A History of Jakes

A History of Jakes

Our company began in 1991 as Jake’s Bobcat Service, when Jake Klaassen started his one-man Chilliwack-based contracting business. Long hours, back-breaking work and good old-fashioned problem solving, were the norm.

Fall 1991 – After years of work in residential construction and looking for opportunity, 19 year-old Jake Klaassen starts a new job with A&C Bobcat Services, Chilliwack BC, and begins his civil construction career.

Winter 1991 – Jake decides to go on his own and purchases a Bobcat skid steer with a $923 monthly payment – Jake’s Bobcat Services is born.

Friend Richard Timmers introduces Jake to Ralph Rosse, former EAC manager and owner of Mallard Construction – Mallard hires Jake for various small jobs.

October 1993 – with Ralph’s business experience and Jake’s street smarts, the two decided to pool resources and a form a new company – over dinner at Banners Restaurant in Chilliwack, Jake’s Contracting begins.

Spring 1994 – Jake’s Contracting is awarded a significant job in Courtney BC on Vancouver Island, for Fred & Bill Tunbridge – the company relocates to nearby Royston and subsequently to Qualicum Beach.

Productive capacity increases with the acquisition of its first excavator – a 1994 Hitachi EX150 purchased from Wajax Industries, Langley BC.

Spring 1995 – First $1.0M contract awarded by the Town of Qualicum Beach – Rupert Road Phase 1 and future phases; a 3.2 km two-lane highway.

Summer 1998 – with the family homestead being far away, and with First Nation and Fraser Valley growth opportunities abounding, Jakes relocates back to Chilliwack.

Progressing with quality, Jake adds estimation, construction and accounting/finance expertise to manage growth and capitalize on new opportunities.

Fall 2005 – First $5.0M contract – Jakes Contracting is proud to complete the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) runway 07/25 extension for the City of Abbotsford.

2007 – In keeping with the tradition of building a family business, Jake’s children begin employment with the company.

Summer 2008 – to position the company for growth as a premier civil construction partner, Jake’s Contracting (456355 BC Ltd.) evolves to Jakes Construction Ltd. – Capable, Resourceful and Committed.

Spring 2010 – Jakes Construction is awarded its largest job to date – $20M+ – contracted again by the City of Abbotsford for the Abbotsford International Airport, Jakes installs a new taxiway flanking runway 07/25 and an expanded apron to service the newly renovated terminal building.

Spring 2012 – Jakes Construction partners with Seabird Island Band to form Stqo:ya Construction LP – Stqo:ya is strategically positioned to capitalize on civil construction opportunities exclusively available to First Nation contractors.

2013 – Jakes Construction celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

2017 – Hwy  1 – 216th: biggest job to date, $46 million project awarded to Jakes Construction.


2018 –  Jakes Construction celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an employee family day

2018 – Building on 25 years. Jakes Construction celebrates twenty five years of growth and hundreds of successfully completed projects throughout British Columbia.