Employment and Job Security
Aggregate companies employ a skilled workforce that helps to drive the B.C. economy. The majority of operators and owners run their operations close to the communities they supply, drawing most of their employees from those communities.
The industry is the force behind the creation of many of the support jobs needed to use the products after they have been processed into their final form. Skilled technicians are required to prepare concrete mixes for industrial and residential applications, lab personnel are needed to continue to research new concrete and aggregate products for construction activity.
Retail and bulk sales are needed to put the product into the hands of the end users, trainers are required to train heavy equipment operators to handle and transport the aggregates. Labourers and construction workers clear the sites, build the forms and set the rebar so concrete can be poured. Employees at manufacturing facilities make and supply the rebar, the straps, the plywood and the chemicals needed for that pour to be successful.
This is only a small sampling of spin off jobs that are directly or indirectly related to the aggregate producing industry. For every one employee at a quarry site there ae probably another twenty people who owe their jobs to that individual and the work that he/she does. Not many people know about the aggregate industry and the impact that it has on so many other worker and industries in this province.