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SK economic news June 10, 2011
June 10, 2011

Estevan/Weyburn Region

Flying E Medical, a company specializing in on site medical attention, has expanded from five employees to 15 in their first year. Owner, Carrie Englot, is in the process of obtaining emergency medical responder (EMR) training and the primary care paramedic (PCP) course. The company has six mobile treatment centres and pickups with fibreglass shell on with two shower units for chemical treatment. (Pipeline News, June 2011)

T-45 Bakken Salt Water Disposal Facility has been acquired by CCS Midstream Services of Calgary, Alberta. Plans for future expansion are in the works. (Pipeline News, June 2011)

Brothers Devon and Nathan Brandon are the owners of Prairie Gold Pumpjack Service, an oilfield service business recently started. (Pipeline News, June 2011)

Come On Inn & Suites held a grand opening. The $1.4 million dollar facility consists of 18 rooms geared towards the oil patch traffic. The future expansion plans for the inn are a lounge and another 20 rooms. (Pipeline News, June 2011)

Ken Pedlar, former editor and owner of the Oxbow Herald weekly newspaper, has retired after 37 years with the paper. Owner of the paper is Transcontinental in Saskatoon. (Oxbow Herald, May 30, 2011)

Farmers and business people from the area have formed the Man-Sask Railway (MSRR), a shortline railway company, to look into the feasibility of buying the Canadian Pacific railway line extending from Redvers to Schweitzer, Manitoba. (Oxbow Herald, May 30, 2011)

Oilman of the Year at the Weyburn 14th annual Oil and Gas Show was Scott Saxberg, president and CEO of Crescent Point Energy. Brent Dunnigan, CEO of Epping Energy Ltd. in Alameda, and Dave Bergum, founder of TS&M Supply in Weyburn, were the recipients of the South East Oilmen of the Year Award. The awards were presented at the recent 2011 Weyburn Oil Show. (Oxbow Herald, June 6, 2011; Estevan Mercury, June 8, 2011; Weyburn Review, June 8, 2011)

Industrial Electric/Comtech held a grand opening for the expansion and renovation of their facility. The Weyburn company employs 40 people. (Weyburn Review, June 8, 2011)

Moose Jaw Region

Central Butte
The community of Central Butte will soon be home to a 100 foot tall wind turbine that will help provide power to the local rink. SaskPower has selected four Saskatchewan communities, Central Butte, Eatonia, Shanuavon and Strasburg, to test the viability of using wind turbines to partially power community owned ice rinks. The 50 kilowatt wind turbine will generate between $4,500 and $10,000 a year worth of power, depending on the wind resources at the site. (Holly Vollmer, MidSask Enterprise Region, June 2011)

A business in Elbow is now the owner and operator of the Elbow Harbour Marina in Elbow. Cafferata Enterprises Ltd. has leased the marina from the provincial government since 1986 and has now officially purchased it. The plans are to refurbish the marina over the next five years, which includes replacing the main dock sections, finger piers and ramp floats. (Holly Vollmer, MidSask Enterprise Region, June 2011; The Outlook, June 2, 2011)

Moose Jaw
Tuesday was the first official day of operation for owners Tim and Tyco Huska’s new restaurant, Kergano’s. Tyco, Tim’s son, stated Kergano’s is based on his family’s background in Ukrainian cuisine, but goes far beyond one genre and features dishes influenced from many different cultures, from America to Spain. (The Moose Jaw Times Herald, May 24, 2011)

The Parkview Funeral Chapel in Moose Jaw celebrated their 100th anniversary and held an open house. Tours of the facility were offered and displays were set up showing the history of the business. (The Moose Jaw Times Herald, June 2, 2011)

The Ogema Second Hand Store celebrated its second anniversary recently. Since the store opened in 2009 it has brought in just under $42,000, which has been put to good use within the community. The Ogema Boiler fund received $19,000 and other projects such as the play ground equipment and the swimming pool are among projects that have benefited from the funds raised by this store. (The Star, June 9, 2011)

A long established grocery store in Outlook has undergone major renovations. A.G.Foods, in Outlook since 1984, has installed all new freezers, new tills are coming and the entire store has been completely reorganized. According to owner, Royce Taylor, there is also a larger of selection of grocery items available for their customers. (Holly Vollmer, MidSask Enterprise Region, June 2011)

Whitecap Dakota First Nation
Construction is wrapping up on the new health centre on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation. Health care staff are moving into the new centre over the next couple weeks. (Holly Vollmer, MidSask Enterprise Region, June 2011)

North Battleford Region

Cinnamon Twist, Hair, Tanning, & Esthetics, are celebrating their first anniversary at a new location. (Lloydminster Meridian Booster, May 27, 2011)

Meadow Lake
The Prairie North Health region announced over $23 million to increase employment and new investments. Extra funding is expected to create 33 full time positions in the region, while also delivering investment dollars to northwest healthcare facilities. (Northern Pride, May 31, 2011)

RD Gravel & Logging is under new management. (Northern Pride, May 31 2011)

Jonny’s Septic Service, a family owned and operated business, is new to Meadow Lake. (Northern Pride, May 31 2011)

The Rural Municipality of Mervin is going to celebrate the grand opening of their new Municipal Shop. (St Walburg & Area Gazette, June 8, 2011)

North Battleford
Building permits were down in April compared to last year. There were 18 issued for $2,828,000, which is down from 25 issued for the value of $14,185,500 in April 2010. (News Optimist, June 1, 2011)

City council has given its green light to submitting an application for funding under the Main Street Saskatchewan Program. The program helps communities to develop public-private initiatives to revitalize historic commercial areas. (News-Optimist, June 1, 2011)

City Manager, Jim Toye, was elected president of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators for the coming year. (City of North Battleford, May 31, 2011)

Phase 4, a hair salon, held their grand opening in a new location. (Battlefords Chamber of Commerce, June 6, 2011)

The Great Canadian Oil Change, owned by Trent Jordan held its grand opening. (Battlefords Regional Optimist, June 3, 2011)

The grand opening of the new Yellowhead Power Station in North Battleford will be held in June. (Chamber of Commerce, June 6, 2011)

Sports Check is holding its grand opening. (Battlefords Regional Optimist, June 10, 2011)

Wild Child Family Fun Centre will be closing permanently. (Battlefords Regional Optimist, June 10, 2011)

Realty Executives is holding a grand opening in their new office in North Battleford in June. (Battlefords Regional Optimist, June 10, 2011)

The town of Unity, in partnership with Unity and District Chamber of Commerce, West Central Tourism Region and Tourism Saskatchewan is unveiling it’s 2011 opportUNITY campaign in June. The logo relates to the many opportunities the Town of Unity has to offer from business to tourism to retirement. The partnership will occur in conjunction with the exploresaskatchewan.com campaign. (The Unity Herald, May 30, 2011)

An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held by the Wilkie Independent Living Services Inc. for the New Group Home. (The Wilkie Press, June 6, 2011)

Prince Albert Region

Prince Albert
The Prince Albert Co-operative Association grocery store has closed its doors on the Central Avenue location and re-opened in their new location in the Cornerstone Mall. A grand opening took place. (Prince Albert Daily Herald, June 6, 2011)

LBR Price Breakers, a unique one of a kind store, is celebrating its grand opening. (Prince Albert Daily Herald, June 1, 2011)

Blockbuster Canada video store in Prince Albert will not be closing its doors, unlike the 146 stores across Canada that are closing. (Prince Albert Daily Herald, May 30, 2011).

Cornerstone Credit Union officially opened its doors to the public in May and held its grand opening. The new addition of 8,000 square feet and the renovation on the original credit union building cost $4.5 million. Cindy Crowe is manager of the Tisdale Cornerstone Credit Union. (Tisdale Recorder, June 1, 2011)

Regina Region

Minneapolis based retailer, Target, plans to convert the Zellers store in Regina’s Northgate Mall into a Target Store within the next few years. Target plans to open stores in 105 Canadian locations in all 10 provinces. (Leader Post, May 27, 2011)

Construction on Canterbury Common is underway. Canterbury Common is a 16 unit apartment style condominium complex located on Broad Street. (Leader Post, May 27, 2011)

Blockbuster Canada announced that Regina’s four Blockbuster locations will not be affected by the massive closures occurring across the country next month. (Leader Post, May 28, 2011)

The revitalization of 53 acres in the heart of Regina is closer to becoming a reality after city council voted on Monday to support the first steps involved in the initiative. The plan includes the redevelopment of 33 acres south of Dewdney Avenue, currently used for the Canadian Pacific rail yards, and 20 acres currently occupied by Mosaic Stadium being developed into residential and other properties. The development of the new entertainment facility could begin as early as next year with the building of commercial property around it starting in 2013. The facility would be completed by 2015, followed by construction of housing on the existing stadium site. (Leader Post, May 31, 2011)

The Novia Café, Regina’s oldest restaurant, will be closing in June. There will be no layoffs as a result of the restaurant’s closing; staff will be moving to the Mercury Café, which is located in the Cathedral area and operated by the same owner as the Novia Café. (Leader Post, June 2, 2011)

The Regina Airport Authority has started a $16 million program to rebuild its two main runways. Work has begun and is scheduled to be finished by fall. When completed, the rebuilding project will give the runways another 15 years of life. Graham Construction has been contracted to do the work. (Leader Post, June 3, 2011)

The Ukrainian Co-operative, located on Winnipeg Street, is celebrating their 75th Anniversary. (Leader Post, June 6, 2011)

Sprossil Industries was the winner of the Progress 2 Capital Award for 2011. Eric and Rachel Penner de Waal have created Sprossil Industries to provide simple, easy-to-use building materials that save energy such as the Smart Stud, a hybrid framing member designed to replace conventional 2 x 6 studs, making a home 10 percent more energy efficient. The Smart Stud will reduce costs for builders by utilizing conventional framing methods that reduce training for workers, as well as by allowing electricians to run wire without drilling holes. (Leader Post, June 8, 2011)

The Dynasty Gourmet Asian Buffet, located in the Wingate Hotel, is now open for business. (Leader Post, June 8, 2011)

Saskatoon Region

Minneapolis based retailer Target confirmed plans to convert the Zellers in Saskatoon's Circle Mall into one of its own stores. (Star Phoenix, May 26, 2011)

The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) has named the Saskatoon Funeral Home this year's winner of the Family Enterprise of the Year (FEYA) achievement award. The announcement was made in front of more than 180 guests during a gala event at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver. (Star Phoenix, June 1, 2011)

Home buyers in Saskatoon and area had more houses to choose from in May compared to the same month in 2010, with more houses being sold. In May 2011, 423 homes were sold in Saskatoon compared to 351 homes in May 2010, according to a news release issued by Saskatoon Region and Association of Realtors. That's a 21 per cent increase. (Star Phoenix, June 2, 2011)

The value of building permits in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan fell in April, according to a Statistics Canada report. In its monthly building permits report, the federal agency wrote the value of permits in the Saskatoon region fell by 3.3 per cent to $83.8 million in April from $86.7 million in April 2010. Between March and April, the value of building permits in the region rose by 26 per cent from $66.5 million in the third month of the year. Province wide, the value of building permits in Saskatchewan fell by 2.3 per cent between April 2010 and April 2011, dropping to $186.6 million from $190.9 million. Month to month, building permit values in the province fell 1.3 per cent from $189.1 million. (Star Phoenix, June 7, 2011)

Multiple family units are up, single family homes are stable or down and, overall, far more residences have been built so far in 2011 than in 2010, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). In May 2011, construction started on 74 multi family homes, which includes apartments, row housing and semi-detached units, compared to eight such starts in May 2010. Work on single detached houses fell 22.8 per cent to 152 starts last month from 197 in the same month last year. In total, May housing starts rose 10.2 per cent to 226 from 205 a year earlier. (Star Phoenix, June 8, 2011)

New Businesses:
Leven’s Coffee Company, owner Marie Tupper. (Star Phoenix, May 21, 2011)
Whole Nutrition & Health, new owners Scott and Jamie Coulson, and Lori Maione. (Star Phoenix, May 21, 2011)
My Custom Cake Topper, owner Holly Edwards. (Star Phoenix, May 25, 2011)
Global Healthcare Connections, owner Adele Kulyk. (Star Phoenix, May 28, 2011)
Blackburn Motors Inc., owner Michael Blackburn. (Star Phoenix, May 28, 2011)
Shifted Earth Apparel, owner Tony Japp. (Star Phoenix, June 4, 2011)
Glennross Studios, owners Glen Ens and Ross Nykiforuk. (Star Phoenix, June 4, 2011)
Yu Spa Esthetics, owner Brandie Georget. (Star Phoenix, June 4, 2011)

Swift Current Region

Construction has begun on a new housing duplex in the community. (The Leader News, June 1, 2011)

Al’s Hardware will celebrate its grand opening in June. (The Leader News, June 8, 2011)

Shaunavon was selected out of four Saskatchewan communities to be home to a 30 metre high wind turbine as part of a SaskPower demonstration project. (The Shaunavon Standard, May 31, 2011)

Swift Current
Over 110 professional and business women attended the first ever Women without Borders conference at the Sky Centre held in May. (www.swiftcurrentonline.com, May 26, 2011)

Great Plains College celebrated their grand opening in May. They underwent a $13.5 million expansion and renovation project that was jointly funded by the Federal and Provincial Governments. (www.swiftcurrentonline.com, May 27, 2011)

The Swift Current Business Excellance Awards were held recently at the Sky Centre. The following are the winners:
Swift Shoe Repair and Leather Shoppe - Business of the Year
Crutch’s Plumbing and Heating - New Business
Urban Ground Coffeehouse- Young Entrepreneur
Kal Tire- Customer Service
Pinnacle Financial- Growth and Expansion
Cypress Motors- Community Involvement
Cowtown – Masterfeeds - Southwest
Et cetera Et cetera- Business Hall of Fame Inductee
(Swift Current Regional Office, June 2011)

Yorkton Region

A local committee is being formed to spearhead the feasibility study phase for a new integrated health facility for the Town of Canora. The study cost is estimated between $100,000 to $150,000, with the facility cost estimated at $40 million. (Canora Courier, June 8, 2011)

Dereck Wolkowski has opened Wolkowski Funeral Services. He also owns Wolkowski Funeral Services in Kamsack. A grand opening took place in June. (Canora Courier, June 8, 2011)

Brent and Heather Parkin have opened The Extraordinary Light Gallery in Fleming. The gallery displays the photography of Brent Parkin, some giftware for retail, as well as offering specialty coffees and desserts. Although the business is currently open Friday to Sunday, this will occur for one year before the business is open full time. An official opening is expected to take place in July 2011. (The World-Spectator, Moosomin, May 23, 2011)

Canpotex Railcar Maintenance and Staging Facility held a ground breaking ceremony in May. The facility will cost $55 million to build and is expected to employ 20 full time people. Construction is expected to start in June and conclude in the fall of 2012. (Humboldt Journal, May 25, 2011)

The Annual General Meeting of Saskatchewan East Enterprise Region (SEER) took place recently in Yorkton. SEER is looking to fill six open positions on its board of directors. (Yorkton This Week, June 1, 2011)

After 35 years in business, Ron and Pat Demofsky of Whitewood Agencies have retired. The agency has been purchased by Andrew Agencies. It is the 13th office that Andrews Agencies has in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The agency specializes in insurance, real estate, general and auto insurance, and MGI financial services and products. (The Whitewood Herald, June 6, 2011)

Published Monday, June 27, 2011 12:48 PM by Kang Kim

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