Manufacturing a turnaround – Invest Medicine Hat

Manufacturing a turnaround

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Medicine Hat’s industrial sector keeps pace with optimistic economic forecasts.


Hranco Industries, a welding and fabrication company, is doubling its workforce as Medicine Hat’s manufacturing sector bounces back from recession.

“We’re seeing an increasing amount of industrial work orders,” says Cody Millington, president, Hranco Industries. “To keep up with demand, we’re hiring 15 more welders and pre-apprentices.”

With 20 years of experience, Hranco offers a full suite of services including welding, fabrication, sandblasting, and painting, operating out of a 32,000 square foot facility with 10 ton overhead lift capacity.

The company’s move to hire more skilled tradespeople is part of a province-wide trend, according to the Royal Bank of Canada, which recently adjusted Alberta’s GDP growth forecast from 2.1% to 2.9%, largely based on double-digit sales gains in the manufacturing sector.

The Conference Board of Canada, meanwhile, projects that Medicine Hat’s real GDP will grow by 2.7% in 2017, the strongest rate among eight cities included in the study.

“Medicine Hat’s unemployment rate is hovering in the 5% range,” says Ryan Jackson, chief executive officer, Invest Medicine Hat. “We are coming out of the recession now and people are going back to work.”

In recent months, Atlantis Research Labs, Red Arc Manufacturing, and Dynamic Industrial Solutions have announced new job opportunities in order to meeting growing demand.

Locally, the labour market is driven by major commercial construction, improved activity across the Western Sedimentary Basin, CFB Suffield, and the Brier Park petrochemical processing cluster.

“We are working on local projects as well as filling orders for clients in the fertilizer and petroleum industries,” confirms Millington. “We’re hiring experienced technicians, welders and apprentices, and encourage people interested in learning the trade to apply.