Cambridge Brass lands
$380,000 provincial grant
Company expected to create 18 new jobs during next
Rutledge, Times Staff
Cambridge Brass employee discusses the company's products with dignitaries
following a $380,000 provincial funding announcement on Friday (Oct. 23).
By Lisa Rutledge
? 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.
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
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.
investment in leaner, in-house machining aims to make the company more
competitively priced and more attractive in American markets.
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.
is to expand our brand recognition and our presence in the U.S., as well as in
the Caribbean and Mexico.?
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.
$380,000 in government funding was announced at the Orion Place facility on
Friday (Oct. 23) by Cambridge and North Dumfries MPP Kathryn McGarry.
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.
said the grant will help support the company?s goals for growth and innovation.
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.
Brass, established 110 years ago, specializes in no-lead products used in a
variety of areas ranging from commonly used plumbing supplies to municipal