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Cambridge Brass lands $380,000 Provincial Grant

Cambridge Brass lands $380,000 provincial grant

Company expected to create 18 new jobs during next five years

Brass ring

Lisa Rutledge, Times Staff

A Cambridge Brass employee discusses the company's products with dignitaries following a $380,000 provincial funding announcement on Friday (Oct. 23).

Cambridge Times 

By Lisa Rutledge

CAMBRIDGE ? Local manufacturer Cambridge Brass is getting a $380,000 government boost to help support its $5-million capital investment bid to cultivate a competitive edge on the international market, and create 18 jobs in the process.

Cambridge Brass, described as one of the country?s leading designers and manufacturers of no-lead brass fittings for use in water utilities, is embarking on a five-year, $5-million investment to upgrade its foundry, machine shop, welding and soldering processes.

The capital investment ? which includes state-of-the-art automated and robotic machining ? will allow the local manufacturer to speed up its processing time to meet customer demands, and reel back in machining jobs previously outsourced offshore to cuts costs.

The investment in leaner, in-house machining aims to make the company more competitively priced and more attractive in American markets.

Right now we are the market leader in Canada, but we just have a small portion of the U.S. market,? explained Ed Hesselink, general manager at Cambridge Brass.

Our goal is to expand our brand recognition and our presence in the U.S., as well as in the Caribbean and Mexico.?

The upgrades strategy is also expected to result in the need to create 18 positions during the next five years, while also providing job security for the company?s current 100 employees.

The $380,000 in government funding was announced at the Orion Place facility on Friday (Oct. 23) by Cambridge and North Dumfries MPP Kathryn McGarry.

The grant, funded by the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, is tied to a requirement for full implementation of the company?s $5-million investment and creation of 18 jobs.

McGarry said the grant will help support the company?s goals for growth and innovation.

This latest investment is a perfect example of our commitment to the long-term success of local economies and the people who work and live in Cambridge,? stated the MPP.

Cambridge Brass, established 110 years ago, specializes in no-lead products used in a variety of areas ranging from commonly used plumbing supplies to municipal waterworks.