A major timber manufacturer is building a new plant in Abbotsford that will employ around 100 people, including 40 newly hired workers.
The business is moving and expanding from Delta, according to a City of Abbotsford committee report, which says the new building “will be the first industrial building of its kind in Abbotsford.”
The 40 new jobs will be predominantly engineers and carpenters, the report says.
The facility will construct “dowel laminated timber,” which the company says is a value-added softwood product that won’t be subject to duties or tariffs imposed through a softwood lumber agreement.
StructureCraft has previously been involved in the construction of many major Canadian projects, including the Richmond 2010 Olympic Skating Oval and the expansion of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
The facility is expected to officially open in late August.
The city’s economic development department also reported on several other prospective upcoming projects at a recent meeting of Abbotsford’s business, innovation, growth and attraction committee.
Vitalus Nutrition has undertaken an expansion that should be “fully operational by the end of October.”
Thirty new positions are expected to be created, although the company has been struggling to fill skilled labour positions, according to the report. Last year, the federal government provided Vitalus with a $10 million loan to commercialize an unused milk byproduct.
The report says a local food processor is also set to expand operations in Abbotsford, a new bar/nightclub franchise chain has been exploring entering the Canadian marketplace, and a business recently relocated from India to Abbotsford following a business event.
Finally, the report notes that two doctors are looking to set up an urgent-care facility that “would greatly assist in taking the pressure off our ER department with not-so-critical cases such as stitches, X-rays, etc.”