Expanding to meet increased demand

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Current Ace Machining shop floor (left); work begins on an expansion to double the shop floor size (right)

Ace Machining will boost production capacity and create jobs

February 24, 2021 · Dartmouth, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Investing in innovative Atlantic Canadian companies will protect jobs, keep businesses running and keep the economy going. That is why the Government of Canada is supporting Ace Machining, a Dartmouth machine shop and manufacturing facility that pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic to create new products while continuing to serve existing customers.

Enlarging production facility enables company to hire new workers

Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, today announced a repayable contribution of $668,500 to Ace Machining to expand its production facility.

The project will double the size of the company’s shop floor, expand its Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operations and its fabrication ability. The extra space will enable Ace Machining to produce more custom made goods to meet growing demand, boost its revenue and hire up to 20 more people over five years.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to help these businesses grow, reach new markets, drive innovation and contribute to Atlantic Canada’s economic recovery.


“We are pleased to work with small-and medium-sized companies across Atlantic Canada to support a stronger, more resilient, globally competitive and inclusive economy. Investing to keep growing companies safely operating and contributing to the Canadian economy during these challenging times will help our economy come roaring back.”
-  The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“When the COVID-19 pandemic created new needs in the service industry, Ace Machining responded with creative designs to help businesses operate safely. By helping this innovative Dartmouth company expand its facility, we are enabling it to create good paying jobs for more Atlantic Canadians and grow the regional economy.”
-   Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth – Cole Harbour

“Ace Machining has had the future in mind since we started 13 years ago. Our goal is to grow the company through quality, honesty, transparency and inclusion.  We want to continue to provide good jobs and a happy environment in which to work. COVID-19 has really brought this home and reminded all of us here at Ace what is truly important.”
-   Andrew Race, Co-owner/Operator, Ace Machining

“Ace Machining is excited by our growth. As we move forward, we will be building on our equipment to become one of the most technically advanced machine shops. We are gathering a skilled workforce of top-level machinists and fabricators that will enable us to build anything. We would like to see Nova Scotia become a manufacturing hub to rival the rest of Canada.”
-   Ron Wallace, Co-owner/Operator, Ace Machining

Quick facts

  • Established in 2008, Ace Machining Limited offers manual and CNC (Computer Numerical Code) machining, fabrication, welding and waterjet cutting to customers across North America.

  • In the last six years, Ace Machining has nearly tripled its diverse workforce (from 11 employees to 32), representing nearly a dozen nationalities.

  • The company is adding 12,000 square feet to its production floor as well as 800 square feet to its office space so it can hire more people, take on bigger jobs and purchase more equipment.

  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ace Machining developed a line of products for the food service industry, which are being used by international chains, as well as local restaurants, to keep businesses safe and open.

  • Funding for this project is provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.

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Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

Chris Brooks
Communications Director, Nova Scotia
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Ron Wallace
Ace Machining

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