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Industrial supplier receives $1.3M federal loan for plant expansion

Sudbury Lime to build 21,000-square-foot processing plant on city’s outskirts
Serre Sudbury Lime

A Sudbury lime supplier is expanding with a second slurry plant in Markstay-Warren, east of the city.

Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré showed up at Sudbury Lime's Kukagami Lake Road property to announce a $1.3-million repayable loan from FedNor toward construction costs of a 21,000-square-foot slurry plant.

A May 24 news release said the expansion supports Sudbury Lime’s market expansion plans and research and development work.

The release mentioned five plant jobs are being created.

The new facility will automated and outfitted with the latest energy saving and product quality technologies.

“This plant will allow us to expand our customer base with the ability to produce a wide variety of specialty products for domestic and international customers,” said Sudbury Lime president Gilles Lebeau in a statement.

“We produce a differentiated product and this facility will allow us to establish capabilities to further enhance our offering for acid neutralization, water treatment, and a variety of specialty environmental reclamation applications and other industrial uses. A benefit of our product is that it can reduce many of our clients’ carbon emission footprint and that is timely given the global challenges we currently face.”

Sudbury Lime is a partnership between Carriere Industrial Supply and Milman Industries. It was established in 2003 to provide lime to Sudbury nickel miner Vale.

The supplier has since diversified to serve other industries across North America. Their existing 100,000-tons-per-year plant transforms quicklime into a high calcium lime supply.

The product is used in mine site remediation, industrial environmental reclamation, water and wastewater treatment, and in construction applications, such as an asphalt anti-stripping agent.

“This is another example of how innovation and technology can help Northern Ontario entrepreneurs and firms capitalize on new opportunities while strengthening our economy,” said Serré in the release.