Regina-based Brandt to hire more than 1,000 new employees by end of the year

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The Brandt group of companies will go on a hiring spree before the end of 2021.  (CBC - image credit)
The Brandt group of companies will go on a hiring spree before the end of 2021. (CBC - image credit)

The Brandt group of companies has announced that it will hire more than 1,000 new employees by the end of the year.

The new positions will be located throughout the more than 100 locations operated by the Regina-based company across Canada and the U.S., according to a news release issued on Wednesday.

The company, best known for manufacturing agricultural machinery, described the new positions as a "major investment" as Saskatchewan recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saskatchewan will see half of the hires, according to the news release, with boosts to Brandt's operations in construction, forestry, agriculture, mining and rail.

The rest of Canada will see 40 per cent of the new hires, with the remainder of the new positions will be spread throughout the United States.

"In spite of some challenging times for the global economy, an incredible team effort has enabled us to sustain our business and weather the storm successfully," said Shaun Semple, CEO of the Brandt group of companies, in the company's news release.

Brandt says the rebound in the global economy is one factor in the hiring drive, but the main driver is the "organic growth" in its business.

"We are continuously expanding into new regions and new industries and we need to grow our team to keep pace with that expansion," Brandt said in an email to CBC News.

The hiring initiative will see the company's workforce grow by 30 per cent, with the largest gains expected to occur in Regina, Saskatoon and Hudson, an Illinois community north of Bloomington.

Right now, the company has about 3,400 employees. With the new hires it expects to hit 4,400 by the end of the year.

"As life begins to return to normal and we look ahead to economic recovery, this is very exciting news for workers and their families," Premier Scott Moe is quoted as saying in the new release.

The company says there is no direct government subsidy for the new jobs.

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