were part of the Edmonton International Airport expansion
a decade or so ago.
“We ended up becoming the sole supplier there for a number
of years,” he said, adding that in the end, Mixcor provided
more than 700,000 tons of gravel for the airport projects.
“It was a huge job and it worked out really well.”
Terry says one of his dad’s favourite projects was when
Richie Bros. Auctioneers built its current location in Nisku,
“He was really instrumental in pulling together the major
aggregate suppliers in the area that all wanted to be a part of
that project,” Terry said.
Three years ago, both Lorne and Tina were recognized
for their significant contributions to the Alberta construction
industry, receiving an honourary lifetime membership
from the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction
Association. In Terry’s recollection, it was the first time the
award was presented to a husband and wife team.
Terry says his parents did a staged retirement and Lorne
and Tina will drop in from time to time to see how the business
is doing and visit with company staff.
“It’s something that they still do,” he said. “They come into
the office every week or so to see what’s going on.”
Terry says his father was somewhat of an innovator in
the aggregate industry, describing Lorne as a farm kid who
had real ‘get it done’ attitude that translated into the way he
In 1972, Lorne introduced the tandem-axle gravel hauling
trailers known as “pups” to the local market, and two years
A N N I V E R S A RY
Lorne and Tina Mix
started the business
with a signle-axle
later, L&T became one of the first users of the tri-axle wagon
for hauling aggregates in the area. In 1984, Lorne designed
a unique quad-axle wagon for gravel hauling, and he later
introduced the B-train side dump unit that improved the
performance and efficiency of the L&T fleet.
Terry says his dad’s ingenuity has been a key part of the
family business’s success.
“He was good at seeing things in different areas and figuring
out how they made sense for the business, like developing
bigger trailers for longer distances,” he said. “He would
never shy away from an interesting project or something that
was really challenging.”
Terry says while one of dad’s main strengths was being
an excellent “idea man,” his mother played a pivotal role in
making sure the family business ran smoothly.
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