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McKay-Cocker Today

Founded in 1946, our company has led the way in advanced technology and entered new markets while maintaining strong ties to our repeat clients and primary disciplines. 

Today, McKay-Cocker is owned by Fayolle Canada and is part of the MC Group of construction companies.  

The group also includes Magil Construction, a general contractor and construction manager, based in Quebec and British Columbia.


Our History

McKay-Cocker was formed January 26, 1946 by Col. Hugh McKay and Herb Cocker.  The company originally had four employees, yet quickly grew throughout the 1950's and 1960's expanding their offering and gradually becoming fully diversified construction services company.  Between 1955 and 1970 the company saw their revenue increase 500 percent and employed 24 in the office alone.  However, this growth was not without some losses. In 1961 the company lost Col. McKay.  Herb Cocker became president of the company with McKay's passing.  In 1964 McKay-Cocker was awarded a pre-engineered building franchise for the London area and our Design-Build Division was established, led by Vice President, Bill MacGregor.  Herb Cocker retired in 1974.  Bob McMurdo, Col. McKay's son in law became President, Bill MacGregor Executive Vice President and Fred Marshall Treasurer. Jock Tindale and his cousin Paul Cocker had joined the company in the 1960's. In 1991, Jock and Paul purchased the company. The new team with Jock as President and Paul as Chairman worked through a major recession and continued to diversify and grow. Jock's untimely death in 1997 was a major loss in the company. The existing internal structure allowed McKay-Cocker to immediately adjust and distribute responsibilities with the existing McKay-Cocker team.  The team consolidated with Paul Cocker, David Blake and Paul Shanks as principals, directors, and shareholders. Strong growth in many new sectors, delivery methods and business systems helped McKay-Cocker's team to move forward and become one of the pre-eminent construction firms in Ontario.  More specifically our design-build and construction management divisions have grown in sync as these delivery methods have gained prominence in the industry.

In September 2010 Fayolle Canada purchased the shares of McKay-Cocker and added our company to the existing MC Group of construction companies.  The group includes Magil Construction, a general contractor and construction manager, considered to be a top construction service provider across all sector in Quebec and British Columbia.  

This transition has provided additional financial depth to McKay-Cocker and this has opened greater opportunities for the company. 

 
 
 

Services

  • Special Projects

    Special Projects offers specialized construction crews made up of a variety of tradesmen, prompt efficient service; working closely with clients to complete your special project.

  • Construction Management

    Many of McKay-Cocker's projects utilize the construction management method. Owners choose McKay-Cocker for our excellent pre-construction services including budgeting, scheduling, constructibility review and trade tendering strategies.

  • Markets

    McKay-Cocker has always housed a full concrete division to self-perform or act as a forming subcontractor. On construction management projects, this provides a strong alternative service for forming.

  • LUMP SUM

    With roots in the Heavy Civil sector, McKay-Cocker is no stranger to hard bid projects. Our continuous success in this area acts a confirmation to our Design-Build and Construction Management clients that they are receiving true competitive value from our services.

  • DESIGN/BUILD

    Design-Build construction has been engrained in the McKay-Cocker philosophy, since our founding in 1946. Some of our greatest partnerships with clients, architects and subcontractors have been built on this method of construction.

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McKay-Cocker evaluates all of our projects to minimize the environmental impact that we will have during construction.