Greensmart Manufacturing Ltd. has been approved under Northern Development’s ‘Capital Investment and Training Rebate’ program.

That means facility will be expanded and 83 new full-time jobs will be created with the support of Northern Development’s Capital Investment and Training Rebate program.

Also, the program will provide Greensmart with rebate funding for improving manufacturing capacity and increasing competitiveness through the purchase of updated equipment.

Greensmart Manufacturing manufactures modular homes, commercial buildings, hotels, affordable living complexes and more.

Production is being increased to meet the demands of new opportunities including pre-manufactured school buildings, projects in Fort McMurray and the 2010 Olympics.

The 83 new employees will be provided with in-depth training, including green building practices, techniques, safety and technical training. Much of the training is highly specialized, time consuming and very expensive.

Northern Developmentā€™s rebate allows these training costs to be off-set, leading to a higher level of training provided to new employees.

In a news release, President and Chief Executive Officer of Greensmart Manufacturing Alex Wik said, he expects the company to be a major contributor to the economy in Dawson Creek and the area.

Under the Northern Development Initiative Trust program, eligible businesses can apply for a rebate of up to five per cent of capital, as well as direct training costs to a maximum of 10 thousand per full-time position created.

To qualify for funding, businesses must create at least two new full time jobs.