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Temiskaming Shores plunges ahead on waterfront developmentThe shoreline structures on the Lake Temiskaming waterfront at Temiskaming Shores are in store for some dramatic upgrades once provincial funding arrives to start the construction. By: Ian RossThe municipality of Temiskaming Shores is closer to starting construction on its waterfront revitalization project.In mid-July, FedNor ponied up $999,000 for the rehabilitation and enhancements of the Lake Temiskaming waterfront shoreline structures in the two communities of New Liskeard and Hailey...
Kenora fabricator finds success in Western CanadaFero Robotic Welding Solutions, a small Kenora automated fabrication shop, is making great inroads into Western Canada by serving large agricultural manufacturers. By: Ian RossAsk James Fedirchuk why he decided to start a high-tech fabrication shop in Kenora and he’ll probably scratch his head and wonder why, too.“It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense some days,” said the owner of Fero Robotic Welding Solutions, while driving to an early morning business meeting in Winnip...
Green building in GreenstoneGreenstone Structural Solutions manufactures lightweight building panels composed of light-gauge steel frames that are pre-insulated with modified expanded polystyrene resin. James Kennedy was the first to bring the technology to Canada when his plant opened last year. By: Lindsay KellyThroughout his years in the construction industry, James Kennedy has seen his share of building materials. But it wasn’t until he attended a trade show in 2012 that he discovered a new system that measured up to his high expectations.“I was actively pursuing a better way to build,” Kennedy said. “I...
Ring of Fire development picture looks no clearer, strategistRing of Fire exploration camp. By: Ian RossA management shakeup at Cliffs Natural Resources has some mining analysts believing the possible departure of the Cleveland-based mining giant from the Ring of Fire camp could open the door for other international producers to make a move.But that’s not the opinion of Bill Gallagher, a leading mini...
Biodiesel entrepreneur buys Mattawa sawmillBioNorth Technology Group, a green-tech startup company, bought the former Tembec sawmill in Mattawa in August. The development plans were not disclosed in mid-September, but the company will need a secure wood fibre. By: Ian RossA shuttered former Tembec sawmill in Mattawa has been sold to a southern Ontario green-tech startup company.The Mattawa-Bonfield Economic Development Corporation (MBEDC) announced that the BioNorth Technology Group led by Frank Benincasa, a former construction executive who’s dived into the biodies...
College opens bioenergy learning centreConfederation College in Thunder Bay cut the ribbon Sept. 8 on its shiny new Ontario Power Generation-sponsored BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre. By: Northern Ontario Business staffConfederation College in Thunder Bay cut the ribbon Sept. 8 on its shiny new Ontario Power Generation-sponsored BioEnergy Learning and Research Centre.The facility will provide activity space for demonstration, training and applied research related to biomass energy from wood and agricultural sourc...
Atikokan finally clears the airThe provincial government and Ontario Power Generation announced Sept. 10 that the former coal-burning Atikokan Generating Station is now producing electricity using wood pellet fuel. The province spent $170 million to refurbish the plant, located west of Thunder Bay, which burned its last bit of coal in September, 2012. By: Northern Ontario Business staffThe provincial government and Ontario Power Generation announced Sept. 10 that the former coal-burning Atikokan Generating Station is now producing electricity using wood pellet fuel. The province spent $170 million to refurbish the plant, located west of Thunder Bay, which burned its last bit of c...
Huge cost challenges in Far North development, says mining association CEO Pierre Gratton, the CEO of the Mining Association of Canada, said government needs to help address the high cost of operating mines in northern regions of Canada. By: Jonathan MigneaultThe high cost of doing business in Canada, especially in the Far North, is the biggest challenge the mining sector faces nationally, said Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada.Gratton, who was the keynote speaker at a Sudbury Chamber of Commerce event for the North A...



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