To be successful in a niche market is a challenge; to become a leader in it, even more difficult. Centaur Products has managed to do both, making a name for themselves not just here at home in BC, but across the country.
Its success and reputation has garnered a number of accolades over the years, most recently being named Business of the Year (Under 50 Employees) at the 2019 Burnaby Business Excellence Awards gala hosted by the Burnaby Board of Trade.
That’s a reflection of the organization’s tireless commitment to excellence in all facets of its operation.
“Our mission is to enhance athletic performance and spectator experience by providing high-quality products and installation services in the construction of sports facilities and entertainment venues,” explains owner Dave Wilson. “We provide our clients with an all-in-one, turn-key solution involving a comprehensive package of services.”
That includes helping customers in the planning, design and construction of a successful sport facility or entertainment venue project, for clients as diverse as major universities, school districts, municipal recreation facilities, and professional sports venues and performing arts theatres. This may mean everything from turf installation, track construction, seating, flooring, scoreboards, and more, with seamless in-house planning and organization that allows the team to provide the most efficient services that are responsive to each unique project’s framework. In other words, the entire process – from initial consultations to final installations – all happen under the Centaur Products banner.
The company has been in operation for 46 years, having first opened its doors in 1973, and is now Canada’s largest sports specialty contractor. With headquarters in Burnaby and offices in Calgary, Guelph and Halifax, they’ve been able to lead the national market in their industry.
In all, Wilson says they’ve worked on thousands of facilities over their four decades and now have nearly 50 staff members nationally, including members of the management team, sales, project managers, and installation technicians. He’s proud of where they’ve come from, the growth they’ve already experienced, and says he’s excited to see what will come in the future.
“I came from the sporting goods business and I wanted to specialize in quality equipment products,” Wilson recalls. They began with specialized flooring products, bringing in unique and innovative products from Europe to the North American market for the first time. From there, they continued to add new and diverse products and services, growing with the needs of the industry and staying on top of new developments worldwide, an approach they plan to continue in the coming years. “There is some exciting new technology just around the corner in the sports and entertainment venue market,” he said. “New innovations in synthetic turf fields, advancements in LED video display technology and improvements in the performance of sports surfaces.” Through it all, the focus is always on the client, and ensuring that Centaur staff at all stages of a project have delivered both great customer service and the highest quality products.
“We have an unwavering commitment to improve the quality of sporting venues and facilities across Canada, to enhance the athlete and spectator experience and to help create a happier, healthier world by inspiring people to incorporate sports into their lives,” he said.
The company is also committed to ensuring high standards of environmental protection by seeking options with minimal impacts, through responsibly sourcing materials, reducing waste, incorporating recycled materials and providing green building solutions to customers and communities.
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