CALGARY—The ATCO Group of Companies is helping a southern Alberta First Nations community re-open a 20,000-sq.ft. manufacturing facility that builds housing for community members.
The company, through its ATCO Sustainable Communities Inc. subsidiary, said it will provide management and operations support to Blood Tribe Housing help build 24 townhouses for the community by March 2015.
“We are pleased to support the Blood Tribe’s initiative,” ATCO Sustainable Communities president Boris Rassin said in a statement.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to share ATCO’s expertise with the Blood Tribe and assist with (its) development of an ongoing manufacturing facility that will benefit the community in many ways.”
The re-opening of the manufacturing facility will provide as many as 40 full-time positions in management and production for local community members who will work alongside ATCO personnel in a job-shadowing program.
“This collaborative effort with ATCO will help us meet some immediate housing needs for our members as well as create a number of employment opportunities,” said Blood Tribe chief Charles Weasel Head. “The re-opening of this facility will also allow us to plan long-term housing projects for the community and offer our services to other clients who have shown an interest in our products.”
ATCO Sustainable Communities was launched in 2012 to provide pre-fabricated building solutions for indigenous and other remote communities in Canada.