Wilkinson Erosion Control Ltd. was started in the 1986 by Paul and Elliot Wilkinson in response to severe lakefront erosion problems along the Lake Erie shoreline. The family cottage at Peacock Point, Ontario had experienced insidious encroachment of the lake since the early 1970's through a combination of high water levels and storm driven wave scour. This prompted the matriarch of the family, Ruth Wilkinson to seek a contractor to provide shoreline protection. Local excavating contractors were approached but shoreline protection was not high on their list of priorities so a plan was developed to procure the materials through the family owned precast concrete manufacturing company, transport them to the site using company crane trucks and construct the gravity based retaining wall at the base of the bluff using a independently contracted excavating company. The resulting wall was so successful in protecting the property during the December storms of 1985 that the neighbours approached us to construct a wall for them. A review of the economics of the installation and the obvious enormous demand for the service encouraged us to purchase a brand new excavator and start into business in April of 1986. We have continued to provide shoreline protection services continually since then, incorporating updated materials and methods of installation. Wilkinson Erosion Control Ltd. has grown to provide in addition to our specialty, lakefront shoreline protection, general excavating services, sale and distribution of Stelco produced slag products, and precast concrete manufacturing. Our precast concrete operation operates out of our yard at 79 Haldimand Road 55, Nanticoke, Ontario, a former ready mix concrete facility, and produces traffic control products such as 'jersey' barriers, utility vaults and retaining wall blocks. Elliot Wilkinson, a business graduate of McGill University and University of Western Ontario manages yard based operations and administrative duties while Paul Wilkinson is contracting operations supervisor.
Wilkinson Erosion Control Ltd. operates with a core contingent of 3 employees and maintains various pieces of equipment suitable to completing its services.