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Six Nova Scotia steel and aluminum companies have been given federal funding totaling $2,479,501 to modernize equipment and infrastructure and adopt advanced machinery, robotics and automation.

The announcement was made on behalf of Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Navdeep Bains. Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, also took part in the announcement.

  • MacKenzie Atlantic Tool & Die | Machining is receiving $550,000 for two CNC machines and a robot to load and unload the machine, creating a fully automated production line that will operate 24 X 7. This project will create two full- time positions and position the company to grow further by attracting new, international contracts to the region.
  • Tri-Star Industries Limited is receiving $550,000 to purchase new equipment and expand its ambulances and emergency response vehicles manufacturing facility. This project will create nine permanent jobs and maintain more than 60 full-time positions.
  • East Coast Metal Fabrication is receiving $500,000 to improve its infrastructure so it can diversify its operations to include aquaculture construction. This project will allow the company to produce automated feeding barges for salmon farming, creating 30 well-paying jobs.
  • IMO Foods Limited is receiving $325,000 for a robotic sterilization system. The system will increase production by 25 per cent. This project will help the company meet increased domestic and export sales goals and will create 10 jobs.
  • Hawboldt Industries Limited is receiving $306,602 for automated manufacturing equipment to produce brass castings for fishing boat shafts, as well as build an onsite bed to test large marine cranes. The new base will increase the size of crane the company can build, expanding its market opportunities and creating three skilled jobs.
  • Waldale Manufacturing Limited is receiving $247,899 for new high-speed manufacturing equipment to produce license plates. This project will allow the company to improve quality control, output volume and production speed and will create up to 10 jobs.

“This investment in advanced technology is not only exciting for us at MacKenzie Atlantic, it’s a win for the manufacturing sector in Atlantic Canada,” said Matthew MacKenzie, president and CEO of MacKenzie Atlantic Tool & Die / Machining. “It will allow us to drive production, attract sales opportunities from outside Canada, and provide new, high-tech skills to our staff – skills that will help pave the way for the future of our company and support the economy of the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.”

The funding is being provided under the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) Steel and Aluminum Initiative.

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