TUMBLER RIDGE – Filaprint 3D, owned by Jody Mitchell of Tumbler Ridge, is one of four businesses being highlighted as a B.C. Job Maker this month.

Operated in the basement of Mitchell’s home, Filaprint 3D is one of northern B.C.’s first 3D printing companies.

The small business provides 3D printing services, plastic biodegradables, custom land models and marketing tools. The printer burns environmentally friendly sugars instead of traditional 3D printer toxins.

Mitchell designs gifts, table top displays and land models tailored to the tourism industry. She has made B.C. topography maps so tourists can see vacation spots while planning their trip, breaking down language barriers.

Mitchell has brought 3D printers into local classrooms, challenging students to write short stories that her printer will turn into braille, creating children’s books for the Canadian National Institute For the Blind and children’s hospitals.

“It takes innovative thinking to run a small business,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “Ms. Mitchell provides a service that makes unique products for people in our region, and through her business, has also contributed to our tourism sector. Small businesses like these help grow our provincial economy.”

B.C. Job Makers are successful small businesses in British Columbia that have created jobs and helped grow the economy. Every month government shares the stories of four businesses from around the province to share their success stories and best business practices.

If you run a company, or know of a company or person you think should be featured as a BC Job Maker, contact bcjobmakers@gov.bc.ca.