26 Alaska Business | June 2018 www.akbizmag.com
Keeping North Slope workers warm
T I O N Building Alaska Manufacturing
and dog mushers on track
By Sam Friedman
The majority of Fairbanks manufactur- ers know they can’t beat their Lower 48 competitors when it comes to price. With
high energy costs, a long supply chain, and a
small labor pool, Alaska’s Interior can be a bru-
tal place to be in the manufacturing business.
Alaska in general has never been a manu-
facturing powerhouse. Manufacturing jobs
represent about 4 percent of the state’s job
market, and almost all of these jobs are in
the seafood processing industry, according to
state labor statistics.
But there’s something about extreme cold
temperatures that make people care strongly
about the quality of their equipment and a bit
less picky about cost. To put it simply: quality
A plasma table cuts scrap metal into a
component of an Equipment Source product
at the company’s headquarters and production
facility in Fairbanks.
Sam Friedman | Alaska Business