Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Driving Economic Recovery

“Alberta’s industrial heartland plays a central role in Alberta’s and Canada’s economic recovery,” said General Manager Mark Plamondon.

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On a sprawling 582 square kilometers of prime industrial land northeast of Edmonton, world-renowned manufacturers connect to some of Canada’s most advanced infrastructure and thousands of highly skilled workers from the base of world-class talent from Alberta.

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This is the region known as Alberta’s industrial heartland, a massive value-added energy cluster where people, infrastructure and natural resources are integrated to uniquely facilitate a transition to low-cost manufacturing. carbon emission.

“Industrial investments in this region are made because companies seek to achieve economic goals and environmental goals,” says Mark Plamondon, executive director of the Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) of Alberta. “And both of these things can be done right here in Alberta’s industrial heartland.

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World Class Opportunity

Alberta’s industrial heartland is located in parts of Lamont, Strathcona and Sturgeon counties, as well as parts of Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan.

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It is home to some of the world’s cheapest energy raw materials, advanced carbon capture technology, low-cost renewable energy, an extensive rail network and Canada’s largest carbon dioxide pipeline.

This state-of-the-art infrastructure, along with an elite pool of educated workers and significant business development supports, has already attracted dozens of leading companies to the industrial heartland – and there is still plenty of room to grow. develop.

“It’s recognized that there is a world-class workforce here,” says Plamondon. “The decades of operating experience in this region really adds value.”

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At Industrial Heartland’s proposed hydrometallurgical processing plant, Ontario mining company Fortune Minerals Limited plans to process cobalt and other minerals to make cathodes for lithium-ion batteries. PROVIDED

Connecting Alberta’s Skilled Workforce

Attracting world-class companies to Alberta’s industrial heartland is all about making connections. Just as a chemist combines disparate substances to form chemical bonds and releasing power, AIHA connects global manufacturers to unique equipment in the industrial heartland.

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Alberta’s skilled workforce is one of those key elements. The Industrial Heartland region employs highly skilled workers in more than 8,000 direct jobs and 30,000 indirect jobs, combining world-class talent with industries that have the potential to transform Canada’s energy future.

“The industrial facilities in this region are long-term assets that operate for decades and provide stable jobs and good, well-paying jobs,” says Plamondon. “The stability of the industrial core facilities adds value not only to the workforce, but also to the community. Stable economic activity in this region ultimately leads to resilient and growing communities.

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The goal is to be part of the transition to a sustainable future, and the industrial core exceeds global expectations for responsible development. PROVIDED

Connecting industry to energy transformation

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Alberta’s industrial heartland connects a globally recognized energy cluster — with more than 40 companies already operating in the region — to a world in search of new energy efficiencies.

The goal is to be part of the transition to a sustainable future, and the industrial core exceeds global expectations for responsible development.

“As this cluster continues to grow, it continues to add competitive advantages to the region,” notes Plamondon. “The outputs of one facility can become the inputs of another, and core infrastructure and utilities can be leveraged to enhance competitive advantage.”

A key example is the hydrometallurgical processing plant proposed by Industrial Heartland.

At this facility, Ontario mining company Fortune Minerals Limited plans to process cobalt and other minerals to make cathodes for lithium-ion batteries that power electric cars and portable electronics.

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In addition to helping with Canada’s energy transformation, it is believed to help address supply chain issues by reducing Canada’s reliance on minerals from other countries.

“Governments have recognized some significant gaps in our raw material supply chains,” said Robin Goad, President and CEO of Fortune Minerals. “We will process critical Canadian-sourced minerals that are essential to new technologies and enable the transition to a growing green economy.

“Our experience with the province, the [AIHA] and county have been extremely positive and welcoming,” he says. “Much of the preparation has already been done to attract companies and projects like ours.”

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Alberta’s industrial heartland connects a globally recognized energy cluster — with more than 40 companies already operating in the region — to a world in search of new energy efficiencies. PROVIDED

Connecting Alberta to Business Development

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Alberta’s industrial heartland connects $45 billion of existing capital investment to a region poised to meet global production needs.

It is estimated that 95% of the world’s manufactured goods depend on resources and infrastructure already available in the industrial heartland.

“We facilitate connections, so companies can accelerate their understanding of the region and speed up their assessment of their potential project,” says Plamondon. “There is tremendous collaboration between industry and municipalities in the industrial heartland, which helps build community support for industrial growth in this region.

As Canada transitions to a low-carbon future, manufacturers will need the kind of next-generation technology and resources available in the industrial heartland, ready to be exploited.

“Alberta’s industrial heartland plays a central role in Alberta’s and Canada’s economic recovery,” says Plamondon. “We are a region that can not only help companies achieve their economic goals, but also help them achieve their environmental goals. This makes this region a cornerstone of opportunity for the province for future growth.

To learn more, visit industrialheartland.com.

This story was created by content worksthe commercial content division of Postmedia, on behalf of the Industrial Heartland Association of Alberta.

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