About Us

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to achieve quality and superior performance while being safe, on time, on budget and profitable.  We will strive to create an environment for our employees, our sub-trades, our customers and our community in which we can all thrive and be successful in.  We will work together to give our customers the highest level of satisfaction and an overall satisfying experience.  We expect to create a sense of pride in our colleagues and ourselves that is rewarding socially, physically and financially.  We insist on being known as professional, enthusiastic, creative and efficient.  We are committed to educating ourselves and providing our customers with the most innovative products and services on the market as our industry changes.  As a result, we desire to build a better future for our friends, our families, our community and ourselves.

History:

Since opening in 1975, Vantage Builders Ltd. has grown immensely in the construction industry and gained a strong reputation for quality workmanship.  The company was started by Hugh Ziprick and Jim Davis and is now owned and managed by Hugh Ziprick, Darren Davis and Walter Gegolick.  We currently employ over 50 people during peak season and have crews consisting of carpenters, metal building system erectors, concrete workers, framers, bin erectors and more.  Each member of the company has the necessary safety training he or she needs for the job.  We are a COR (Certificate of Recognition) company (issued on July 29, 2002) and we provide Workers Compensation coverage and liability insurance for all of our projects.  Originally, Vantage Builders Ltd. began working with grain bins and metal buildings but over the past 40 years, the company has evolved into a multifaceted general contractor.

The staff at Vantage Builders operates as a team and we accomplish great outcomes as a result.  We all work towards the same goal while supporting our fellow colleagues by encouraging each other to give our absolute best in everything we do.  Our goal is to create an environment for our employees, sub-trades, customers and community in which we can all thrive and be successful in.  We all share the willingness to work toward being known as professional, enthusiastic, creative and efficient in our industry.  We are committed to educating ourselves and providing our customers with the most innovative products and services on the market as our industry changes.  As a result, we desire to build a better future for our friends, our families, our community and ourselves.

Safety Policy:

Vantage Builders Ltd. is committed to preventing the accidental loss of any of its resources including employees and physical assets.

In fulfilling this commitment to protect both people and property, management will provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment in accordance with industry standards and in compliance with legislative requirements, and will strive to eliminate any foreseeable hazards which may result in property damage, accidents or personal injury/illness.

All employees will be equally responsible for minimizing accidents within our facilities.  Safe work practices and procedures will be clearly defined in the Company Safety Manual for all employees to follow.

Accidental loss can be controlled through good management in combination with active employee involvement.  Safety is the direct responsibility of all managers, supervisors and employees.

All management activities will comply with company safety requirements as they relate to the planning, operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment.  All employees will perform their jobs properly in accordance with established procedures and safe work practices.

Vantage Builders Ltd. has its COR (Certificate of Recognition) with the Alberta Construction Safety Association.  This certifies that Vantage has:

-Prepared a written health and safety plan appropriate for the needs of its staff;

-Discussed injury prevention issues with its staff and invited their ongoing participation in the health and safety program;

-Identified hazards and hazard controls as an ongoing process;

-Developed and implemented good health and safety practices; and

-Developed a review process for changes and ongoing improvements to the program.

Memberships:

Alberta New Home Warranty
Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB)
Vegreville Chamber of Commerce

 

 

Community:

Vantage Builders Ltd. is always making a strong effort to give back to the community.  While playing the role of a responsible company, Vantage has given back to countless causes and organizations including Stars Air Ambulance, Vegreville 4-H, Alberta Cancer Foundation and the following other organizations:

–  Western Communities Foundation
–  St. John’s Lutheran Youth
–  Vegreville Wildlife Federation
–  BFKK Bull Sale
–  Vegreville Minor Hockey
–  Wendy Brook Music Festival
–  Kinsmen Club of Vegreville
–  Royal Canadian Legion
–  Heather Curling Club
–  Children’s Ability Funds
–  VALID
–  Vegreville Rotary Club
–  Terry Fox Run
–  Friends of Viking Arena
–  Vegreville Chuckwagons
–  Vegreville Chamber of Commerce
–  The Alberta Draft Horse Club
–  Vegreville Lanes
–  Vegreville Agricultural Society
–  Canadian Pony Chuckwagon Society
–  Walk for a Cure
–  St. John Lutheran Church
–  Big Brothers Big Sister Vegreville
–  Mundare Curling Club
–  MS Walk-A-Thon
– Vegreville Lions Club

Awards:

-1998 Small Business of the Year Award

-2004 Annual Sales Volume Award: In appreciation and recognition of achievement of total annual sales for Behlen products exceeding $500,000.00

-2005 The Alberta New Home Warranty Program Service Award: As a member in good standing and as such has demonstrated professionalism, expertise and commitment to meeting the needs of their clients as recognized by the building standards of the program

-2006 Behlen Outstanding Performance Award: In recognition of outstanding sales performance for self-storage buildings

-2006 Annual Sales Volume Award: In appreciation and recognition of achievement of total annual sales for Behlen products exceeding $1,000,000.00

-2007 Annual Sales Volume Award: In appreciation and recognition of achievement of total annual sales for Behlen products exceeding $2,000,000.00

-2007 Behlen Top Aviation Complex Design Award: In recognition of design creativity and superior construction techniques – Thorne Hangars

-2007 Behlen Outstanding Performance Award: In recognition of outstanding sales performance for self-storage buildings

-2007 Behlen Top Recreational Design Award: In recognition of design creativity and superior construction techniques – Viking Carena

-2008 Behlen Top Commercial Design Award: In recognition of design creativity and superior construction techniques – Blue Sky’s Chrysler Dealership

-2008 Annual Sales Volume Award: In appreciation and recognition of achievement of total annual sales for Behlen products exceeding $200,000.00

-2009 Behlen Outstanding Performance Award: In recognition of outstanding sales performance for self-storage buildings

-2009 Annual Sales Volume Award: In appreciation and recognition of achievement of total annual sales for Behlen products exceeding $500,000.00

-2009 Behlen Most Innovative FLEX-SYS Design Award: In recognition of design creativity and superior construction techniques – Smoky Lake Gazebo

-2012 Spirit of the Community Award (Small Business Week 2012)

-2015 Business of the Year: 10+ Employees (Small Business Week 2015)

Meet the Owners:

Hugh Ziprick: Hugh Ziprick is one of the original founders of Vantage Builders Ltd.  He and his wife Linda have three children, Hal, Paul and Caryl and seven grandchildren all in the Vegreville area.  Hugh never passes up an opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren, go hunting, camping or fishing.

Walter Gegolick: Walter Gegolick, also known as “Sonny” worked for Vantage Builders Ltd. for 29 years before becoming a partner in 2005.  Walter and his wife, Edie, have three children and four grandkids whom all live in Vegreville.  Walter’s hobbies include restoring vehicles and snowmobiles, fishing, camping, and motorcycling.

Darren Davis: Darren Davis became a partner in 2005 around the time that his dad and original owner, Jim Davis, retired.  Darren, his wife Colleen and daughters Bella & Brenna reside in Vegreville with their three dogs, Theo, Lola and Zeus.  Darren and Colleen enjoy camping, fishing and rooting for their favorite hockey and football teams.