Prairie Post (West Edition)

Southland announces expansion to build advanced manufactur­ing plant in Alberta


Lethbridge County has been selected by Southland Trailers as the site for the new manufactur­ing facility. The expansion is in part thanks to a $2.06 million boost from the Alberta government’s rural stream of the Investment and Growth Fund (IGF). The 85,000 square-foot advanced manufactur­ing plant in Lethbridge County will create 250 new jobs over the next three years, building on their existing 380-strong workforce. The new facility will integrate robotic processes that will allow Southland to double its cargo trailer production capacity from 20 per day to 41 per day.

A family-run Alberta business, Southland Trailers has grown to be one of the largest trailer manufactur­ers in North America. Southland’s expansion in southern Alberta reinforces Southland’s commitment to Alberta and grows Alberta’s innovative edge in manufactur­ing

Today’s announceme­nt is the result of close collaborat­ion between Southland, Lethbridge County, the Government of Alberta, and Invest Alberta, to fuel regional economic developmen­t. “Southland Trailer Corp. is thrilled to work with the Government of Alberta on our new expansion. We look forward on continuing to provide new job opportunit­ies and strive to make Southern Alberta a pinnacle in the manufactur­ing industry. The new jobs provided by this expansion will help boost Lethbridge’s economy and provide more opportunit­y to the people of Lethbridge. We look forward to bringing new team members of all skill sets to Southland Trailer Corp,” explained Monty Sailer, President and CEO, Southland Trailers.

“Many companies prepared to invest in new projects are seeking a proactive signal of commitment and support from government. A deal-closing incentive – regardless of amount – shows serious investors that investment attraction, and in particular high-impact investment­s that create meaningful jobs, is a high priority for the province,” noted Honourable Tanya Fir, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation.

“This investment is great news for our province and a prime example of the important role rural areas play in our economy. This is the first use of the fund’s rural stream, and I look forward to many more exciting, innovative investment­s in Alberta businesses outside larger centres,” noted Honourable Nate Horner, Minister of Agricultur­e, Forestry and Rural Economic Developmen­t.

“As rural Alberta is the province’s economic driver, the government’s announceme­nt of an additional five million dollars to attract investment and growth to rural communitie­s is great news. This funding will support more rural innovation, economic diversific­ation, and job creation. It will also further increase the profile of rural Alberta as a prime investment destinatio­n for companies seeking a strong workforce and willing municipal partners,” said Paul McLauchlin, president, Rural Municipali­ties of Alberta.

Southland Trailers is a homegrown Alberta success story, and their expansion is evidence of the opportunit­y for investment and growth in Alberta. Southland’s expansion in southern Alberta is another example of high-impact, high-value investment in Alberta that creates jobs, supports our local communitie­s, and grows Alberta’s innovative edge in manufactur­ing,” stated Rick Christiaan­se, Chief Executive Officer, Invest Alberta.

 ?? Photo contribute­d ?? Minister Tanya Fir and Minister Nate Horner, with Invest Alberta, Rural Municipali­ties of Alberta, and the Southland Trailer team.
Photo contribute­d Minister Tanya Fir and Minister Nate Horner, with Invest Alberta, Rural Municipali­ties of Alberta, and the Southland Trailer team.
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