Brandon is fortunate to have a varied economic base. This diversity, coupled with strong economic growth experienced in the past decade, has enabled Brandon to weather the recent global economic crisis with far greater resiliency than other North American centres. Of the over 2,000 businesses operating in Brandon, agri-food products and related services represent the area’s largest industrial cluster, the manufacture of metals, chemicals and pharmaceuticals account for the bulk of the remaining industrial jobs. Oil drilling and production has recently expanded in the area, employing thousands of people and supporting substantial business growth, and is expected to sustain current drill rates for up to 20 years.
While the agricultural community has a strong impact on many businesses, our manufacturing products and services are diversified sufficiently to allow the economy to remain stable, despite peaks and valleys in the farm economy. Significant economic generators in Brandon include: