Canadian Manufacturing

Building products manufacturer Vicwest opens new Alberta plant

60,000 square-foot facility will create 45 jobs in Edmonton area



ACHESON, Alta.—Vicwest Inc., a building products company that makes steel roofing, exterior trim and a range of other home building products, has officially opened a new 60,000 square-foot manufacturing plant in the Edmonton suburbs.

The new facility will create 45 jobs in Acheson, Alta. and include a range of automated processes designed to optimize floorspace in the plant.

“We are thankful to be back in Alberta to service Western Canada, a region that only continues to grow,” Paul Lobb, the company’s president and general manager, said. “Our new ‘Centre of Excellence’ was built based on advanced quality manufacturing systems, and we are proud to introduce an innovative and more sustainable facility that truly keeps future generations in mind.”

Vicwest, which was taken over by Irish building materials firm Kingspan Group for $224 million last year, said it chose the the Edmonton area after two years analyzing the Western Canada building market. The company shut down its manufacturing operation in Delta, B.C. at the end of last year to make way for the new plant.

Now operating as a subsidiary Kingspan, Vicwest did not release the cost of the new facility.

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