Week of Sep 25 – Sep 29, 2017
- Labatt Breweries of Canada is upgrading its Edmonton brewery so the plant can produce beer in stubby bottles. The work is part of a Canada-wide investment by the brewer of $460M between 2017 and 2020.
- WestJet has started construction on a new $50M hangar at the Calgary International Airport. The hangar will have two floors of office space and room to service one Boeing Dreamliner 787.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $215,000 to Athabasca University for each of the next three years to expand and improve mental health supports on campus
- The Mountain View County Municipal Planning Commission has approved a $0.85M expansion of the Fallentimber Meadery outside Cremona. Construction of the expansion, which includes a tasting room and storefront, is expected to start in October.
- The Parkland Foundation is expecting to start construction of a new $24.5M seniors lodge and independent living facility in Innisfail in spring 2018. The facility will accommodate 90 seniors, with 60 for the lodge and the other 30 self-contained.
- The Swedish energy firm International Petroleum Corporation has purchased oil and gas interests on the Suffield Block in southern Alberta from Cenovus for $512M. Cenovus staff are transferring to the new owners.
- The 4th Annual Career and Education Expo recently took place in Whitecourt, with over 50 exhibitors, 25 postsecondary institutes, and more than 1,000 students in attendance
- WestJet is launching Swoop, an ultra-low-cost airline, in the summer of 2018. The company headquarters will be located in Calgary.
- Boyle Street Community Services and ATB Financial have opened Four Directions Financial, a banking centre aimed at inner-city residents in Edmonton
- The Town of Hinton and Epoch Energy are planning to re-open an abandoned gas well near the community and use heat from the hole to warm municipal buildings in the downtown core. A pilot project is planned for 2019, pending regulatory approval.
- Wild Earth Foods, an independent grocery store in Edmonton, has closed after 85 years of operation. The site is slated for redevelopment including construction of a condominium tower.
- Edmonton Public Schools and Clark Builders are starting construction in October on a new $11.5M school in the Mill Creek area of Edmonton
- Alberta Newsprint Company is opening a new facility for unloading fracking sands from trains onto trucks near Fox Creek on October 12th, as part of efforts to diversify its operations
- Tolko Industries has started receiving logs at its oriented strand board mill in High Prairie, with plans for 20 to 30 truckloads a day prior to the start of production in January 2018. The mill has hired more than 50 Tolko employees and many contractors from the local region to haul logs.