In 1968 William (Bill) Rowe and Keith Broadhead began B&R Construction in Hay River, Northwest Territories. At that time, companies across the NWT would work to together on to get jobs done whether it was gravel hauling or road maintenance. In the early 70’s B&R bought 10 acres in downtown Hay River which now comprises the Hay River Mobile Home Park. This pivotal move paved the way for the rental property arm of Rowe’s Group of Companies. 1975 saw Bill’s two eldest sons; Mike and Jack, take the reins - and B&R officially became Rowe’s Construction.
In the early 1980’s highway contracts expanded the company to Fort Simpson and Inuvik – this presence also opened doors for general contracting across the North. The next three of Bill’s children; Becky, Owen, and Greg bought the Hay River Mobile Home Park in 1994. The name B&R was born again in 1997 with the construction of the B&R Rowe Centre in recognition of Bill and Rita - Bill’s wife.
Throughout the late 90’s the company saw diversification into the hospitality industry. In 2000, Mark, the youngest of Bill and Rita’s children, joined the company. Over the next decade, through the increased capacity of Rowe’s Group of Companies, they expanded into mine remediation.
Just as Bill and Rita’s children followed in their footsteps, now the third generation of the Rowe family is also assuming various roles within the company – ranging from partners to divisional managers. Rowe’s Group of Companies evolved through an inherent belief in collaboration, partnerships, and family. Today it employs 350 people, of which 90% are northerners. In addition to the many partnerships with First Nations, Rowe’s Group of Companies have been able to invest in communities – more than a business, it’s about family.