Genus Irrigation Systems LTD. was formed in 1978 when I resigned from working with Xerox of Canada. A few of us at Xerox had the bug to start our own businesses.
Genus Irrigation started out by subcontracting from Able Irrigation and the first high profile irrigation job we landed was the legislative building in Edmonton Alberta. This was a big job, big enough to obtain two used large trenching machines that I used and repaired for many years after.
We managed to get the Premier of Alberta wet by an accidental zone turn on, and we finished this complicated hydraulic system just before the snow started.
The company expanded very quickly as things were booming in Alberta at the time. We added three crews in one season and had to turn down some work. This is when I learned the hard way to be an effective business manager.
The economy was in overdrive, we bought and leased trucks and more equipment, then all of a sudden things came to a very abrupt stop in 1980, the oil industry was in trouble.
Our family owned business almost lost everything including our house, but we survived with the help of mom and dad. An important lesson was learned, not so big so fast, keep an eye on the current world events and planning is essential.