Abalone was founded in 1983 by Terry and Maxine Chalupa. What started out as a business with one machine operated by Terry himself has grown into a company with over 200 pieces of equipment and a staff of up to 400 people.
We’re known for the superior quality of our work, but what truly sets Abalone apart is honesty. At every stage of every project, we tell the truth point blank. It’s the quickest way to creating success in what we do.
Abalone Construction is a leading civil construction contractor. We service industrial, infrastructure, land development and municipal markets in Alberta. With a robust fleet of well-maintained heavy equipment, and an experienced team on all levels, our superior adherence to safety and keen eye for detail allow us to efficiently complete projects for our clients.
When Abalone was created in 1983, times were tough. The stressed nature of the economy made starting a business a risky venture. The Chalupas knew that it would take a miracle to pull it off. Being of faith, Maxine told Terry that only God could help them in this situation.
Maxine and Terry were inspired by the word ABBA, derived from the common Hebrew word, (ab), meaning ‘father’, and used it to help create the company’s name.
The duo also felt very strongly about starting a company without partners because this would allow them to grow it according to their own standards. They wrote down ‘ALONE’ as the next piece of the name, to represent their independence.
The name was almost complete. ABBAALONE. A company started alone with the help of God. After a few cosmetic adjustments, ABALONE was born.
Abalone was founded and built on faith. The Christian symbol of a ram is used to represent that. By definition, the ram is a symbol of Christ—the herd leader. In a general sense, the ram is used as a symbol for strength.
“Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly. Whatever it takes. No Explanation, No Excuses.”