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The Guardian
Tuesday, June 20, 2006

MacLean Construction Honours Retiring Owner Keith MacLean

Keith and brother Merrill took over their family’s business in the 1960s, growing it into a highly recognizable Charlottetown fixture.

After more than 40 years of building, Keith MacLean is retiring from his role as president and general manager of his family owned business, MacLean Construction.  MacLean Construction was started by Malcolm MacLean, Keith’s father, over 60 years ago.

MacLean Construction is responsible for the construction of many Island building, including St. Marks’s Presbyterian Church, Vogue Optical, Murphy Pharmacies, Andrews of Stratford, Belvedere Funeral Home and numerous schools across the province.  Over 150 co-workers, colleagues and friends attended the retirement party held at the Charlottetown Yacht Club.

Well-wishers included Premier Pat Binns, Charlottetown MP Shawn Murphy, former Construction Association of P.E.I. general manager Francis Reid and MacLean Construction’s new owner, Tim Banks of APM Group.

Keith and his brother, Merrill, took over the business in the 1960s, growing MacLean Construction into one of the most recognizable businesses in Charlottetown. MacLean was recently inducted into the Construction Association of P.E.I. as a lifetime member, having been involved in the association since its inception.

But, aside from personal successes, it is the people involved in the business that stand out most in MacLean’s view.   “My wife, Jean, and I are grateful to our many customers for their business over the years and to our great staff for their service and dedication,” he said. “I want to say thank you to them because it is these people that made the business successful and will continue to do so in the future.”

The business will continue to be operated by current personnel. Long time employee, Mike Lawlor, will take on the new role of new vice-president and general manager of MacLean Construction.

Premier Pat Binns acknowledged MacLean for his contribution to the Island construction industry and noted that it was Keith’s hard work and integrity that made him a leader in the construction sector in Prince Edward Island.
“We congratulate Keith on his distinguished career, and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Binns.

MacLean Construction is now a member of APM of companies, based in Charlottetown.

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