It’s not exactly surprising that a new development the size of the proposed Project Shakespeare would make a huge impact on Canby. It’s a warehouse and distribution facility about two and a half times the size of the Canby Fred Meyer, and that’s before two expansions that are planned for sometime in the future.
Exactly how big the impact will be remains to be seen. One thing we do know is that the proposed beverage distribution facility would come in as the city of Canby’s second-largest employer if it meets its planned staffing level of 242 full-time employees.
That would put it second only to Fred Meyer — yes, the same Fred Meyer that could fit inside Project Shakespeare twice, with room to spare. Freddy’s employs about 280 people in Canby. Rounding out the current top five are Johnson Controls, at 238; Kendal Floral, at 220; Milwaukee Electronics NW, at 195; and Shimadzu USA, at 180.
(Note: Because of when these numbers were retrieved, it’s possible that the employment statistics for Fred Meyer are inflated due to seasonal hiring. A firm number for Canby FM’s year-round staffing level is not available at this time.)
Of course, we don’t yet know if the project involves 240 actual job openings, or just the shifting of already filled positions from other facilities, since the identity of the tenant their exact plans are re: employment have not been confirmed.
Whatever the case may be, it seems clear that injecting that many new working employees in Canby will obviously be seen and felt in many ways. That’s more cars on the roads, and more potential customers for local goods, services and housing.
Here’s the city’s top employers, courtesy Canby Business:
|Business Name||Employees (2018)||Employees (2017)||Business Description|
|Fred Meyer||280||231||Retail Sales|
|Johnson Controls||238||229||Manufacturer of Batteries|
|Kendal Floral||220||192||Wholesale Flower Distributor|
|MEC NW||180||156||Electronics Manufacturer|
|Shimadzu USA Mfgr, Inc||143||123||Manufacturer of Scientific Equipment|
|JV Northwest||143||123||Manufacturer Stainless Steel Tanks|
|Marquis Care||115||120||Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care|
|SR Smith LLC||105||85||Manufacturer of Pool Deck Equipment|
|Wilson Construction||82||117||Electrical Utility Contractor|
|American Steel||73||74||Steel Service Center|
|Pioneer Pump||66||86||Pump Manufacturer|
|Cascade Engineering||66||n/a||Manufacturer of Aerospace Components|
|BBC Steel||49||45||Steel Fabrication|
|OBC Northwest||47||42||Horticultural Supply|
|Package Containers||39||43||Paper Converter|
|Hot Off the Press||34||35||Publishing|
|Product Manufacturing||29||30||Precision Metal Machining|
|Spectrum Woodworking||26||35||Custom Commercial Cabinetry|
|Potter's Industries||20||21||Glass Bead Manufacturing|