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Tiger Calcium Services Inc. began in 1964 as Tiger Chemicals Ltd. Starting as a transportation and warehousing company, Tiger Chemicals moved sulphuric acid and alum across North America. As business grew, the company expanded and diversified, moving into chemical manufacturing, packaging and distribution.
In 1986, founder Dick Schuster noticed the increasing demand for calcium chloride and resolved to find a reliable source to meet customer needs. After consulting with geologists, Dick drilled a discovery well and found the brine deposit he was looking for near Slave Lake, Alberta. A manufacturing plant was built near the well shortly after to process and develop the calcium chloride.
Although Tiger Chemicals was steadily growing into a large and successful company with the move into calcium chloride, keeping the business a family venture was important to Dick. As he neared retirement, he began to mentor his children to take over his role in the company. As he moved out of the company, his daughter Denise Sazwan and son in-law Clark Sazwan stepped in to take over, changing Tiger Chemicals Ltd. into Tiger Calcium Services Inc.
Tiger Calcium has seen huge growth since its beginning. Expanding their services in 2004, Tiger Calcium started transporting molten sulphur, growing to the hauling capacity of 10 insulated Super-B trailers of today. In 2006, a new state-of- the-art plant was built. Three times the size of the previous facility, this new plant was able to produce 1000 liquid tonnes of calcium chloride a day.
In 2007, Tiger Calcium increased their facilities again, this time purchasing a module facility camp for staff. Aimed at creating happy, loyal employees, this 50 private-room camp features satellite television, wireless internet, gym and rec room facilities and a theatre room. With top chefs working in an onsite restaurant, Tiger Calcium’s employee camp also offers 4-star dining. The combination of amenities has made the camp a relaxing getaway for employees, and is also available to the public.
2009 was a big year for Tiger Calcium, with a fleet growth up to a total of 40 highway units and 135 railcars hauling calcium chloride throughout North America. A second well was also drilled to meet the growing demand, doubling daily production to 2000 liquid tonnes.
Tiger Calcium continues to grow and diversify operations, striving to provide the industry with a variety of products and services for road stabilization, dust control, de-icing and anti-icing, as well as specialized transportation.