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300 Kenny Street
Sarnia, Ontario
N7T 7J2

Phone: (519) 383-7200
Fax: (519) 383-7800
Email: office@viprail.com

 

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Ross H. McEachran  MBA

Born and raised in Sarnia, Ross completed a full electrical apprenticeship with Ontario Hydro following his graduation from high school.  After obtaining his Interprovincial Electrician’s License in 1969, he then started his first company, Ross Enterprises, Welding and Fabricating. In 1974, he sold the company which operates today as Ross Steel Fabricators.

In 1975 Ross worked for Petrosar, (now Nova Corunna) performing electrical and welding inspection. After one year, Ross decided to seek out new challenges and began Sarnia Propane. This business encompassed distribution and service of propane and related equipment for industrial, commercial, agricultural and residential customers with a fleet of 25 trucks and service technicians.  Sarnia Propane has branches in Sarnia and Chatham.  Six months later Ross and a partner started Sarnia Welding Supply and subsequently a welding supply company in Windsor, eventually installing their own cryogenic system in Sarnia, for buying bulk oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide etc. and the filling of their own cylinders. In 1980, Ross purchased Sim Propane’s bulk business and trucks, effectively buying out his local competition.  In 1985 he sold his interest in Sarnia Welding Supply and became a major shareholder in College Park Estates at its inception, a 430 lot subdivision within the City of Sarnia. Ross was the successful candidate in 1992 winning an “Outstanding Business Achievement Award” from the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce in the entrepreneurial category.

In 1993 Ross was extended a great honour when he was asked by his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, to serve a 3 year mission (on a volunteer basis) as a Mission President in Las Vegas, Nevada. There he organized, taught and trained more than 200 missionaries at a time. He was also responsible to oversee 100 apartments, 56 cars and a complete office staff. His area encompassed all of Nevada, and little bit of California and Arizona. When his mission was completed, Ross was given special recognition by the leaders of the Church for his accomplishments.

Ross had chosen to sell Sarnia Propane upon receiving his mission call.  After returning to Sarnia, he purchased Bluewater Country Adult Leisure Living Resort with his son, Matthew.  By reorganizing and strategically changing it, they were able to increase sales dramatically.  One major change they instituted was switching from modular homes to custom built homes.  From 2001 T0 2006 Bluewater Country built an average of 30 houses per year using their own construction crews.  That makes them one of the largest builders in the Sarnia areaBluewater Country was the 2005 recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Awards for Outstanding Business Excellence and his son Matt won the Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Ross has also served on the Board of Directors for the VON and on committees of the Sarnia and District Chamber of Commerce. Other businesses that Ross acquired along the way include MacKenzie Milne Industrial Hardware, and the construction of several industrial buildings. In the spring of 2005 Ross, with his son Jonathan, purchased the old Fiberglas Canada Sarnia site from Owens Corning and commenced Vidal Street Industrial Park Inc.

In 2001 Ross was successful with the entrance exams at Queen’s University and entered the Executive MBA (Masters in Business Administration) program. He graduated from Queen’s University with his MBA in 2003.  Ross is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership.

Ross and his wife, Linda, have five sons.