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P.S. (Scotty) Grant
Attracted by the discovery of oil at Leduc No.1, Peter Stuart ("Scotty") Grant arrived in Calgary in June of 1948. Born in New Liskeard, Ontario and having received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University, Scotty quickly became a fixture in the oilfield manufacturing business. Working as engineer for Jim Barber, the founder of Barber Machinery, Scotty began his career designing and manufacturing the first propane farm tankage, including the first 30,000 gallon storage tank in Canada. Realizing that Barber Machinery had the only threading facility in Western Canada, Scotty took full advantage of this opportunity to become an expert in threading casing tubing and drill collars. Scotty was instrumental in creating a joint venture with Vallourec Groupe of France to create Vam Canada Ltd., a premium threading company that still operates today as Vam Premium Connections. While at Barber Machinery Scotty was also responsible for building Canada's first packaged compressor as well as Canada's first truck mounted frac unit. Both innovations provide efficiencies that now make them major staples of the industry in Alberta.
In 1964 Scotty became the principal shareholder and President of Barber Industries and orchestrated the growth that saw Barbers become the largest Iron and Steel Product producer in Alberta with manufacturing plants located in Calgary and Edmonton. A subsequent sale of Barbers to Bralorne Resources in 1972 opened up new opportunities for Scotty. During his time at Bralorne he continued to oversee Barbers as well a becoming Chairman of the Board for Mark Products, a world class seismic products manufacturer, and becoming the Manager of OMSCO, a world class manufacturer of Drill Collars, Kelly's and other downhole equipment. Barber industries also flourished during this time with additional manufacturing facilities having been opened in High Level, Halifax and St. Johns to service the developing offshore industry in Canada.
One of Scotty's proudest accomplishments is that he had the opportunity to mentor many enthusiastic and ambitious employees, many of whom went on to great success in the oil patch. With Scotty's assistance as a Director, companies like Beta Machinery Analysis Ltd., a company that troubleshot rotating and reciprocating equipment, became a success in the industry. Scotty was a Director of the Alberta Opportunity Company as well as a member of the Iron & Steel Sectoral Committee advising the government of Canada of Free Trade.
Eventually, Scotty was approached by former employees to oversee the re-organization of DRECO Energy Services, a bankrupt venture specializing in advanced and specialty drilling equipment with worldwide operations. Scotty successfully steered DRECO out of bankruptcy and Chapter 11 in the United States and by the mid 90's DRECO became an industry leader of international stature and was eventually sold to National Oilwell in 1997.
Scotty was active in the community throughout his career including a term as President of the Rotary Club of South Calgary and a term as President of the Calgary branch of the United Empire Loyalist Association. Scotty was also active in the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, his church and other community organizations.