If there seemed a giddy excitement from local officials at the ground breaking for the new Molson Coors brewery in Chilliwack last week, it’s for good reason.
The plant represents a $200 million investment in the community, and brings with it the prospect of 1,000 jobs during the construction phase alone.
Once the beer starts flowing in 2019, the facility will employ around 100 people, with the chance for expansion in years to come.
But more than that, it will anchor future economic development in Chilliwack by demonstrating the fertile potential that exists at this end of the valley.
That has long been the goal of many community leaders. By attracting industrial investment to Chilliwack, we add to our local tax base, while providing jobs that residents don’t have to commute to.
It helps us create a complete community.
Fortunately, Chilliwack had the foresight to set aside land where such development could take place. The Molson location is a perfect example. The area was rezoned more than a decade ago in anticipation of industry that adds value to agricultural production.
The good news is we have more land available – something that will become increasingly important as pressure mounts on land prices to the west.
However, Chilliwack has more than land. We have a can-do ethos that has gained traction in the business community, drawing company’s like Langley Concrete, Richie Brothers, Kal-Tire, Convergys and others.
Now, with the global reach of Molson Coors, that reputation can take firmer root.
~ Greg Knill, Chilliwack Progress