One last house to move after 47 years

Bruce Brunger, who owns and operates Brunger Industries Ltd. outside Teulon, will move his last house from his property to Matlock on July 23 after 47 years in the business of moving houses and other buildings. (Photo submitted by Fern Brunger)

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After 47 years of working for the family business, Bruce Brunger will be making one last move before retiring later this year.

His Teulon-area business Brunger Industries Ltd. uses trucks to move homes and other buildings from one location to the other. On July 23, his final move will be a house from his own property to Matlock.

This house brings some memories for Brunger. Originally built as temporary housing during the construction of the Grand Rapids hydro dam, one of the sections was turned into a hall for the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church east of Narcisse. When Brunger was 10 years old, his grandfather placed a time capsule inside the concrete foundation. Fifty years later, Brunger later purchased the building and moved it onto his property where he renovated it into a house.

“I found the time capsule, which was in a copper pipe,” Brunger told The Interlake Spectator. “I haven’t totally opened it up, but it’s kind of interesting that it was 50 years to the day I was moving the building away.”

Brunger’s father Fred founded the business in 1958 when he was first hired to move a building for his brother from the Inwood area to Woodlands. He started to move other buildings since and business boomed. The business was later incorporated in 1972 with Bruce and twin brother Brian taking over the business after Fred’s passing in 1975. Bruce took over sole control of the business a short time later and has been involved with at least 2,000 moves with the business since childhood. Bruce also still remembers his first move — moving his playhouse across his yard on a tractor when he was 10 years old.

However, transporting a building is a complex process which require multiple individuals to pull off, from taking buildings off of their foundations to making arrangements with Manitoba Hydro and local police to transport it safely.

“Then you get it onto the site and you have to go through the ditches because you haven’t got a chance to provide a new crossing or it’s just not big enough. Then you have to get it close to the foundation and move it on top of the foundation and set it down,” Bruce said.

After the move, he said he would still like to do carpentry and other house renovations, but Bruce added he would rather go fishing instead of “talking about fishing.”