The Gemini Timeline

A glimpse into our incredible journey to today

1978

Gemini Machine Shop Management & Consultants Ltd. was founded by Herb Neitsch in a 1,500 square foot industrial condominium bay in Nisku, AB.

1985

Acquired more manual equipment and grew into a 3,000 square foot industrial condominium bay.

1991

Acquired more manual equipment and grew into a second 3,000 square foot industrial condominium bay.

1999

Herb’s shares were acquired by his son, Chris.

2003

Acquired more equipment and grew into a third 3,000 square foot industrial condominium bay.

2005

3 acres of land were acquired within the East Industrial section of Nisku.

2006

• Gemini built a new 15,000 square foot facility and moved from the industrial condominium bay location.

• Gemini purchased a significant amount of new manual & CNC machining equipment.

2007

Chris sold his shares to Diversity Technologies Corp and became a shareholder of Diversity as well as a member of their executive leadership team. (Diversity became Gemini’s parent company).

2009

Gemini purchased new, state of the art, CNC turning & milling equipment.

2010

Gemini purchased new, state of the art, welding & fabrication equipment.

2011

• Gemini began a 30,000 square foot expansion.

• Gemini launched its internal ISO 9001 Quality Management System.

2012

• Gemini completed the 30,000 square foot expansion.

• Chris repurchased 100% of Gemini shares back from Diversity Technologies Corp.

• Gemini purchased new, state of the art, line boring equipment.

• Gemini purchased new welding & fabrication equipment.

• Gemini obtained WCB COR certification.

2013

• Gemini obtained CWB Welding certification.

• Gemini obtained ISO 9001 QMS certification.

2014

• March: Gemini celebrates an exclusive agreement with China headquartered Kana Energy and SJ Petroleum as their authorized Canadian drilling rig, workover rig, and equipment service provider.

• November - The first rig is shipped from SJ Petroleum’s China based facility and received at Gemini Machine Works in Nisku, Alberta.

• December – Under the direction of Kana Energy, the first rig from SJ Petroleum is fitted to North-American standards by Gemini Machine Works, set up, and tested for use by Shell Canada.

2015

• January – Shell Canada receives the first completed rig package from the Gemini Machine Works, SJ Petroleum and Kana Energy partnership.

• July 31 – Gemini Machine Works acquires McKinney Machine, increasing Gemini's product list and service capabilities.