That is why the is a Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence being built, aimed at closing the gaps and addressing critical impediments to growth in the industry.
Michelle Rempel, minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, was in Saskatoon to announce funding for the project Thursday.
Derek Lothian, president of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters group, says the centre in itself is filling a gap in support services and programming to get people interested in the industry.
He related the current situation to a three-legged stool where two legs are being maintained, but now it is time to take care of the third one.
Some of the products being manufactured here include parts being used in the aerospace and defence sector.