News that online retailer Amazon is going to build a distribution centre for Western Canada just north of Calgary is good news for job seekers in Drumheller.
That word from Marina Paarup of M.H. Enterprises, home to the valley's biggest job bank.
"Anytime a big project comes along we try and let the people we're working with know about opportunities," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "It really depends on what the company is going to do for the recruiting process: we work directly with the companies or on behalf of our clients."
Wednesday's announcement calls for a 600,000 square foot solar powered warehouse and distribution centre that would employ 750 people full time. Construction, set to begin next spring, is expected to create 150 jobs.
"We certainly have seen our clients having a lot of difficulties over the last couple years with the loss of some of our oil and gas employment positions," admitted Paarup. "Anything new that can transition these really skilled people is great news."
It's the second big employment announcement affecting people in the Drumheller area. European company Bitfury is building a data mining bank just north of the valley on the North Hill.
"When they first came to town, we met with their developers: we had multiple meetings with the connection of the Town of Drumheller," recalled Paarup. "They did a really good job helping them transition into the community and that's really good opportunities for a lot of people."
The Amazon distribution centre will be built on a 42 acre lot in Balzac's Nose Creek Business Park.