As part of a fully developed supply chain for natural resource projects, manufacturing is one of the largest sectors in Prince George. While manufacturing activities in Prince George are mostly related to wood products, paper manufacturing, and pellet production, the sector also complements the growing mining, energy, and bioenergy industries with production demand for:
- Metal products
- Industrial chemicals
- Pulp and paper
- Pellets and biomass material
- Custom and specialized fabrication products
- Plastic goods
- Machinery and equipment repairs or refurbishment
- 3D design and prototype for Computer Numerical Control manufacturing
Chemical and specialty gas manufacturing in Prince George supplies products and solutions to the pulp and paper industry, resource-based sectors, and construction industry.
Companies producing manufactured products also benefit from Prince George's reliable access to regional and international markets via rail, air and two major highways.
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The manufacturing sector accounts for 3.2% of the business locations in Prince George and equals 8.3% of employment. The city is home to more than 180 fabricating and manufacturing businesses.
Prince George's manufacturing services support 7 mines in operation plus 2 current mining developments. The city's manufacturing industry could also play a role in 25 proposed mining projects and 51 major mineral exploration projects planned for northern BC.
Built at a cost of $25 million, the six-storey Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) is promoting secondary manufacturing of wood products in Prince George and the northern BC area. With $5.3 billion in softwood lumber was exported by BC in 2013 and approximately 3.1 million cubic meters of potential forest tenure available in northern BC for use as biomass for energy, the manufacturing sector continues to support wood product production, as well as the growing energy and bioenergy industries.
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You can also view the Supply Chain Connector database.
Education and training
The highly skilled and experienced local workforce in Prince George includes:
- Machinists with traditional fabrication skills
- People trained in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology and innovative techniques
Offering one of the lowest tuition rates in BC, enabling students and businesses to save thousands of dollars on the cost of education, the College of New Caledonia (CNC) provides Red Seal trades training in welding, machining, millwrighting, carpentry, power engineering and more.
The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), with annual enrollment over 4,000, is educating students in business, finance, human resources, marketing, engineering, computer science and related higher education majors that can complement the manufacturing process.
Manufacturing industry resources
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