Makkinga Equipment Rentals began in 1989 when John Makkinga put everything on the line and took a huge risk mortgaging his family home to start his own business.  He used those funds to purchase, which was at that time, the largest excavator in Northwestern Ontario; a 3500 Insley Excavator, and the rest is history.

John’s industry experience and strong work ethic helped him build the company, now operating as Makkinga Contractors, a thriving civil contracting company based in Thunder Bay, Ontario that specializes in sewer and water work construction, widely recognized for their quality of work and stringent safety standards.

“Of importance to any construction project, is a commitment of the contractor to meet or surpass the owners and consultants expectations of the final product delivered. We can state, without reservation, that on all projects, Makkinga Contracting & Equipment Rentals has worked diligently to ensure these expectations are met.

In our opinion, Makkinga Contractors is one of the premier water, sewer and roads contractors in North Western Ontario. They are a contractor we strongly recommend owners include on any invitational tender for this type of work.”

Greg Parent, P. Eng. (KEEWATIN-ASKI LTD)

What started as a one-man operation with a 3500 Insley Excavator, has transformed into a prosperous family owned business with over 70 employees and one of the most impressive fleets in the region.

When Makkinga Contractors isn’t moving equipment to their project sites, they provide heavy equipment rentals and floating services with operators to construction companies in the region.

“We have worked with Makkinga Contractors for close to five years, and they consistently provide excellent service.  Their experienced operators make working with them a great experience, and leave us feeling confident our shipment is in great hands.   We would recommend them to anyone needing float services in the area.”

Chelsea Fitz-Gerald (CF- TH Logistics Inc., An Independent Agent of Landstar)

Industries We Serve:

Makkinga Contractors provide contracted civil contracting services and heavy equipment rentals to:

  • Municipalities
  • Public/Private Sectors
  • Land Developers
  • Engineering Firms
  • General Contractors
  • Commercial & Residential

There’s a reason Makkinga Contractors continue to pick up the largest projects in Northwestern Ontario.  They train and invest in good people because they like to retain their talent.  

I have just recently celebrated my 18th anniversary working as an employee of Makkinga Contractors. During that time, I have witnessed an abundance of positive growth and change, and I believe it is the willingness to grow and change that lead to the strength and success of this dynamic company. Working in such an encouraging environment has provided me with the opportunity to learn, grow and expand my knowledge of the sewer and water construction industry.

I look forward to spending the remainder of my career with Makkinga Contractors, and being part of their future growth and success.”

(Office Manager - Wendy Glena)

Their teams are well-managed, experienced and trained before they set foot on your site, which is why the majority of their projects are delivered on time and budget.

If you would like more information on how Makkinga Contractors can help you, please contact our office.