When you think of economic drivers in Saskatchewan, most people think of agriculture and mining, but that’s not a complete list.
The Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council says there is a significant amount of manufacturing in this province.
Derek Lothian lists agricultural implements, and mining and industrial supplies as the ones that most people might think about but there are others.
They include road weighing systems sold internationally, satellite communications equipment, high end military components, drone manufacturing, food products and plastics.
In 2014, manufacturing had about 16-billion dollars in annual sales in Saskatchewan and employed more people than mining, as and forestry combined, Lothian says.
2015 was a challenge because of the economic downturn, but since the year 2000, there has been around a 131 per cent growth, as compared to under 11 per cent growth nationally.