welcome to metal tech alley

We are world leaders in Metallurgical product development and materials science. We access materials that are not even on your radar yet. Our modern testing and 3D printing labs are cutting edge – we promise you can afford it.

Digital Fabrication and Advanced Materials/Metallurgy

We are building a Global Centre for
Digital Fabrication and Advanced

Learn more about leading companies in the region:

  • Teck Metals – leading producer of materials essential to the quality of life of people around the world – copper, zinc, steelmaking coal, and energy.
  • MIDAS – Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies (MIDAS) is an applied research, commercialization and digital fabrication training facility focused on the metallurgical sector.
  • Fenix Advanced Materials – a high technology company specializing in the manufacturing of ultra-high purity metals for use in the Solar Energy, Telecommunications, and Commercial & Military Infrared markets.
  • ABC3D – Advanced BioCarbon 3D is developing a product line of bio derived carbon, industrial grade materials for 3D printing.
  • Across the Board Creations – transforming your ideas into a creative reality, their facility can mill numerous types of material from wood, plexiglass, aluminum, stone, foam, wax and more.

Recycling and Circular Economy

We are the only major center of
its kind for Industrial Recycling

Learn more about leading companies in the region:

  • KC Recycling – the largest lead acid battery recycler in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the United States. KC Recycling processes e-waste and cathode ray tube glass, and sell all of the commodity by-products generated.
  • Retriev Technologies – with a reputation as global leaders in battery recycling and management, Retriev is a knowledgeable and diverse battery recycling company. Their track record in research and development, supreme client service and the highest level of environmental compliance demonstrates their commitment to best recycling practices.

Technology and Innovation

We are advanced leaders in
Internet of Things and Industrial Data

Learn more about leading companies in the region:

  • i4C Innovation Centre – a fundamental link between IIoT industry gaps and rapid commercialization of metals related products who will be concentrating on advanced acceleration and mid-level manufacturing of microelectronics for IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) products.
  • Aretas Sensor Networks – provides flexible continuous monitoring, reporting and alerting solutions for everything from gases, to voltage, to pressure or even radiation. Aretas works to build custom solutions for your needs, whether that be risk mitigation, legal compliance, efficiency, research, or identifying industrial system issues.
  • Astra Earth – an Augmented Business Intelligence System focused on examining interactions between human, environmental, and engineered systems to contribute to solutions for complex challenges in organizations at all levels.
  • thoughtexchange – bringing people together with a new way to lead challenging conversations about things that matter, providing software and professional services to lead productive group conversations with a balance of confidentiality, transparency and structure.
  • Qfinsoft – has years of consulting experience in thermodynamics, fluid flow and combustion processes. These technical capabilities have lead to the development of commercial products and simulation software packages, empowering engineers and designers to succeed with their designs.
  • MIDAS – Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies (MIDAS) is an applied research, commercialization and digital fabrication training facility focused on the metallurgical sector.
  • D-Pace – is well-versed in the special details associated with designing accelerator-related equipment, areas of expertise include beamline systems, beam diagnostic devices, and ion sources for research, industrial, and commercial accelerator systems.
  • ATCO Wood Products – is a leading producer of softwood veneers and related by-products, specializing in custom softwood veneer for plywood and engineered wood products customers in Canada and the United States.
  • Pacific Insight – is a world-class supplier, servicing the global transportation industry and innovating today’s leading LED lighting systems and electronics. Pacific Insight technologies are showcased in preeminent automotive products.
  • KAST – fosters a culture that values science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. KAST offers business development services, including coaching, expertise, training, and development projects to stimulate the growth of applied science and technology entrepreneurship.
  • Valhalla Technologies – a full service mechanical design firm, specializing in SolidWorks 3D Design, implementation, training and tech support.
  • Spearhead Inc – is a multi-faceted, value-added manufacturing company that specializes in the design and fabrication of architectural timber and steel. All projects are developed using BIM software to achieve fabrication-level digital models which interface directly with CNC machinery.
  • Drop Designs – sitting between Engineering and Manufacturing and understanding the demands and properties of both industries, Drop has an extensive range of sprockets and components and offers precise manufacturing services for your product. This company is versatile and flexible, geared towards Industrial manufacturing.
  • Columbia Steel Fabrication & Welding – this dedicated team of experts offers accurate and precise fabrication and welding services, crafting durable products that meet the requirements of your project.
  • MoFab – a fabricating and welding shop that offers cnc plasma/oxyfuel cutting and design, tube bending and design, light industrial welding and fabricating, mobile welding, steel and aluminum sales.
  • I/O Design & Engineering – designs machinery and components for heavy industry; excelling at solving problems and developing cost effective engineered solutions. Services includes designing automated equipment to troubleshooting and redesigning existing mechanical equipment.
  • Able Plasticsa full service plastics and fiberglass shop that manufactures pipes and other plastic and fiberglass based products that are custom built to your specific needs.
  • Beaver Falls Machining – provides machining, fabrication and welding services as well as steel, welding supply and cylinder gas sales to the private sector and major industries including mining, sawmill, pulp mill and recycling companies.
  • XL Quality Industrial Services – encompasses a wide spectrum of industry services, including but not limited to Precision Machining, Welding, Fabricating, Sand Blasting and Industrial Coating Applications.
  • WildCAT Precision Measurement – with investment in the highest quality Leica optical measuring equipment, and experience in the use and application of optical and laser measurement technologies, and more recently the revolutionary Paralign roll alignment system, WildCAT is well positioned to solve your alignment or measurement problem.
  • Kodiak Measurement Services – an industrial leader in metrology services and 3D laser scanning. Client base includes every major industry including pulp and paper, oil and gas, aerospace, hydro-electric, ship building, bulk materials storage and handling, various consultants and surveyors, as well as multiple ministries of government.
  • Harrier Aerial Surveys – Specializes in unmanned area vehicle (UAV) remotely sensed image aquisition and processing. With experience working with both GIS specialists and industry professionals requiring full geospatial solutions.
  • CAN-AM Industrial – Development, manufacture and market innovative safety products that focus on worker protection
  • Nueva Innovations – Designs and builds concentrating equipment to extract minerals, rare earth oxides and precious metals from beach sands, river gravels, glacial deposits and paleo-gravel formations.  Including the design of extraction processes for target minerals typically found in the renewable energy sector.
  • Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC) – The Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC) is a leading-edge research centre specializing in geospatial technologies to aid in solving critical issues pertaining to environmental and socio-economic problems.
  • Tursa Group – A virtual IT company that employs all the latest technologies and “best practices” to help you build an organization that lets you lead the life you want. We leverage Cloud based technology to help drive down IT support costs.

Service Supply Chain

Our integrated innovative sectors
are supported by one of the largest
industrial Service Supply Chain clusters

Learn more about leading companies in the region:

  • Bear Environmental Limited – Environmental Consulting Services: site assessment, risk assessment, remediation, auditing, permits, and authorizations
  • CIMS Ltd – Providing services in industrial construction and maintenance in oil and gas, mining and pulp and paper industries.
  • Columbia Filter Ltd – Filters of all types and sizes, with the largest inventory in the interior. Focusing on industrial and commercial air and fluid filtration using specialty filter medias.
  • Columbia Power Corporation – Crown corporation charged with the production and management of four power generation companies and facilities throughout the West Kootenays.
  • Columbia Wireless – Internet Service Supply Chain with wireless and fibre infrastructure across the West Kootenays.
  • FortisBC – Supplies natural gas and electricity and piped propane to businesses and homes in British Columbia
  • Gold Island Consulting – Socioeconomic research and analysis, program and project evaluation, and strategic planning services.
  • Golder Associates – Consulting, design and construction in the areas of earth, environment and energy.
  • Green Light Communications – Delivers handcrafted, bespoke digital products: websites, e-commerce solutions, apps, and digital installations. As well, they provide service support for commercial business and repair for consumer phones, tablets and computers.
  • Hatch Ltd. – Hatch is a multidisciplinary professional services firm that delivers a comprehensive array of technical and strategic services, including Consulting, Information Technology, Engineering, Process Development, and Project and Construction Management to the Mining, Metallurgical, Energy, and Infrastructure sectors.
  • Hil-Tech Contracting Limited – General contracting, design build, project management and pre-construction assessment spanning commercial, institutional, industrial and custom residential areas.
  • I9 Design – Multimedia production, specializing in branding, marketing, photography, video, and WordPress web development.
  • Interfor – One of the largest lumber producers in the world. Interfor’s sawmilling operations have a combined manufacturing capacity of over 3 billion board feet of lumber with sales to North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
  • Kalesnikoff Lumber Co Ltd. – Offers over 1000 different products in both custom and standard dimensional lumber from dimensional lumber to dimensional timber, clears and commons, standard runs in addition to specialty custom cuts.
  • Kays Road Contracting Ltd. – A full service excavation company specializing in residential and light commercial work.  Equipment includes a mini excavator, skid steer loader, 3-tonne roller, excavator hoe rack, walk-behind plate packers, pickup truck, single-axle dump truck, flat deck trailers and more.
  • Mandala Custom Homes – Design and construction of unique dwellings that are round, healthy and energy efficient.
  • Mountain Station Consultants – Environmental engineering consultant specialising in fisheries and water resources. MSC has clients in all levels of senior and local governments, First Nations, industry, utilities and academia in British Columbia and Alberta.
  • Redwood Engineering Ltd. – Consulting in civil engineering and structural engineering, mechnical and piping engineering, both in pre-construction and construction phases.
  • Rossland Binding Company – Bringing modern technology to ski equipment, currently specializing in remote release ski binding development.
  • Secure By Design – ADSL, Cable, and Fibre internet access and web site hosting and maintenance.
  • Selkirk Truss – Sales and manufacturing in engineered floors and roof truss systems for residential and commercial buildings.
  • SNC Lavalin – End-to-end services in engineering and consulting for infrastructure, mining & metallurgy, oil & gas, and power.
  • True Consulting Engineers – Civil engineering and planning consulting services with a focus on water systems, roadways, drainage, and waste management.
  • Urban Systems – Professional consulting, with an inter-disciplinary team working with governments, indigenous communities, private industry, and non-profit organizations.
  • Venture Mechanical Systems – Commercial, industrial and mechanical plumbing and pipe fitting. Including HVAC and refrigeration emergency service and repair.
  • West Kootenay Mechanical – Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Mechanical work.
  • Zellstoff Celgar – Northern bleached softwood kraft pulp sold globally with key markets in China and United States. In addition, bio-energy (eco-certified) green energy production providing all the power to the mill with a surplus sold to the local grid: enough to power 20 000 homes.
  • GWIL Crane Services – GWIL Crane Service is the premier provider of mobile crane rental service in British Columbia with over 40 years of proven performance
  • Chinook Scaffolding Systems – Chinook Scaffolding will custom build the size of scaffold you need and the volume you require for the job. All this is done within your time constraints without compromising the quality and professionalism that is expected.
  • Benson Oil – Fuel and Lubrication Services.
  • Kootenay Technical Surveys – Experienced and highly qualified surveyors.
  • Selkirk Security – Residential, industrial and commercial security systems, specializing in access control, surveillance, intercoms, burglar and fire alarms and more.
  • Selkirk Paving – Selkirk paving specializes in aggregate production, road building and asphalt paving with numerous customers for highway, municipal, commercial and residential construction projects.
  • Amec Foster Wheeler – Consultancy, engineering, project management, operations and construction services, project delivery and specialized power equipment services.
  • Austin Engineering – Austin Engineering Ltd.’s (AEL) team offers geotechnical, civil, structural and hydrotechnical engineering. They provide responsive, high-quality engineering for commercial and industrial clients, municipal governments across BC, BC Hydro, Nelson Hydro, FortisBC Inc., and Columbia Power Corporation.
  • WSP Canada Inc – Engineers, scientists, technicians, consultants and academics. We work together to provide the most effective and sustainable solutions for our clients.
  • Terra Erosion Control – Canadian environmental services company consulting and specializing in the field of biotechnical slope stabilization/soil and ground bioengineering solutions to erosion and sediment control, riparian restoration, storm water outfall protection, mining, and industrial reclamation.
  • Selkirk College – Applied Research and Innovation Centre – Through the Applied Research & Innovation Centre, Selkirk College offers support for community and industry partners, faculty, and students engaging in applied research activities.
  • Community Futures Greater Trail – Community Futures of Greater Trail fosters local entrepreneurs through all phases of business from the pre-startup phase to the expansion of existing business. We offer entrepreneurial programs and training, business counselling, loan programs and a business library of resource material to people interested in expanding or starting a business. We also promote, co-ordinate and implement a wide variety of community economic development initiatives within the region.
  • Basin Business Advisors – Owners of existing businesses and social enterprises in the Columbia Basin can access the Basin Business Advisors (BBA) program, which provides free, one-to-one, confidential business advisement services, workshops and other resources.
  • Interoute Construction – Interoute Construction is a regional group of 4 companies servicing the Kootenay market, in South East British Columbia. Operating through a network of regional profit centers, it is present in the West Kootenays in Grand Forks, Trail, Castlegar, Crescent Valley, Nelson and the East Kootenay in Cranbrook, Invermere, Golden, Revelstoke and Salmon Arm. We are a vertically integrated company, controlling materials, production plants, and resources in people and equipment to integrate them into our projects.
  • Nelson Ready Mix – Nelson Ready Mix has been providing ready mix concrete and aggregates to customers in the West Kootenays for more than 25 years. With our modern fleet of mixers, we deliver throughout the region, including to Nelson, Crescent Valley, Kaslo, Slocan, Salmo, Fruitvale, and other communities.
  • Castlegar Ready Mix – Castlegar Ready Mix has been providing ready mix concrete and aggregates to customers in Castlegar, Trail, and the surrounding Slocan Valley area for more than 25  years.
  • Trail Ready Mix – Trail Ready Mix has been providing ready mix concrete and aggregates to customers in Castlegar, Trail, and the surrounding Slocan Valley area for more than 25  years.