Speight Construction can rival any construction company in the Rocky-Caroline area today in performance and delivery of service today, but started as a family oriented business in a humble setting and began to take roots in 1963. The success started when two younger brothers, with the backing of Neal Speight, bought two older machines and Bill and Dale Speight started their version of the Great North American Dream by clearing land for local farmers.
In 1965 they purchased a brand new D6C and began working at whatever jobs were available at this time. The Great North American Dream unknown to the industrious boys at this time would be a “Dream” of many long hours away from family and friends but this would not deter these boys. In 1966 they received a contract to clear 60 miles of right of way on the Resource Railroad which travelled from Hinton to Grande Cache (which was just stakes in the bush at that time) and carried on to Grande Prairie.
The downturn in the economy at that time would not discourage the two Speight boys! They knew the sacrifices of hard work from their early childhood. The downturn resulted in a move to Steen River (in the High Level area) where they slashed seismic line with power saw crews. Eventually, a turnaround came and more machines were purchased and Seismic Line Cutting became a major part of the business. This new line of work was very arduous and resulted in very long hours and many weeks away from family.
In 1968 Speight Construction became a limited company and from then on grew larger each year. In 1977 Bill left to pursue other interests. The company expanded yearly and diversified enough to handle all aspects of the oil and gas industry. Lease building, plant site preparation, right of way clearing, road building, heavy hauling and supplying of men and materials became part of S.C.C.L.’s everyday existence.
Dale Speight eventually became sole owner of S.C.C.L. and worked continuously until 2005 when his children Brad and Shawna and their spouses took over the operations. The personnel, some of which had been with the company from its infancy remained in the employ of the company making the transition very smooth. Their new company was named Speight Construction Inc.
Dale now has time to pursue some of his interests, which include playing guitar and singing, but still makes time to give timely advice to his children on major decisions affecting the company. He has earned the right to travel south to enjoy milder winters and visiting with friends. Construction is carrying on with the younger generation and still retains its' Family ties.