Personnel safety is the watchword at Tulmar Safety Systems Inc. in Hawkesbury. Company president Patrick Tallon (left), and the company’s founder and chief executive officer, Barney Bangs, are happy to have federal financial support for new three-dimensional technology additions to the company’s production line for personal safety gear, to help make it more competitive in the global market. MP Francis Drouin announced, December 2, approval of funding, under the Innovation Initiatives for Rural Eastern Ontario program, for Tulmar Safety and Contak Staffing Solutions of Hawkesbury, and also Atlantic Braids Ltd. in Chute-à-Blondeau, in East Hawkesbury Township.
Personnel safety is the watchword at Tulmar Safety Systems Inc. in Hawkesbury. Company president Patrick Tallon (left), and the company’s founder and chief executive officer, Barney Bangs, are happy to have federal financial support for new three-dimensional technology additions to the company’s production line for personal safety gear, to help make it more competitive in the global market. MP Francis Drouin announced, December 2, approval of funding, under the Innovation Initiatives for Rural Eastern Ontario program, for Tulmar Safety and Contak Staffing Solutions of Hawkesbury, and also Atlantic Braids Ltd. in Chute-à-Blondeau, in East Hawkesbury Township.

Tech industries receive federal upgrade aid

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
Businesses in Prescott-Russell’s tech sector are getting some federal financial help to keep them competitive in the global marketplace.

“We’re very grateful,” said Barney Bangs, founder and chief executive officer of Tulmar Safety Systems Ltd., “because you’re helping to put us on the map as a global player.”

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Des industries technologiques reçoivent une aide fédérale pour la modernisation

MP Francis Drouin and John Candie, executive director for the Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation, announced, December 2, funding approvals under the federal Innovation Initiative for Rural Eastern Ontario (IIREO) for three companies in Prescott-Russell’s tech sector.

Tulmar Safety Systems, based in Hawkesbury, produces high-quality personal protection and safety gear for use by fire fighters and other emergency response personnel and also by the military. The company is one of three tech sector outfits in the Prescott-Russell region which qualified for financial assistance from the federal Innovation Initiative for Rural Eastern Ontario program (IIREO).

The company will receive a $65,000 IIREO subsidy for its $130,000 upgrade project involving three-dimensional technology, including 3D welding, to increase and improve its production ability on inflatable products and covers for use by the Canadian military, and also commercial air companies in the Montréal/Mirabel aerospace cluster. The company employs more than 100 people at its Cameron Street plant. Company president Patrick Tallon anticipates hiring more staff once the new equipment is installed.

Contak Staffing Solutions, another Hawkesbury-based company, will receive a $41,153 IIREO subsidy towards its $82,307 systems service upgrade, which includes acquiring an app tracking software, which will aid the company’s promotional and marketing work, and allow it to better compete with other firms in major urban centres.

Atlantic Braids Ltd., based in the Village of Chute-à-Blondeau in East Hawkesbury Township, will receive a $100,000 IIREO subsidy for its $300,000 equipment upgrade. This involves purchase of a new rope machine to support expansion of the company’s production and supply operation.

The company employs more than 30, now manufacturing various kinds and grades of rope for markets in Canada and abroad. The new machine means a new shift at the company’s plant, and from five to ten new permanent jobs, to help prepare Atlantic Braids Ltd. to compete for new sale markets in Europe and the Caribbean.