TRANSPORT Canada announced Thursday it has completed the opening of a manufacturing facility in Calgary that will create a 1,100 jobs.
The new manufacturing facility is scheduled to open in 2019.
Transtar Industries will manufacture industrial tools and equipment at its manufacturing site on the east side of the city.
The company also plans to begin the installation of an automated production line, which will allow for a significant increase in output per worker.
The announcement came after Transtar’s chairman and CEO, Ian Ritchie, told reporters that the company is excited about the potential for manufacturing to be part of Calgary’s economic future.
“It is really important to us that we get into this business in Calgary and create good jobs for people who are here, and we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to ensure that we can provide those opportunities,” he said.
Transport is an Australian company that has been operating in Alberta for more than a decade.
It has factories in Lethbridge, Edmonton, Calgary, and Saskatoon.
The business is not part of TranStar Industries, but is owned by its parent company, TranSTAR Corp., which is also based in Victoria.
TraneStar has been investing heavily in Calgary’s automotive sector, building its first car factory at its new headquarters on Stampede Drive.
It plans to build another factory in the city next year.
The city has been hit hard by the collapse of the oil and gas sector.
The number of jobs lost in the Alberta oil and oil-and-gas sector is about 4,400.
In February, Tranesport announced that it was expanding its presence in Calgary to increase its presence there.
The company is also looking at building new facilities in Edmonton and Regina.
Tranesport is also in talks to move its manufacturing operations to the United States.