Parker: Blackline Safety marks $100 million in annual revenue, 20th year of protecting workers around the world

Calgary-based Blackline Safety continues growth while marking 20 years of protecting workers around the world

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There’s lots of buzz about importing high-tech companies to Calgary and fostering startups to strengthen our position as a centre for innovation. And that’s good. But there are a number of homegrown businesses that have become world leaders in their field that are deserving of applause.

Blackline Safety was founded here in 2004. CEO and chair Cody Slater reports it has progressed to be a globally connected safety leader with a staff of more than 500 — 350 of whom work out of the Calgary head office in the former Dominion Bridge building along 24th Avenue S.E. in Ramsay. Others are in Blackline offices in Colchester, England; Lille, France; Sydney, Australia; Dubai, UAE; and Houston, Texas.

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Blackline has achieved a significant milestone in reaching $100 million in total annual revenue, recording its 27th consecutive quarter of year-over-year total revenue growth. In the fourth quarter of 2023, it reached $30 million total revenue, a 36 per cent increase over the previous year’s quarter.

Slater says 2023 finished strong, with growth in the United States increasing 89 per cent, while the Canadian market reported 12 per cent revenue growth and revenue from the rest of the world grew 14 per cent.

Among new business, it was awarded a $3.5-million contract by a leading North American energy company to protect more than 850 workers, and $1.3 million worth of contracts with Middle East energy companies.

Blackline is a technology leader in the industrial workforce, with connected devices and predictive analytics that enable companies to drive toward zero safety incidents and improved operational performance. It provides wearable devices, personal and area gas monitoring, cloud connected software and data analytics to meet demanding safety challenges with customers in more than 100 countries.

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More than 150,000 workers are monitored 24/7, resulting in reporting more than 226 billion data points and initiating more than seven million emergency alerts. Slater says the company purpose is to ensure every worker has the confidence to get the job done and return home safely.

Whether in a mine in Chile, a remote location in the Arctic or at a B.C. fish farm, Blackline’s technology is revolutionizing the safety of workers spanning industries such as oil and gas, petrochemical, food production, transportation utilities, or water and wastewater.

The market is huge.

The International Labour Organization reports that every 15 to 30 seconds, someone around the world dies from a work-related incident — 6,000 deaths per day. And the number of lone workers is growing.

Blackline protects against on-the-job hazards such as exposure to 26 different gases, falls and any other accidents in remote locations with use of its G7 connected wearable device that was introduced in 2017. Workers are never truly alone.

“No call is unanswered, no incident undetected,” Slater says.

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It’s good news for this city that all of the research, development and manufacturing for Blackline’s product line is the responsibility of its talented team of designers and engineers based in its Calgary office and plant.

Notes:

• A couple of Calgary homebuilders are proud to be selected to build stunning 2024 lottery homes. Trico Homes has announced it has constructed its seventh consecutive Stars Lottery grand prize home in the southeast community of Wolf Willow. The Riverside is an elegant four-bedroom home spanning 3,286 square feet, with mid-century modern-transitional design. Nestled in the heart of the northwest master-planned lake community of Harmony, Baywest Homes has built an exceptional 5,511-square-foot estate home for the winner of the 2024 Foothills Hospital Home Lottery.

• New Year’s Eve seems a ways back, but our Chinese community is eagerly awaiting the annual lunar celebrations. On Feb. 10, the Hong Kong Canada Business Association Year of the Dragon Gala will be held at Regency Palace, which also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the organization in Calgary. At the same venue on Feb. 24, the Sien Lok Society is celebrating its 55th Enter The Dragon gala dinner. Both are exceptional, traditional cultural events that all can enjoy.

David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at [email protected]

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