Full-service engineering and consulting firm MSR Solutions can handle a variety of projects relating to water services, industrial operations and more. (Facebook/MSR Solutions)

Full-service engineering and consulting firm MSR Solutions can handle a variety of projects relating to water services, industrial operations and more. (Facebook/MSR Solutions)

Buzz on Business: Engineers, craftspeople making it happen out west

Darcy Nybo introduces three area entrepreneurs

MSR Solutions Inc.

Mike Seymour started MSR Solutions Inc. back in 2009 at his kitchen table. This full-service engineering firm now makes their home at 125-662 Goldstream Ave. in Langford.

Their services include land development, wastewater treatment, water treatment, analysis, consultation, operations and maintenance. They’ve worked on projects across B.C. and are often called upon to consult on difficult projects.

Goldstream Gazette business columnist Darcy Nybo

“Our entire team has a passion for servicing sites that do not have water and sewer,” said Seymour, whose son, Cole, joined the team in 2020 as technologist. “I never expected my son to come into this field because as a child, he felt I worked too much. He didn’t understand the joy and fulfillment I got out of solving impossible engineering problems. Somewhere along the way he changed his mind. Now he’s hooked.”

MSR Solutions has employed five different Camosun graduate techs, including Cole, over the years. “I am blown away by the quality of their education,” Seymour said. For more info visit msrsolutions.ca.

VI Spectrum Digital & Photographic Ltd.

Sooke’s David Bloom has worked in and run photographic studios for a large portion of his life. He lived in New Zealand for 25 years and Australia for 12, then moved to Sooke three years ago. While he is mostly retired, he keeps very busy, he said.

Today, work is less about photography and more about fine art colour printing and signage.

“We have all the latest colour printers and can do up to 64 inches wide and pretty much as long as you want, within reason,” he said. “Everything I do is custom, nothing is standard. I make sure that every file I print turns out great. My clients want things like signage for their boats or cars, signage for businesses, banners, etc. I can print out photos from an iPhone, too. The largest I’ve done is three feet by seven feet, and it looked great.”

You can find VI Spectrum Digital and Photographic at 6693 Sooke Rd., next to Cathy’s Café. Find out more at spectrumdigital.ca

Classic Cedar

Ivan Hoetzel always wanted his own shop. He purchased Classic Cedar in 1988 from a neighbour in Coquitlam. He made furniture and worked in construction for a few years and then moved everything to Metchosin in 1991.

“What I love most about what I do is the commute,” Hoetzel said with a laugh. “I walk across the lawn.”

The other thing he enjoys is his customers. “People come to me and I get to make great products they love. I’ve had some clients for 30 years and some have become friends. I appreciate the interaction with the customers and making furniture that goes all around the world. I also love working with cedar, as it has vibrant colours and is challenging to work with. Most of the wood I get is from the coast and Vancouver Island.”

Classic Cedar has an outdoor showroom, open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with social distancing being practised. Visit in person at 4559 Morland Rd. or visit them online at classiccedar.com.

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