Quebec manufacturer gets $300,000 for plant, automation investments
December 4, 2009 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Canada has awarded construction-goods-manufacturer Béton préfabriqué du Quebec (BPDL) $300,000 in repayable funding through the Community Economic Diversification Initiative – Vitality to enable the startup to acquire the equipment it needs to launch its operations in Baie-Comeau, Que. Requiring an overall investment of $3.5 million, this project — which includes investments in plant automation processes — will result in the creation of 20 direct jobs in the area.
The first plant of its kind in the CÃ´te-Nord region, BPDL will manufacture products intended mainly for the industrial and government construction sectors, including bollards, lamppost and signage footings, barrier posts and curb stones. This funding from Canada Economic Development will allow the new enterprise to implement a plant automation process, install travelling bridge cranes and purchase the moulds needed for the formwork of its various products.
"Through the various measures outlined in Canada’s Economic Action Plan, our government is supporting the entrepreneurial vitality of Quebec’s regions and helping small and medium-sized enterprises invest in leading-edge equipment to ensure their long-term prosperity. By answering the growing demand for quality products, Beton prefabrique du Quebec will be filling a niche in the CÃ´te-Nord region. Its activities will also help further the economic diversification of the region, a goal toward which all communities must strive in this day and age in order to remain strong and dynamic," explained Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development.
By processing the stone into the finished product itself, the manufacturing firm will be helping to create added value for CÃ´te-Nord natural resources. The startup of Beton prefabrique du Quebec fits in with the priorities established by the Canada Economic Development CÃ´te-Nord business office to encourage diversification of the economy by supporting the emergence of more manufacturing firms in the region.