Central Saanich’s Butler Brothers: A concrete business plan

Butler Bros. employees between 78 and 100 people, with an annual payroll of approximately $3.8 to $4.5 million.

Travis Butler gives the participants in the 2017 Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Tour of Industry a look inside Butler Brothers’ main gravel pit in Central Saanich.

With an estimated 10 years of life left in their Central Saanich gravel pit, it’s a good thing Butler Brothers Supplies — one of the region’s largest concrete and aggregate supplier — has sources elsewhere on the Island.

The fourth stop for the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s Tour of Industry, Butler Bros. have been in operation in Central Saanich since the 1930s. In those days, however, they ran a variety of businesses.

Today, their main business is in gravel production, extracting, washing and crushing it into different sizes at the big open pit off Keating Cross Road. It’s also one of the sources of material for their concrete batch plant operation.

Yet, they remain a mostly family business. Leading the tour was Tony Martens (not Travis Butler, as was reported earlier), who outlined the work done in the gravel pit — from how it has grown in size over the years, to their ongoing reclamation efforts. He said that at some point, when the place is mined out, it will be leveled off, creating more land area for development along the Keating corridor.

And while the pit itself has enough resources for around a decade, Martens said they have gravel resources in the Duncan and Sooke areas that will keep them going for 30 to 40 years.

Butler Bros. employees between 78 and 100 people, with an annual payroll of approximately $3.8 to $4.5 million (depending on economic demand).

Their concrete plant is fairly busy, trucks around 14 million tonnes each year. Martens said they even poured around 24,000 tonnes of concrete for the tarmac area around the new 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron base at the Victoria airport — an example of the work they do.


•   •   •   •


On Wednesday: Our final stop on the Tour of Industry – ASL Environmental Sciences.


(Updated to correct the tour guide’s name)

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Camosun student shares story of overcoming struggles to inspire others

Provincial Tuition Waiver Program helps former youths in care attend post-secondary institutions

Local Monarchist says Saanich Peninsula would be a ‘great place’ for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Bruce Hallsor also expects the couple’s professional opportunities to lie outside Greater Victoria

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in B.C.

Most Read