Manufacturing investments in Guelph, ON. Image: File PhotoClick image to enlarge

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontaro) announces $6.6 million funding for Guelph manufacturers

Guelph, ON, manufacturers Hammond Manufacturing Co. and Ontario Drive and Gear Ltd. will be receiving combined funding of $6.6 million following an annoucement by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The projects are expected to create or maintain up to 165 full time equivalent jobs.

Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, alongside Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, said the funding will help the companies acquire innovative technologies, boost productivity, generate job growth and increase business and export opportunities. This announcement was made on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.

The Canadian economy is shifting and traditional industries such as manufacturing must adapt to a more competitive global economy. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting innovative manufacturers, like the Hammond Manufacturing Company and Ontario Drive & Gear Limited, obtain the tools they need to succeed.

The Hammond Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Guelph, received an investment of up to $3.46 million from FedDev Ontario, to buy equipment, improve processes, support expansion to a new facility in Guelph and make facility modifications at both the new location and the existing facility in Guelph. The also recently received a $100,000 investment through FedDev Ontario-funded Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) SMART Advanced Technologies for Global Growth Program to purchase a new press brake.

"We are proud to partner with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario on this project, which will continue our company's legacy of excellence in Guelph. This investment supports our efforts to improve our processes and systems, which will help us to continue to offer exceptional products for our customers worldwide," says Robert Hammond, president, Hammond Manufacturing Co.

Ontario Drive & Gear Limited, located in New Hamburg, received funding of up to $3.14 million from FedDev Ontario, to purchase new gear manufacturing equipment, expand its engineering department by 10,000-square feet and advance new product lines to become more competitive and reach new markets.

"The FedDev Ontario contribution will enable Ontario Drive & Gear Limited to leverage more than $10 million in private sector financing, allowing us to maintain our competitive position and compete for global market opportunities," says Joel Wright, president, Ontario Drive & Gear Ltd.

These efforts are expected to help the companies increase their competitiveness and productivity, while also boosting sales and increasing export opportunities in new markets. The projects are also projected to have spillover benefits, with increased production benefitting supply chains across southern Ontario and local equipment vendors.

Energy markets forecast to grow: report

Despite the continuing upheaval in the oil sector, energy markets as a whole -- wind, solar, hydro and natural gas -- are forecast to grow according to a new report from The National Energy Board (NEB).

TechFab, Komet celebrate partnership

TechFab, Montreal, QC, which recently joined cutting tool supplier Komet's Service network, celebrated the official partnership with an open house on December 17, 2013.

Planning Beyond Survival: Setting Priorities

Mike Brownhill, commercial accounts director at Export Development Canada (EDC), suggests a few key factors all manufacturers should take into consideration when planning for 2021.

Thomas Skinner, Haas celebrate 30 year anniversary in Canada

Joey Warren, applications technician with Thomas Skinner, middle, with customers in front of the Haas VF-3 machine at the Calgary facility.

 

Thomas Skinner's recent Haas Factory Outlet DemoDay20 events at its Calgary, AB, and Winnipeg, MB, facilities on October 2 celebrated the two companies' 30 year partnership in Canada.

Mitutoyo, API partner for metrology distribution

API and Mitutoyo Corp. are partnering to distribute API’s portable dimensional metrology equipment through Mitutoyo’s global network.

CenterLine named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies

CenterLine Limited of Windsor, ON has maintained its status as a Gold Standard Requalified winner and has been recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies award.

Ensuring weld quality

Welding inspectors use many tools and processes to ensure weld quality

As anyone in the fabricating and welding business knows, process and part inspection is a critical component of a successful business.

SolidCAD acquires AMS 360

SolidCAD, a professional services company and Canada’s largest Autodesk Platinum Partner, has acquired AMS 360 Inc., another Autodesk reseller.

Canada's bedrock: Job shops in Canada

G B Fabrication
Ghislain Levasseur, a certified truck and car mechanic, and his brother Bruno,

New group to promote reshoring

A group of former federal and provincial politicians have launched a new organization to promote a modern, secure and less risky supply chain.

Four Major Flux Faults

Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) has been widely used for a number of years and is known for its high deposition rates and exceptional mechanical and chemical properties, perfect for structural steel, pipeline welding and other similar applications. 

Smarter Lasers

Laser systems run on sophisticated software, many of which are Industry 4.0 ready, able to connect to ERP and other management systems, allowing fabricators to monitor processes remotely.

Advances in additive manufacturing: laser deposition welding and milling

DMG MORI's latest innovation is its hybrid machine tool, Lasertec 65 3D, which combines laser deposition welding with five axis milling, allowing for additive manufacturing of full components with finished part quality.

Fast Metal

If, like Canadian company Hyphen, you are setting up a workshop providing prototype parts, you simply cannot ignore the desirability of or the demand for the mechanical qualities of milled and turned metal.

Shaping New Business

by Noelle Stapinsky

Shops looking to provide more turnkey solutions are sizing up today’s advanced tube cutting technology

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn