Revenue from goods manufactured during 2007 was comparable to 2006

Sales of equipment related to dental and health care were up sharply; demand for instrumentation for the energy sector fell.

Allan Crate

Sales of equipment related to dental and health care were up sharply; demand for instrumentation for the energy sector fell.

But at the end of the day, the total revenue from goods manufactured in the Red Deer region during 2007 was comparable to the tally for 2006.

This was a finding of Red Deer Regional Development’s annual manufacturing survey, the results of which were announced Thursday. Respondents reported combined sales of $6.2 billion for 2007, up $2.1 million from the total revenues claimed the previous year.

Cyril Cooper, land and economic development officer with the City of Red Deer, said this performance is pretty good, considering that local manufacturers have been hurt by the high loonie, a slowdown in the natural gas industry and scarce labour.

“Given those three big obstacles, the local economy still remains very strong,” he said.

Although the energy sector remains the “bread and butter” of Central Alberta’s manufacturing industry, other products like furniture are on the rise.

This helped balance a decline in demand for oilpatch equipment, suggested Cooper.

“It does demonstrate diversification.”

He also credited local companies for adopting new technologies, improving efficiencies, diversifying into other products and pursuing new markets.

Their success in looking elsewhere for buyers is reflected in the fact that half of survey respondents said they sold internationally last year, up from 18 per cent in 2006.

The health of the local manufacturing industry is critical to Central Alberta’s economy, said Cooper.

He pointed out that manufacturing has a very high multiplier effect when it comes to job creation.

Red Deer Regional Development is an economic partnership consisting of the City of Red Deer, Red Deer County, the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and Red Deer College. This year, it sent its survey to 219 regional manufacturers, with 62 per cent of these responding.

Contact Harley Richards at

Just Posted

Photos: Children enjoy petting animals near Red Deer Sunday

Children and families learned about various animals and birds at a petting… Continue reading

Search for missing Tofino boaters scaled back, handed over to RCMP

TOFINO, B.C. — Jae Valentine woke to the sound of wolves howling… Continue reading

Get ready for the ‘internet of cows’: Farmers use technology to shake up agriculture

MONTREAL — Get ready for the “internet of cows.” Generations of farmers… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer cadets conclude year of learning

After a year of hard work, Red Deer’s local Air and Army… Continue reading

WATCH: Central Alberta High School Soccer League champs crowned

Lindsay Thurber girls’ team and Notre Dame boys’ team won Saturday at Edgar Park Field in Red Deer

5 dead as SUV chased by Border Patrol crashes in South Texas

BIG WELLS, Texas — At least five people were killed and several… Continue reading

Ramifications of a trade war: an expert look at the numbers for Canada

OTTAWA — A new analysis of escalating trade disputes involving the United… Continue reading

Deliberate spill: study launched to test crude and bitumen impact on lake life

KENORA, Ont. — Researchers were in northwestern Ontario over the weekend spilling… Continue reading

Two-spirit N.B. First Nation chief says his election points to progress

FREDERICTON — The new leader of a New Brunswick First Nation said… Continue reading

Google diversity report: Black women make up only 1.2 percent of its US workforce

Google released its annual workforce diversity report Thursday, marking only modest changes… Continue reading

Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to… Continue reading

Canada’s Auger-Aliassime wins Sopra Steria title for 2nd straight year

LYON, France — Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime defended his ATP Challenger Sopra Steria… Continue reading

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

MOSCOW — The suspect in a taxi crash near Red Square that… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month