The Mayor of Kimberley thinks an advanced technology company would be the perfect fit for the Marysville Benchlands.
Noah Wesche of Sullivan Machine Works made a presentation to council wanting to expand his company from Calgary into the community.
The proposed facility would develop technology for the aerospace, defense and robotics industries.
Don McCormick says if the project goes ahead, it could take years before work begins.
“We don’t even have environmental certification for the Marysville Bench yet,” McCormick says. “We’re going through our OCP process, we want to get the zoning designated. In parallel, we’re working with the Environment Ministry to get our certification and then Noah has to worry about getting his financing in place and all of the other things to make his investment ready and get the shovels in the ground.”
McCormick says developing here would mean big savings for the company and more jobs locally.
“This really is one of the sweet spots for the Cranbrook-Kimberley Development Initiative and the opportunity to bring companies like that into this area,” McCormick says. “With the high margins, there is opportunity to build in costs to bring raw materials in and the cost for transportation out and still have lots left for the company. It really is the poster child for the kind of business we are trying to attract.”
The Calgary-based-developer says they would likely hire 10-20 people if the project goes ahead.
They say they are also looking at locations in Mexico and France.
Wildsight voiced opposition to developing the Marysville Bench last month, saying the land should focus on recreation and conservation.
– Kimberley Mayor, Don McCormick