. poly bottles are added to the BC product line.
1995 Nampac Edmonton steel drum manufacturing plant is acquired. Great Western Containers starts its quest for higher technology production methods with the installation of a progressive washer system at the Edmonton (South) plant.
1996 A second steel drum manufacturing line is commissioned at the Edmonton (North) plant. An automatic steel drum painting line is commissioned at the Edmonton (South) drum reconditioning plant.
1997 Great Western Containers connects to the world wide web!
1997 Automatic flame treating system for poly drums is implemented.
1999 Great Western Containers (Calgary) builds a new plant and head office.
2000 Great Western Containers (Delta) expands again taking on an additional 15,000 sq ft at the existing location and moving their offices.
2004 The four person Executive Team model is implemented at Head Office including; Finance, Human Resources, Operations and Sales & Marketing.
2004 Great Western Containers (Edmonton) leases a 30,000 sq ft warehouse to handle the growing distribution market and make room for IBC reconditioning in the south plant.
2005 Fire at the Great Western Containers (Regina) reconditioning plant results in the destruction of the plant.
2006 New 6,000 sq ft warehouse and offices open in Regina.
2006 Great Western Containers goes through a “rebranding” and unleashes its new website on the world.
2007 Great Western Containers acquires the Greif Lloydminster, Alberta plant, land and business, expanding its products manufactured to steel, plastic and fibre drums.
2007 Great Western Containers (Calgary) leases a 15,000 sq ft warehouse.
2007 Brent Bodtker revectors and considers some very clever entrepreneurial ideas.
2008 Great Western Containers surpasses the $50,000,000 revenue plateau.
2008 Great Western Containers ventures into the blending and filling business by acquiring Nemco Resources Ltd. in Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina.
2009 Nemco (Regina) moves to the Great Western Containers site in Regina.
2010 Great Western Containers expands nationally by opening locations in both Toronto and Montreal.
2011 Acquire Can-Am Containers’ reconditioning facility in Port Moody, BC.
2012 The “GWC Services Ltd.” logo and brand underwent an exciting and significant transformation becoming The Bodtker Group of Companies.
2013 The Bodtker Group Of Companies, formerly GWC Services Ltd., acquires Reliance Products LP in Winnipeg, MB.
2016 Great Western Containers was purchased by Industrial Container Services, LLC (ICS) of Maitland, Florida. ICS is the largest provider of reusable container solutions in North America.

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