Manufacturing – Invest Medicine Hat



Medicine Hat has a proud history of chemical manufacturing. Major employers included Methanex, CF Industries and Cancarb.

Regional Advantages

Medicine Hat has a proud history of chemical manufacturing. Major employers included Methanex, CF Industries and Cancarb.

Methanex’s Medicine Hat facility is the only commercial-scale methanol plant in Alberta and Canada. The annual production capacity at our Medicine Hat plant is 600,000 tonnes.

CF Industries‘ Medicine Hat complex is Canada’s largest nitrogen production facility with an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tons.

Cancarb is the only company dedicated to producing thermal carbon black and has an annual production capacity of 100 million pounds.

Industry Facts

In Alberta, this sector produced a total revenue of $14.5 billion in 2013 and represents one of the largest metal manufacturers in Canada. The three largest contributors are oil and gas field machinery (35.5%), architectural and structural metals (17.5%) and pumps and compressors (8.5 %). Manufacturing sales in Alberta are up 9.1% YTD in 2014. Manufacturing sales in Alberta reached $26 billion YTD in 2014. 138,500 people are employed in the manufacturing sector in Alberta. This industry is expected to account for 6.2% of total employment in Alberta in 2015.

Areas of expertise

The primary activities of Alberta’s industrial manufacturing sector show great potential for growth, building on existing expertise in areas that include:

Metal fabrication: This includes architectural and structural metals manufacturing; boiler, tank & shipping container manufacturing; coating, engraving, heat treating & allied activities; and machine shops, turned products & screw, nut & bolt manufacturing

Equipment Manufacturing: This includes agricultural, construction and mining machinery manufacturing; commercial and service industry machinery manufacturing; engine, turbine and power transmission equipment manufacturing; industrial machinery manufacturing; metalworking machinery manufacturing; other general-purpose machinery manufacturing; ventilation, heating, air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturing

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Canadian Manufacturing & Exporters

“Manufacturing and exporting are vital to the Alberta economy. In fact, Alberta has been the engine of growth of the manufacturing sector in Canada since the last recession. Manufacturing directly contributes over 7 per cent of provincial GDP, directly employs 145,000 Albertans and pays over $9 billion in salaries. The manufacturing sector has grown over the past decade and reached record shipments in 2014. However, Alberta has yet to reach its potential.”

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters