The local manufacturing sector is characterized by a diversity of firms specializing in food and beverage, sawmilling and wood processing, paper manufacturing, fabricated metal production, machinery manufacturing, and furniture.
Collectively, these six manufacturing categories represent over two-thirds of local firms. The manufacturing sector in Vernon and the North Okanagan has approximately 100 firms and employs over 1,500 people. The sector accounts for over 9% of Vernon’s workforce and 11% of the regional workforce.
The number and diversity of manufacturers has attracted a skilled workforce with portable skills desirable for many manufacturing activities. Approximately 14% of people aged 25 to 64 have a trades certificate or diploma, or are participating in an apprenticeship program – higher than the provincial average.