Employee Spotlight – Blaine Peterson
December 9, 2021•News
In 1990, Blaine Peterson began working on Structurlam’s plant floor. Thirty-one years later, he is the company’s industrial region manager for its matting division, which provides lightweight, durable and innovative ground protection solutions for the oil and gas, power transmission and heavy-civil construction markets. Structurlam is the first producer in North America to introduce CrossLam® CLT in the production of industrial ground protection matting products, which include access mats, crane mats and rig mat cores.
We sat down with Blaine to learn more about his story and the evolution of mass timber over the past thirty-one years.
- Tell us about how you started with Structurlam and about your first position with the company.
- I had left the Penticton area in 1989 and was headed to university in Victoria. A significant job opportunity presented itself, and I chose to take it. It was clearing oversized trees on Vancouver Island with a specialized felling crew. A labor disagreement within the industry suspended my contract, and I found myself in a stalled position, between semesters in school and without work. I found an opportunity at Structurlam through the plant manager, Patrick Moore, and I took it – my first position was in gluing operations as a general laborer. 31 years later, I’m still here!
- What is your current role at the company, and what do you enjoy most about your job?
- My current role is regional sales manager for Western U.S., Canada and Strategic Industrial Accounts. What I enjoy most about working with Structurlam is proving trust and building relationships with the people that I’m fortunate enough to meet and work with in our industry.
- What does a typical day look like for you?
- There are no typical days. Each client’s objectives define my purpose. The balance between Structurlam’s agilities and a client’s needs is the fuel that drives me.
- What is the most exciting project you’ve worked on in the last 30 years?
- Each of our tech-driven manufacturing projects are unique, but it’s the people involved, both internally and externally, who are most exciting. What keeps me most energized is being able to deliver and meet the needs of those involved in a project. We have no shortage of best-in-class projects at Structurlam; we’ve held industry records, will continue to expand our horizons and will keep a keen eye on protecting a culture of trust and reliability.
- What are you most proud of in your history with Structurlam?
- As a personal goal, I can always state that I’ve given more than I’ve taken, and that I’ve made lifelong friendships with some of the people that I’ve been fortunate enough to connect with.
- What do you like most about working at Structurlam?
- Committing to my small piece of the company, always having a bias for action and challenging myself as well as my peers to be just a little bit better, a little bit quicker and watching our efforts secure a foundation for another decade of the company’s history. Working in the mass timber industry gives our team a purpose-driven mission as we address sustainability and the stewardship of responsibly managing our forests.
- What are you most excited about for Structurlam’s future?
- I’m hopeful that as we expand our horizons that we never lose sight of what is important – our people. Continuing to treat people exceptionally well by listening to them and including them will lead to even more celebrations at Structurlam as mass timber continues to build momentum in North America.
Want to join the Structurlam team? Structurlam is actively hiring for positions in British Columbia, Texas and Arkansas. To learn more, visit https://www.structurlam.com/careers/job-postings/.