Manitoba's Red River College will receive up to $3 million in federal funding for technology adoption and testing capabilitiesClick image to enlarge

The federal Minister of International Trade Diversification, Jim Carr, has announced that Ottawa will be providing $12 million in funding for a range of projects in Manitoba.

Manitoba’s Red River College will receive up to $3 million “to increase technology adoption and testing capabilities for heavy vehicle manufacturers in collaboration with industry partners and the Vehicle Technology Centre,” reports CTV News Winnipeg.  

Also receiving funding:

  • up to $2.2 million to the University of Manitoba to create industry-academia links with a view to fostering economic development, in partnership with other Manitoba post-secondary institutions and the Business Council of Manitoba;
  • up to $1.86 million for the World Trade Centre Winnipeg to “develop cluster-based trade strategies to increase exports for Manitoba businesses”;
  • up to $4.98 million to Harvest Venture Builder Inc. to develop a business accelerator to support business scale-up.

The funding is part of Ottawa’s “Western Canada Growth Strategy.”

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SMTCL's COO Jerry McCarty says SMTCL, considered among the world's largest machine tool builders, will be manufacturing in the US by the end of 2015.

A manufacturing factory in North America will complement SMTCL's current manufacturing facilities in Europe (Germany) and Asia (China). "The United States was chosen because that is where our customers are and we know that we can find workers and vendors that have the dedication to quality that we need", McCarty stated in a press conference at IMTS earlier this week. "We will employ Americans and this facility will be managed by Americans. I can also tell you that although we will continue to use the world's best components in our machines, we will also use a number of local US vendors to provide contract machining, fabricating, and electronics."

The site of the new manufacturing facility has not been determined, but McCarty says SMTCL-Americas will begin manufacturing VMCs and expand with other products as the market dictates. 

SMTCL plans on purchasing or building a 100,000 square foot facility and employing between 100 to 120 employees. "We will need manufacturing engineers, machine assembly technicians, and service technicians, as well as purchasing, accounting, and general management professionals," said McCarty.

McCarty added that he hopes to be manufacturing in the US by the end of 2015. "These machines will be shipped to our customers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and we look forward to helping our customers compete in the world economy."

SMTCL produces 80,000 machine tools each year and has revenues of $2.9 billion. The company has more than 300 products in its machine tool line-up.

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