A local entrepreneur is growing a business in Sherwood Park to help make the oil patch safer.
Naoka Incorporated manufactures vehicle safety whips, the amber flags seen on pick-up trucks. They are required on mine sites to make smaller vehicles visible to operators of large equipment.
Company owner Shelly Anderson got the idea from an organization looking to employ a First Nations group. When the pitch fell flat, she decided to jump in.
"I didn't have a big passion for LEDs or working as a manufacturer," she said. "It was such a good idea I couldn't let it pass."
Anderson is one of 1,700 self-employed aboriginal people in Edmonton. Her staff of five can produce up to 2,000 safety whips a month.