Your drywall could just come from Columbia Valley. The new 135-hectare Kootenay West Mine under construction 10 km northeast of Canal Flats will mine 400,000 tonnes of gypsum annually over a 43 lifespan for the mine. The new mine will replace CertainTeed’s Windermere Operations near Invermere. Approximately 80 full-time and contractor jobs have been created over the 18 month construction period. The mine expects to employ roughly 15 when it becomes operational in late 2021 or early 2022. CertainTeed Gypsum has been present in the Valley since the 1950s, operating four different quarries under the Windermere Mining Operation. CertainTeed is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products.

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