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Sundridge truss mill shuts downAn email from the company general manager Chuck Melanson to BayToday said: "We are experiencing a temporary production shutdown and will have an update for customers no later than Monday, August 29th." By: Northern Ontario Business staffBayToday.com reported that Kent Trusses in Sundridge has shut down. An email from the company general manager Chuck Melanson to BayToday said: "We are experiencing a temporary production shutdown and will have an update for customers no later than Monday, August 29th." The company is the larg...
Temiskaming chamber lobbies for Highway 11 passing lanesAdding more passing lanes on Highway 11 may be the solution to avoiding fatal head-on collisions. By: Ian RossCarving out more passing lanes may be the answer to improve motorist safety on Highway 11, says the Temiskaming Shores and Area Chamber of Commerce.A recent meeting with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) confirmed what the chamber’s highway committee chair Helene Culhane already suspected, t...
Timmins farmers aiming to raise 3,000 birdsTimmins farmers Harold and Patsy Schmidt joined the artisanal chicken program this year, which will allow them to raise up to 3,000 chickens, a new product they can add to their beef operation. By: Lindsay KellyAfter meeting at agricultural school, Harold and Patsy Schmidt married, found work outside the food industry, and started a family, all the while holding out for their long-time dream: a farm of their own.Today, the couple is living out their aspirations on 65 acres in Timmins — called Acres of...
After 40 years in business, Nor-Arc still looking to growMario Léveillé, president of Nor-Arc Steel Fabricators. By: Ian RossIn the early days of Nor-Arc Steel Fabricators, company president Mario Léveillé jokingly remembers there was plenty of finger-pointing going on at the Earlton shop.“People would walk in and say (gesturing), I want a conveyor from there to there, and make it happen.”Designing, fabricating and i...
North’s ag industry gets $3.7 million for land prepFour consortia of farmers across the North will benefit from $3.7 million in provincial funding. By: Northern Ontario Business staffFood producers in the northeast are getting a $3.7-million boost to help clear land and install tile drainage in aid of their farming operations.Funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. (NOHFC) was announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne on Aug. 12, the last day of her week-long trip a...
Developer eyes Sault for automotive fuel system plantPictured at the Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship are (from left) John Febbraro, director of business development at the Sault EDC; Scott Irwin, founder of Purus Fuel Technologies; and Dan Hollingsworth, executive director of the EDC. By: Northern Ontario Business staffA new tenant is setting up shop at Sault Ste. Marie’s small business incubator.Purus Fuel Technologies (PFT) has secured space at the Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship, located at the multi-use complex on the grounds of the former St. Marys Paper mill.Launched in 2013 by former Sault Ste. M...
Dome Mine to remain operational in TimminsDome Mine in Timmins, which was scheduled to close indefinitely this fall, got a reprieve in July when its parent company, Porcupine Gold Mines, decided it was more beneficial to keep it operational. By: Lindsay KellyThe Timmins mining community got some unexpected good news in July when Porcupine Gold Mines (PGM)-Goldcorp announced it would keep Dome Mine operational, contrary to an earlier decision that had the 106-year-old underground gold mine scheduled to close for good by October’s end.An upswing in g...
Versatility breeds growth for Hearst lubricants companyPepco in Hearst built a brand-new $12-million facility in 2015, and is expanding this year. By: Lindsay KellyWith a brand-new $12-million building and an upcoming acquisition, Hearst-based Pepco is poised to further grow its share of the market as the only family-owned fuels and lubricants company operating throughout eastern Canada.After years of expansion, and with various locations throughout town,...



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