Good news for a local builder wishing to develop his activity.
Sault MP Ross Romano on Friday announced $ 114,000 in funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for Soo Foundry & Machine Ltd. through Zoom.
The money will be used to purchase new CNC manufacturing equipment for the wind and hydro industry and to hire two new full-time skilled workers at the local manufacturing plant on Drive In Road.
Computer numerical control (CNC) machines are used to produce custom designed parts for customers.
Funding will be matched dollar for dollar by Soo Foundry.
“This project involves four pieces of equipment … just to fill a gap in our business, to make us more efficient, and a large part of that, we thought, was to help train our apprentices because developing a hand – Skilled work is, despite what’s going on with COVID, the key for everyone, “said Robert Cohen, president of Soo Foundry.
Soo Foundry is a medium-sized manufacturing company with 45 full-time employees, the majority of its employees in the skilled trades.
“Several years ago, we recognized that we had to diversify outside of Sault Ste. Marie, and to some extent, the economy of northern Ontario, and we have chosen to grow in hydro and wind, renewable, areas that we thought we could operate across the country . To date, we have had great success. Our sales have increased in this area. We are becoming a much more balanced company and we believe we have a very significant growth opportunity ahead of us, ”said Cohen.
“We think we will grow. “
Soo Foundry will help customers repair and maintain their wind turbines, said Ivan Brlecic, Director of Operations for Soo Foundry.
“Please submit these requests,” said Romano, urging companies to apply for NOHFC funding, pointing to the agency’s office at Roberta Bondar Place.
In addition, the summer internship program is still there, despite the job losses caused by the closure of COVID-19.
“Seize the opportunities that exist through the NOHFC, as did Mr. Cohen and those of Soo Foundry,” said Romano.