New Brandt utility trailer manufacturing plant “huge” for Moose Jaw


Brandt plans to create up to 200 jobs over the next three years after operations begin. Seventy positions will be filled immediately and a job fair will be held.

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The Brandt Group of Companies is expanding its operations into the City of Moose Jaw where it will open up a utility trailer manufacturing plant, a move being welcomed by the city’s mayor and chamber of commerce.

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“I’m personally very excited and I think the whole community’s excited,” Moose Jaw Mayor Clive Tolley said Monday. “It’s been more than 10 years since the cable business closed up and Brandt acquired that building.”

“We’ve been anxiously and hopefully waiting for them to develop a business plan and start production there and the announcement that they’re doing it is very exciting for me personally, for the city, for the council, for administration — everybody’s excited. ”

The company looks to create up to 200 positions over a three-year period once production starts up later in 2022, with 70 positions looking to be filled immediately, said a news release issued last week.

Tolley said there has been collaboration between the Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce CEO Rob Clark and the city’s manager of economic development, Jim Dixon, over the years, a partnership now coming to fruition.

“We’re in a period of growth and this is just one more thing that’s going to contribute to our city’s economy and we’re very happy about it,” Tolley added.

A career fair will be held on July 28, between 3 pm and 6:30 pm, at the former location of General Cable — 76 Lancaster Rd. — in the city’s north end. Brandt owns the building, which it will operate out of. The incoming hires over the next few years will include assemblers, welders, material handlers, engineers and supervisors.

“It’ll be huge for Moose Jaw,” Aaron Ruston, chamber chairman, said Monday. “We’ve seen some growth, from a business perspective. With the new power plant (Great Plains Power Station) and everything being built out there, it’s going to be remarkable.”

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Brandt is excited to be part of the business community in Moose Jaw and will hire local contractors to prepare the facility for operation and production, Murray Yeagar, Brandt’s vice-president of manufacturing, said in the release. Local vendors will also be used “for everything from supplies and janitorial services to maintenance and snow removal.”

According to Yeager, Moose Jaw was an ideal location due to its history as a center for trailer production. The move to the city will also help the company free up capacity at its North Regina Works campus to expand production in other areas, the release said.

Brandt announced at the beginning of the year he had planned to further expand in 2022 after adding about 2,000 jobs to its workforce across the world the previous year. The company’s CEO said it planned to add 1,500 more positions. Half of those would be at Brandt Tractor locations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

In October, the company closed a deal to purchase the Alberta-based Cervus Equipment Corp., which it anticipated would result in about $1.2 billion in sales. The company also purchased John Deere subsidiaries in 2019, which allowed the Brandt brand to expand east.

crmartell@postmedia.com

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