Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation investments announced

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Canadian MoneyTHUNDER BAY – The Ontario government are investing $1 million in True Grit Consulting Limited. True Grit is a Thunder Bay based Canadian-owned company of Professional Engineers, Geoscientists, Industrial Hygienists, Occupational Health & Safety Specialists, Air Quality Specialists, Surveyors, and Technologists. Since the company’s inception in 2006, the team has grown to approximately 40 technical and administrative staff who provide a wide range of engineering, air, and environmental services and solutions to First Nations, Municipalities, and the Mining, Forest Products and Commercial sectors throughout Northern Ontario.

“With the province’s investment in True Grit Consulting Limited, we have been able to create a state-of-the-art professional office and materials testing facility that allows our employees to collaborate with a wide range of clients and solve the most challenging problems. The advanced IT systems we have invested in for this facility will allow our people to work and collaborate on projects anywhere, bringing world-class opportunity to the local market. This facility not only allows us to expand our existing and innovative technical services, it forms a crucial part of our national recruiting strategy to bring the best minds to work and live in Thunder Bay,” commented Eric Zakrewski, President, True Grit Consulting Limited.

With $390,000 in support from the Province, Digital Engineering Inc. has renovated and expanded their existing building to allow the company to increase its capacity to develop new products and services for the evolving domestic and export energy markets. This successful Northern Ontario company provides energy saving applications and servicing to industrial, commercial clients as well as municipalities.

“Digital Engineering would like to thank NOHFC and the provincial government for contributing towards our business expansion project. These funds will assist us with the construction of a two-storey addition and renovations to our existing office/manufacturing facility here in Thunder Bay. We will now be able to hire additional staff to meet the growing demand for our innovative energy solutions,”shared Les Perrault, President, Digital Engineering.

Also, provincial support in the amount of $107,500 has allowed a new snow grooming equipment company, Loch Lomond Equipment Sales to expand. The company initially stored and repaired equipment on the premises of Loch Lomond Ski Hill, and has recently acquired property to establish a new repairs facility and storage yard, adjacent to the ski hill.

“Loch Lomond Equipment Sales appreciates the generous support of NOHFC in the construction of our new state-of-the-art Product Support Centre. This has enabled the Company to transform from our humble development years to a full-service dealership, providing a comprehensive range of products and solutions for the First Nation winter road and mineral exploration sectors, and others with remote access challenges,” stated Rick Prior, Managing Partner, Loch Lomond Equipment Sales, Thunder Bay

“By increasing the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund from $60 million to $100 million annually, we have an increased capacity to help northern businesses. Our focus since 2005 has been to use the fund to create private sector employment, and today is another example of success in doing just that!” enthused Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan.