Alexzi Building Solutions announced on Friday that they have secured a land partnership with Malahat Nation for their new 100,000+ square foot green manufacturing plant, which is expected to create more than 150 green jobs in the area.
In July 2021, Alexzi issued a Request for Proposals seeking land on southern Vancouver Island for their new operation, where they will manufacture sustainable construction materials using proprietary technologies developed by Vancouver-based firm Nexii. Nexii Panels are a lower-carbon alternative to wood, concrete and steel, with a unique design that results in near-zero construction waste.
After an intensive decision-making process, Alexzi has signed a Letter of Intent with Malahat Nation, with plans for a long-term lease as the anchor tenant for the new Malahat Business Park. The manufacturing plant is proposed to be operational by the latter half of 2023.
“Malahat Nation is a sophisticated Indigenous community whose values in community and business align with Alexzi,” said Anne Tanner, Alexzi’s Commercial Realtor. “Not only is Alexzi selecting the best location for their new manufacturing plant, but they are embarking on a new journey, practicing Reconciliation through doing business with Indigenous partners.”
This deal opens up numerous opportunities for Alexzi and Malahat Nation, including the use of Nexii Panels for future phases of the business park and proposed Malahat Film Studios. The partners are in discussions to further support reconciliation through actions such as reserving at least 10% of Alexzi’s employee base for Indigenous workers, as well as creating training opportunities for Malahat Nation’s youth.
“Alexzi and Malahat Nation have an aligned mission to achieve improved well-being of community members, an environment of social equity, and a significant reduction in environmental risks,” Alexzi shared in Friday’s announcement.
The Vancouver Island production facility will join a family of Nexii Certified Manufacturers across Canada and the US. Nexii is quickly scaling up operations through their certification program in response to growing demand.
In a May 2021 news release, Amber Simpson, President of Alexzi Building Solutions Inc, said: “The construction industry is entering a period of substantial adjustment. The environmental concerns from traditional construction methods and the need for innovations that can enhance efficiencies make the Nexii product a perfect solution.
“Born and raised in Victoria I understand that I am living on one of the most beautiful Islands in the world. We have old-growth forests, beautiful beaches and extensive wild life. The opportunity to bring a sustainable building product to our Island is incredibly exciting. A green alternative to concrete, how awesome is that!”