|Date Published||June 12, 2012|
|Company||Leadstone Group Inc.|
|Article Author||Andrea Turko|
|Article Type||Summer 2012 Issue|
Saskatchewan; the province associated with sprawling land that stretches as far as the eye can see, wheat fields, mineral deposits and the Rider Nation. Â But manufacturing? Â Â No, not many would add a burgeoning manufacturing industry to the list of what makes Saskatchewan great. Â Well they would be wrong.
Saskatchewan holds an incredibly competitive edge in the oil and gas manufacturing industry. Â Geared to deliver, Saskatchewan has achieved many world firsts. Â From dry land farming equipment to roadside scales and satellite equipment Saskatchewan is on the cutting edge of state-of-the art technologies and equipment.
These manufacturers pride themselves in being innovative and collaborative, working together to become world leaders at what they do. Â Made-in-Saskatchewan technologies like continuous mining equipment used in the potash industry and remote-controlled underground mining equipment as well as a wide range of other manufactured goods are largely exported out of the province to markets across Canada and around the world, deservedly earning Saskatchewan manufacturers their outstanding reputation.
Saskatchewanâ€™s vibrant manufacturing sector competes largely in the areas of:
Food and Beverage Processing
Machinery, Transportation & Industrial Equipment
New & Emerging Sectors
Fabricated Metal and Machinery
With nearly a third of Saskatchewanâ€™s manufacturing taking place outside of its two largest cities, there is a well-dispersed industrial base that has continued to grow over the years.Â With nearly 30,500 employees and $12.6 billion in manufacturing shipments in 2011, there was a 15.2% growth compared to 2010 due to very cost competitive manufacturing.
Saskatchewanâ€™s versatility to manufacture a variety of different products is what allows the industry to flourish in a prairie province known better for farming and football then for heavy weight manufacturers who successfully meet any customerâ€™s needs, be it locally or abroad.
Saskatchewan may not be a province of bustling concrete jungles and fast paced corporate life, but it is a core of hardworking people, building a name for themselves as world-renowned manufacturers worthy of international respect.
* Information sourced from Enterprise Saskatchewan