Metal Tech Alley, Home to Innovative Supply Chains

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Metal Tech Alley’s integrated innovative sectors are supported by one of the largest industrial supply chain clusters in Western Canada. Bespoke digital services, environmental science, hydrotechnical, machining, manufacturing of ultra-high purity metals, sandblasting, and battery recycling are just a few of the services available in the Metal Tech Alley supply chain.  Our diverse landscape is matched only by the unique, quality driven companies found across the West Kootenays located in the South-Eastern corner of the Province of BC.  Offering services to commercial, industrial and municipal governments many Metal Tech Alley companies are global in size, bringing far reaching resources and expertise to their customers.  We are attracting innovation leaders daily to help new and established companies operate to their full potential.

For over 50 years, local innovation leaders like Amec Foster Wheeler’s Eric MacFarlane, Director of Operations Trail Mining, has been thriving in the region.  “We offer engineering, design, and project management services for the mining industry mainly, but for most industries if the conditions are right. Our specialties are electrical, civil, structural, and mechanical engineering” says MacFalane. With its 160+ years of history and operations in more than 55 countries, Amec offers specialised services to its customers worldwide, and has locally worked on almost every significant project Teck has completed in the last 50 years – Amec Foster Wheeler

SNC Lavalin is another strong presence in the region.  With offices in 50 countries and operations in 160 countries, they are one of Canada’s largest engineering firms and have been operating out of Trail since 2008.  SNC Lavalin’ service include infrastructure, mining and metallurgy, oil and gas, and the power sector (hydro, nuclear, renewables, thermal power generation, electrical power delivery systems) as well as providing environmental Consulting Services on soil testing and remediation programs as part of the Trail Area Health and Environment Program.  When asked about working and living in the area, SNC Lavalin Project Scientist Andrea McCormick said “It is a perfect combination of interesting and challenging work in an incredible and beautiful place to live.” – SNC Lavalin

Golder Associates is also another global environmental engineering company operating in the region. The 100% employee-owned company offers a full range of ground engineering and environmental science services and specializes in fisheries and water resources to ensure the region and their scientific and engineering approaches balance the interests of industry, government, and the local community – Golder Associates

These are just three examples of the companies operating in the Metal Tech Alley supply chain.  To learn more about what services are available, check out the METALS MAP, an invaluable resource created to aid and inform those looking for services, or to operate in the region.  It currently features 77 companies broken into 4 pillars of expertise, all showcased in 1 easy-to-navigate platform.

Metal Tech Alley is the new game-changing economic development marketing program whose aim is to promote the story of the West Kootenay region’s evolution into a highly attractive and competitive location for business and livability, with a major focus on the global business and innovation clusters that are leading economic and business change—not just in the region but globally.  Situated in the South-Eastern part of British Columbia, it is a cluster of great minds and opportunities pioneering the Fourth Industrial Revolution with leadership in metallurgical science, industrial recycling and the Internet of Things (IoT). Designed by the regional economic development office, Lower Columbia Initiatives (LCIC), it is committed to a cohesive, comprehensive, region-wide approach to the challenges and opportunities of economic development in the region.

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