Prime Minister touts Calgary-area drywall plant as a win for Alberta

Construction of the $200 million plant in Wheatland County is expected to begin next year.

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Canadian Gypsum Company is investing more than $200 million to build a drywall manufacturing plant in southern Alberta, the multinational company announced Thursday.

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Christopher Griffin, president and CEO of USG Corp., CGC’s parent company, said the plant will create more than 100 good-paying jobs in Wheatland County east of Calgary and more than 200 construction jobs. . Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023.

“This will be CGC’s largest capital investment in Canada in decades. It will be our first new gypsum board plant in North America since 2007,” said Griffin. “We are making this investment to be closer to our customers and better serve Western Canada.”

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The CEO said that being in Alberta will mean they will be closer to their customers and that the plant will be powered by a soon-to-be-built nearby solar plant, which is expected to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 10,000 cars from Canadian roads. .

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Currently, most of the CGC panels used in Alberta are imported from Ontario, eastern Canada and parts of the United States.

“We currently ship most of the product that comes into this market from Eastern Canada and you can imagine the supply chain issues with that, and that’s not very environmentally friendly. Therefore, we believe this will be the most sustainable drywall plant in North America.”

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Representatives from CGC Inc., Wheatland County and the Government of Alberta announce the development of a panel manufacturing facility near Carseland.
Representatives from CGC Inc., Wheatland County and the Government of Alberta announce the development of a panel manufacturing facility near Carseland. Dylan Short/Post Media

Speaking at the dedication in Wheatland County on Thursday, Premier Jason Kenney touted the investment as a win for the province, saying the USG and CGC could have chosen to invest anywhere in the world but chose to build the plant outside of Carseland. .

“These are serious business people. They don’t make major investment decisions like this on a whim, lightly, or by accident. They make very serious and considered decisions,” Kenney said.

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Griffin said that having less red tape and lower taxes, an approach the Kenney administration has taken to boost investment, was a factor in investing in Alberta, but that they chose to come to the province because of a “cooperative spirit” in the region. .

“It was more about values,” Griffin said. “Make no mistake, we are here to make money, right? But it was more about the spirit of cooperation and helping us get here quickly so we can serve our customers.”

Reeve Amber Link of Wheatland County said the investment will help the county diversify its economy as the local council continues to promote Wheatland County as a place for businesses to operate.

“It will add to our economic and community sustainability while maintaining ecological sustainability. Economic sustainability is at the forefront of Wheatland County Council’s mind,” Link said.

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