It has been announced that a longtime North Battleford business has been sold.
In a news release it was confirmed that Howard and Sharon Kirby have sold Anderson Pump House to Aquifer Distribution Ltd.
The buyer is a Saskatchewan owned company based in Saskatoon, owned by Glenn and Jodi Wig.
The new organization will service the water systems, wastewater, water treatment, plumbing supply, HVAC supply, water works, irrigation and fire suppression markets across Saskatchewan out of four cities: North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, and Regina, with over 130 staff.
In a statement, Anderson Pump House noted that Aquifer and APH have been respectful competitors for over 35 years.
“Howard and Sharon’s biggest concern was ensuring the future of their employees. With North Battleford and Prince Albert combined, APH has over 45 staff. They would never have sold APH without assurances that their employees would be looked after, and that the business would continue to operate with the same values as it has in the past. They are extremely satisfied that this is the best decision for the future of APH and for their loyal customer base. They will truly miss all of the relationships and friendships that they have developed over the past 38 years with customers, suppliers, and staff.”
The sale ends over 50 years in which the Kirbys have been involved in the industry, with Howard starting at Anderson Drilling in the summer of 1970.
After departing to complete his diploma and pursue other opportunities with Saskatchewan Agriculutre, Kirby rejoined Anderson Drilling in 1976. In 1983 he separated to form Anderson Pump House.
Howard will stay involved to help with the transition. Afterwards, the Kirbys plan to remain in the community and live at Day’s Beach on Jackfish Lake, where they plan to “enjoy retirement and all that goes with it.”
They are also looking forward to spending time with family in Battleford. Their son, Rod Forman, remains at APH as the general manager of the North Battleford and Prince Albert branches.
Howard and Sharon Kirby are extending thanks to everyone who has helped them over the years and say they will be “forever grateful” to their customers past and present.