Clark touts jobs plan at Alpine Aerotech
Sep 27, 2013 / 5:12 pm
The Premier was touring the Okanagan on Friday touting her jobs plan in Penticton, before a stop in West Kelowna where Alpine Aerotech has teamed up with Argus Properties on a new facility.
It was the grand opening today for the 16,000 square foot space, which will be used as a manufacturing plant.
“For years we were crammed into one building and in the last three years it became so crowded that we could hardly move in the building,” said Jim Campbell, president of Alpine Aerotech.
“Having this new facility, where we’ve moved our manufacturing department out, now we have more room in our other facility for repair and overhauls. We can grow that business more and create some more jobs and we have more space here to manufacture more parts.”
Premier Clark congratulated Campbell and the rest of the Alpine Aerotech team for their innovation, invention and imagination that created some of the products that make it safer to fly in a helicopter.
“Because of companies like this one, more British Columbians will be going to work every single day,” said Clark, adding that her government hopes to create one million new jobs over the next 10 years.
“We need to make sure that the people who were born and raised here, people who are citizens here, get first crack at those jobs. That means we have to make sure people are well trained to take them. And companies like this one cannot grow unless you have a skilled workforce to take those jobs.”
She says that will only happen once students get better access to trades training in high schools and junior high.
Alpine Aerotech now employs over 100 workers in the aviation industry workforce.
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