The nuclear regional supply chain network is growing by leaps and bounds.
Business Investment Specialist Stellina Williams says they now have 51 nuclear supply chain companies located in 9 communities across Grey and Bruce.
She says this equates to over 500 jobs in the region.
The newest supplier is B.C. Instruments that has set up shop in Durham. (serving customers in the aerospace, plastic injection molding, medical, nuclear, defense and electronic industries.)
Along with the current supply chain network, Willia ms says they are in talks with about a dozen other suppliers on a monthly basis in an attempt to bring them into the region.
Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody hinted that if all goes as planned, Walkerton may become home to a new supply chain companylater this year.
Williams says the region has come a long way, noting that in 2016 there were only 12 suppliers in 3 communities compared to the 51 suppliers now in 9 communities. (of the 51 suppliers, 5 are located in Grey County and the rest in Bruce County.)
With a majority of Bruce Power’s major suppliers now located in the region, Williams says there is also a focus on sub suppliers as well as support for local suppliers looking to expand their labour force.
The new Skilled Trades Secretariat will help with that through a focus on regional training and employment.
This includes developing an inventory of training facilities, programs and regional assets to advance skilled trades training locally.
The goal is to increase the skilled trades labour supply and training opportunities in the region.