A former Toyota cold-weather testing property in Timmins has been sold to a new owner.
On July 9, city council approved the $1.15-million sale to Amen Holdings Inc., a holding company with Milman Industries Inc.
The 36-acre property, which went up for sale in April, is located along Highway 655 in the northeast area of the city, in the vicinity of Glencore’s Kidd Mine.
Toyota had operated the facility since the 1990s, where it tested its vehicles for suitability in cold temperatures before bringing them to market. The lease on the property expired last fall and, at that time, Toyota indicated it would not be renewing the agreement.
In a news release, Timmins Mayor George Pirie said the sale is great news for the city.
“Milman Industries Inc. has the potential to bring additional employment to the community, and has an excellent reputation of growing and evolving to meet the diverse needs of its customers, as well as the needs of the Northern Ontario mining and international industrial sectors," Pirie said.
Headquartered in Sudbury, Milman Industries owns several companies that cater to mining and other industrial applications, including Roztek Environmental.
In a report to council, Mark Jensen, Timmins’ director of community and development services, said that, following the sale, Roztek will use the property under the Amen Holdings name.
Roztek provides sanitary and septic services including portable toilets, septic services, commercial septic, locate services, video camera inspection, vacuum services, hydroblasting and pressure washing.
The company specializes in areas including mining, metallurgical, pulp and paper, forestry, cogeneration plants, municipalities, utility companies, commercial, residential, and more.
Jensen said additional companies under the Milman banner will eventually join Roztek on the property, with projected growth anticipated to create 100 new jobs.
The original version of this story appeared on TimminsToday.com.