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Timmins businesses celebrated at Nova AwardsAmong the winners at the 2015 Nova Awards, presented by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, was Northern Ontario Appraisals Ltd., which won the President’s Award, accepted by owner Luc Cloutier. (PHOTO SUPPLIED) By: Northern Ontario Business staffExcellence in business was celebrated at the 2015 Nova Business Excellence Awards, hosted by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce.“If you look at all the business achievements highlighted by tonight’s awards, it’s easy to be impressed by the talent we have right here in Timmins,” Chamber president Al...
Resolute will relinquish timber rights in Iroquois Falls: MPPJohn Vanthof, MPP for Timiskaming-Cochrane, says Resolute Forest Products will relinquish its timber rights after closing its Iroquois Falls paper mill (pictured) in December 2014. (PHOTO SUPPLIED) By: Northern Ontario Business staffResolute Forest Products will relinquish its timber rights in the Iroquois Falls area, says John Vanthof, the MPP for the Timiskaming-Cochrane riding.Vanthof spoke at an April 17 bonfire and rally in Iroquois Falls to voice a demand for reopening a bridge that connects residents to recreational ...
Nor-Arc Steel fired up over incinerator technology By: Northern Ontario Business staff Dumping Toronto garage in the Adams Mine may be a distant memory, but Nor-Arc Steel Fabricators may have a solution for the Big Smoke with some leading edge incinerator technology. The Earlton company received a $482,500 loan from FedNor to develop a pilot-scale waste incineration system that...
Traffic control firm a visible presence on highwaysChantal (left) and Nancy Bruneau of NC Traffic Management provide professionally-trained flaggers to handle traffic control around highway construction sites, for detours and environmental remediation work. By: Ian RossHighway flaggers are the most visible members of a construction site and are often the most forgotten people on the crew, standing for hours in sweltering heat or bone-chilling cold.Two entrepreneurial sisters from Larder Lake are out to change the dynamics of this industry practice by providi...
Prospector president calls for reform of Mining ActCobalt businessman and Northern Prospectors Association president Gino Chitaroni. By: Ian RossGino Chitaroni wonders if prospectors are becoming a vanishing breed in Northern Ontario. He blames over-reaching government policy, onerous regulations and unsolved issues with First Nations for gutting the grassroots heart of the mining sector.The president of the Northern Prospectors Assoc...
Thunder Bay chamber hands out the hardwareThe business and community winners were numerous at the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Excellence Awards, April 11. By: Northern Ontario Business staff The business and community winners were numerous at the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Excellence Awards, April 11. Pilatus Centre Canada was selected as a two-time winner with the Commitment to Quality Award and the Business Excellence Award for large companies. JB Eva...
A farming fixture on the ClaybeltNorm Koch, president of Koch Farms and Koch Logistics, has one of the larger farming operations in the Temiskaming region with an elevator complex and trucking fleet. By: Ian Ross The sprawling grain elevator complex of Koch Farms along Highway 11, near Earlton, is an unmistakable sight. For Norm Koch, president of Koch Farms and Koch Logistics, diversification has been the key in growing the successful family-run venture. With a peak summertime workforce of betw...
Construction to begin on condos this springConstruction on Riverwalk Condominiums, being built by Toronto developer TVM Group, should begin in May, once building permits are in place. The first tenants are expected to move into their units in the fall. (IMAGE SUPPLIED) By: Lindsay KellyLast fall, when Amit Sofer presented his blueprints for Riverwalk Condominiums along Sault Ste. Marie’s waterfront, he was warned he’d have a difficult time selling housing units based on plans alone. But six months after opening a sales office downtown, the numbers show a different story.“We p...



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