The federal pipeline announcement Tuesday is proving to be good news in Regina.
Evraz steel said most, if not all, of the pipe used in the Line 3 replacement will be made at their facility in Regina.
“At this site, we have over 1,000 Canadians with well-paying, highly-skilled middle class jobs,” said the company in a news release.
In February, the company said there were about 800 workers still employed in Regina.
There was no word on whether the company would be bringing back any of the 303 people who had been laid off in the past year – 18 in February, 160 in May, and 125 in July – some of those people may have been brought back in the interim.
In July, the layoffs were blamed on there not being enough work available. In May, the company also cited foreign steel operations coming in and having a big effect.
In its news release, the company also said its Regina plant is also the best way to reduce the pipeline project’s carbon footprint.
“Our Regina facility not only makes steel at a fraction of the CO2 emissions of Asian steel producers, it is also the largest recycler of steel scrap in Western Canada and given its proximity to the project also minimizes emissions due to transportation.”