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Sault steel fabricator snags provincial funding

SIS Manufacturing installs new CNC machine for locomotive work
Ross Romano at SIS
Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano makes a funding announcement at SIS Manufacturing, Nov. 1 (Twitter photo)

SIS Manufacturing, a Sault Ste. Marie steel fabricator, landed $528,394 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. (NOHFC) to expand its production capabilities.

Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano made the funding at the Peoples Road industrial beam manufacturer's shop on Nov. 1. It will allow the company to purchase a CNC machine to boost production of steel products for the locomotive industry.

A government news release said the funding will create 12 jobs.

“Industrial manufacturing is a vital economic contributor in communities like Sault Ste. Marie. This investment will help create good jobs and strengthen SIS Manufacturing’s reputation as a producer of high-quality steel beams,” said Romano in a statement.

“This is just one more way we are signalling to the world that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.”

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SIS owner and president Tony Porco was grateful for the government’s support.

“Through investments made by the NOHFC, SIS Manufacturing Corp and other businesses across the North are able to grow and continue to contribute to the economic wellbeing of the province.”

Porco, who is also owner of the popular Machine Shop restaurant, pub and event centre, is championing the makeover of the former St. Marys Paper mill site into a tourism attraction.

Construction is underway on a new Agawa Canyon Tour train station, exhibit  and gallery space, microbrewery and an outdoor event centre on his property near the International Bridge Plaza.