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Scholarship established in honour of Sudbury mining supplier

City Welding donation of $10,000 to recognize Georges Brouillette
Photographed with City Welding workers are (left to right) Brian Vaillancourt, vice-president of business development at Collège Boréal; Nancy Raymond, director of the development office at Collège Boréal; Robert Brouillette, president and owner of City Welding; and Pete L. Labelle, general/operations manager at City Welding. (Supplied photo)

Sudbury’s Collège Boréal will establish a new scholarship fund in honour of Georges Brouillette, founder of City Welding, to help students studying in the skilled trades.

On April 12, the Sudbury mining supplier donated $10,000 to the school to kickstart the fund.

In a news release, Collège Boréal said City Welding had been a key community partner, offering placements and internships to Boréal students enrolled in the millwright, welding and machinist programs, in addition to hiring new workers after graduation.

Georges and Gisele Brouillette founded City Welding in 1972 in their home garage, fabricating and installing trailer hitches, and repairing construction equipment.

Today, the company operates out of the Elisabella Street industrial park at the northeast end of Sudbury from a series of facilities with a total of 26,200 square feet of space.

The company offers fabrication and repair work, on or off-site, on a variety of metals, including mild steel, aluminum and stainless, and primarily serves the mining, construction, oil and gas, forestry, and energy industries.

Georges Brouillette retired in 2015, and his son, Robert, now serves as owner and president.

Collège Boréal is a French-language college with the main campus in Sudbury, in addition to 42 access centres across 28 cities in the province.