Feds invest $4.1M in Saskatchewan’s agricultural equipment manufacturing industry
May 10, 2017
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION
May 10, 2017 – The Government of Canada is providing more than $4.1 million in an effort to support innovation and international trade in Saskatchewan’s agricultural equipment manufacturing sector.
Morris Industries will receive $3,457,953 through the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative to commercialize an advanced manufacturing process and create new farm equipment products, while Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) will receive $700,000 through the Western Diversification Program (WDP) to rent trade show floor space at Agritechnica 2017 in Hanover, Germany.
Since 1929, Morris has developed and manufactured equipment and its products are sold through Canada, the U.S., and Europe, as well as Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
The advanced manufacturing technology commercialized by Morris with the WINN funding aims to help the company increase production capacity and offer new technology features in its products, while boasting global competitiveness.
Morris will showcase its new features in its products when it attends Agritechnica in November, along with more than 40 western Canadian agricultural equipment manufacturers, agricultural service companies, and technology companies.
“Accessing new markets is critical for our manufacturers for continued growth. We are pleased to support participation at Agritechnica in order to create new opportunities for Manitoba businesses to compete and succeed in the global marketplace,” said Cliff Cullen, minister of growth, enterprise and trade.
“We are grateful to be chosen by the Government of Canada as one of Saskatchewan’s most innovative companies through a competitive selection process, resulting in a significant investment by Morris to match the WD WINN funding, accelerating our plans, and positioning us for growth in the future,” continued Ben Voss, Morris Industries president. “This project builds on Morris’s 88-year track record as a globally competitive agricultural equipment manufacturer that uses leading-edge technology.”
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