Manufacturing Centre of Excellence opens in Saskatoon
The manufacturing sector employs over 28,000 people in Saskatchewan, but officials have said it doesn't receive enough attention when compared to mining and farming.
That is why the is a Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence being built, aimed at closing the gaps and addressing critical impediments to growth in the industry.
Michelle Rempel, minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, was in Saskatoon to announce over $1.4 million in funding for the project.
Derek Lothian, president of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters group, says the centre in itself is filling a gap in support services and programming to get people interested in the industry.
He related the current situation to a three-legged stool where two legs are being maintained, but now it is time to take care of the third one. “The Centre of Excellence will provide Saskatchewan manufacturers with the resources, services and leadership necessary to compete and win in both domestic and global markets,” said Lothian.
“Manufacturers in this province are already recognized around the world as world-class, but as markets evolve, so do the demands of business. It is imperative that manufacturers have timely access to the supports, training and best practices they need to continue creating jobs, stimulating investment, and driving economic growth.”
Some of the products being manufactured here include parts being used in the aerospace and defence sector.