Small Business Week brought out the largesse from FedNor in helping Northern manufacturers maximize their efficiencies and achieve global competitiveness nirvana.
The federal development agency bestowed $23,375 on two Bracebridge manufacturers to do “operational assessments to improve manufacturing processes and increase production.”
True North Printed Plastics received $15,000 and the Milford Bay Trout Farm landed $8,375.
Similarly in Nipissing-Timiskaming country, three manufacturers – Metso Mineral Canada, North Bay Machining Centre and Wabi Iron and Steel – each received $15,000 to maximize their efficiencies.
Further up Highway 11, 75-year-old Thornloe Cheese gets $15,000 to assess its production processes.
The foodies at Sudbury’s Eat Local cooperative banked $46,500 to finish a business plan to expand its operation and make the Nickel City a “regional distribution hub” for agri-food products.
A recently-hired youth intern at Thunder Bay’s Kam Valley Industries will pocket $15,000 as the industrial design firm looks to grow its anodizing capability and attain its ISO certification.
The Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation on the north shore of Lake Huron received $500,000 to create an industrial park to capitalize on “rapid growth in the regional mining sector.” The money will be used for road construction, water and electrical servicing, and design, inspection and certification of the industrial park.
Once complete, the project will result in the establishment of four industrial lots covering 2.5 acres.