TOP 20 UNDER 40
Congratulations to Mike Black and Wes Esbaugh, both of Tri City Materials, for being named as one of the Top 20 Under 40 (by the Rock to Road Magazine) of this country’s best young workers who are providing the example for the next generation of Canada’s aggregates and roadbuilding industry. From an excavator operator in the Yukon to a project co-ordinator in Toronto, the winning 20 individuals cover a vast spectrum of the people involved in the day-to-day operations in this industry.
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Michael Black | Fleet and Purchasing Manager, Tri City Materials
Michael Black learned to love heavy equipment at a very young age. He started rebuilding old tractors alongside his grandfather as a kid, and has been working on machines every since.
After graduating with his heavy truck and coach mechanics licence, Mike ran his own business for eight years, working on machines and learning about the industries they serve.
Mike joined Tri City Materials in 2007, playing several different roles interchangeably from driving tri-axle equipment to serving as lead mechanic. Mike currently holds the title of Fleet and Purchasing Manager, but wears several others hats at the same time, leading the maintenance crew and providing repairs for any and all machinery owned by Tri City. Mike was also instrumental in adding a new facet to the Tri City operation, helping set up and maintain the company’s new wash plant system introduced in 2010.
Wes Esbaugh | Operations Manager, Tri City Materials
Wes has played in the rocks and dirt his whole life. It was only a matter of time before he made a career out of it.
After finishing high school in 2005, Wes went on to study concrete technology at Alpena Community College in Alpena Michigan. Upon completion of his diploma, he returned home to the family business, Tri City Materials, starting as a loader operator before working his way up to Operations Manager.
In a few short years with the family business, Wes’ knowledge and fresh perspective on the industry has helped grow Tri City in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and has helped to keep its custom crushing operation moving forward. He has also helped to introduce and sustain a recycled aggregates products business, which is run out of one of Tri City’s five regional pits and provides an environmentally sustainable solution for both government and commercial clients. He has also helped provide additional reserve materials for the company’s own aggregates needs.