Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – K+S Potash Canada GP (KSPC) has once again been recognized as one of 20 companies in the province named Saskatchewan’s Top Employers. This is the fourth year in a row that KSPC has received this special designation for providing an exceptional workplace to its employees.
“We are proud to be recognized as a Top Employer in this wonderful province,” said Dr. Ulrich Lamp, President and CEO of KSPC. “Since we arrived in Saskatchewan in 2011, KSPC has worked hard to develop a workplace and culture that would attract quality people to our company. When I look around at the team we have today, I know we’ve achieved that goal.”
KSPC currently employs approximately 375 permanent employees and 80 temporary employees to assist with commissioning at the company’s Legacy Project mine and production facility near Bethune, SK. KSPC’s target workforce is around 400 employees, so hiring is substantially complete just in time for the mine to be brought into production by the end of second quarter this year.
The company hired the bulk of its operational employees throughout 2015 and 2016, an effort that required over 100,000 person-hours to develop and deliver training. The major recruitment drive included numerous job fairs and marketing initiatives that earned KSPC the National Human Resources Best Recruitment Award in 2015.
“When I think back to 2012, when there were only twenty or so employees, and then look at where KSPC is now, we can all be so proud,” said Maryann Deutscher, Senior Manager, Human Resources. “We are all part of something really unique here. What was once a field in the middle of a prairie is now a state-of-the-art mine, nearly ready to go into production. We’ve literally been a part of this from the ground up.”
Saskatchewan’s Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the Leader-Post and The Star Phoenix. Employers are evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers using the same eight criteria as the national competition: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8) Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.
K+S is an international resources company. We have been mining and processing mineral raw materials for more than 125 years. The products we produce from them are used worldwide in agriculture, food and road safety and are important elements in numerous industrial processes. Potash and salt are integral nutrients for the megatrend of a constantly growing and increasingly prosperous global population striving for a higher standard of living. This will result in increasing consumption of mineral resources. We serve the resulting growth in demand from production sites in Europe, North America and South America as well as through a global distribution network. K+S is the world’s largest salt producer and one of the top potash providers worldwide. With more than 14,000 employees, K+S achieved revenues in financial year 2016 of about € 43.5 billion and an EBIT of € 229 million. Learn more about K+S at www.k-plus-s.com.
K+S is putting its more than one hundred years of mining experience and world-class expertise to work on the Legacy Project, a potash solution mine and production facility being built near Moose Jaw. It will be the first new greenfield potash mine built in Saskatchewan in over forty years. Commissioning started in summer of 2016. K+S expects it will produce its first marketable tonne of potash by the end of Q2 2017 and is projected to reach two-million-tonnes of production capacity by the end of 2017. The Legacy Project will mean new job opportunities for Saskatchewan workers and new business opportunities for Saskatchewan companies supplying goods and services to this major economic development. K+S is growing Saskatchewan, while providing the potash that is needed to help feed a growing world population. More information at www.ks-potashcanada.com.
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