2012- A Terrace-based company, Allterra Wholesale Distribution Ltd., whose focus is cabinet and countertop manufacturing, secured new employee training incentive support from Northern Development's Capital Investment and Training Rebate program in 2008. A newly formed company at the time, Allterra was focused on growing its custom granite and cabinet market in northwest British Columbia, providing new manufacturing job opportunities within the region.
Scott Walter, a key principal in award-winning Scotech Systems, says his new venture, Allterra Wholesale Distributing Ltd., can bring in granite at a cheaper price than is the case with other suppliers in the region.
Allterra has expanded their kitchen cabinetry manufacturing operations and is becoming the first company in the northwest BC to do custom granite countertop forming and memorial stone manufacturing. Granite comes from countries all around the world, such as Finland and Brazil, and is first sent to China where it is cut and polished. Then it is shipped to Terrace where it is cut to fit specific orders that are received from contractors and home owners from throughout the region.
The expansion of regional manufacturers is key to the growth of northern British Columbia's resource-based economy. Allterra is providing markets across the region with innovative and valued products, meanwhile employing local residents in Terrace. Alterra itself now employs four people, but as a result of former employees branching out in the past year, two other related companies have also been started within the community. With these two other companies that have spun off of Allterra, twelve new jobs have been created, making Allterra's startup and expansion a growing contribution to northwest British Columbia's regional economy.