Fabricated metal manufacturing, non-metallic mineral manufacturing, transportation equipment manufacturing, plastics ad rubber products, and beverages are anticipated to lead the way in growth as the manufacturing industry continues to expand. The cross-section of manufacturers makes it easy for existing and new businesses to find high-quality local partners.
The Central Okanagan is home to a growing cluster of well-established and new aerospace companies and suppliers. Maintenance, repair and overhaul/in-service support, rotary-wing and avionics are well represented and there is an increasing number of companies offering a diverse range of services.
The region's aerospace industry is also benefitting from the Digitial Technology Supercluster - a historic investment by the Government of Canada, industry, and academia driving global leadership in digital technologies and fueling economic growth.
|NOC||Median Wage Thompson Okanagan||Median Wage BC|
|7315 - Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors||$34.00/HR||$34.00/HR|
|2232 - Mechanical engineers||$42.31/HR||$42.31/HR|
|2133 - Electrical and electronics engineers||$38.46/HR||$38.46/HR|
- The region was named the most Cost Competitive Region for business in the Pacific by KPMG in 2016
- Dry climate ideal for fiberglass/composite and wood products manufacturing
- Geographic proximity to key transportation routes including Port of Vancouver, YLW, YVR, YYC
- Well serviced by Kelowna International Airport's nine airline partners offering 60 daily non-stop commercial flights
- Extensive research and training capacity at UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College
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We're All About the Craft
The region’s largest private-sector employer is only getting bigger. The number of staff in Kelowna alone is projected to grow from 750 to 800 by early 2020. Not only are the number of employees growing, the company’s skilled labour force tends to stay onboard. Over 150 staff members have over 20 years of service with KF Aerospace, making them some of the most highly skilled technicians in the business. While many industry competitors hire staff on a short term contract basis, KF Aerospace has focused on creating long-term, high-quality careers.
The increasing demand for highly skilled workers has led KF Aerospace to explore unique partnerships, including a joint commitment with Okanagan College and Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON to create cross-Canada opportunities for training, internships, cooperative education and applied research.
Performance. Yields. Quality
Renowned for industry-leading customer support, reliability and innovation, Vitalis Extraction Technology is a global leader in CO2 extraction solutions.
Vitalis' highly-acclaimed CO2 extraction systems are a dominant mix of versatility and engineering, built to exceed industry standards for safety and continuous operation. By observing and analyzing the industry landscape, Vitalis continues to solve industry challenges, while fostering an environment of ingenuity and curiosity.
People are Vitalis' greatest asset. Vitalis is dedicated to nothing short of exceptional customer experience and maintains direct-to-client relationships, servicing customers on five continents. Vitalis provides customers with a quality product supported by a responsive and professional workforce all while securing more deployments of industrial-scale CO2 extractors into the market than any direct competitor.
Standing on their five pillars of values (reputation, curiosity, professionalism, resourcefulness, and gratitude) Vitalis was awarded Top Extraction Equipment at a growing number of industry events, including both the 2017 and 2018 LIFT & Co. Awards.
By establishing clear expectations, expediency, thorough root/cause analysis, highest standards, and ever-dependable consistency, Vitalis continues to innovate, leading the global pack now and into the future.