Manitoba businesses benefit from support for steel and aluminum sector


July 26, 2019 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Western Economic Diversification Canada

Canada’s steel and aluminum sectors are key contributors to the Canadian economy, providing major industries with well-paying jobs and key inputs.

On March 11, 2019, the Government of Canada launched the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation Steel and Aluminum Initiative to provide $100 million in non-repayable contributions to SMEs within Canadian steel and aluminum supply chains for innovative projects that will enhance productivity and/or competitiveness.

Today’s announcement is for nine Steel and Aluminum Initiative projects in Manitoba:

Name of Proponent Project Description Location Funding Amount
 Arne's Welding Install manufacturing equipment and technology to add process efficiencies and capacity Winnipeg $260,000
Behlen Industries LP Acquire equipment and reconfigure production lines to increase manufacturing capacity Brandon $448,002
Centennial Wire Products Ltd. Acquire and install equipment to enhance productivity Winnipeg $235,000
Custom Castings Limited Design and implement a fully automated precision machining cell Winnipeg $517,500
Diemo Machine Works Inc. Purchase equipment to improve efficiencies in precision welding, machining, and fabrication Arborg $272,250
Herd North America Inc. Install advanced robotic manufacturing processes to expand production capacity RM of Springfield $1,000,000
NeuStar Manufacturing Inc. Purchase and install upgraded equipment and an Enterprise Resource Planning System Winnipeg $195,795
VAW Systems Ltd. Purchase and install automated CNC press brake and plasma cutter Winnipeg $ 315,000
Vidir Solutions Install new manufacturing equipment to increase production capacity and efficiency Arborg $1,000,000
TOTAL $4,243,547


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News release: Manitoba businesses benefit from support for steel and aluminum sector


Jill Ritchot
Senior Communications Advisor, Manitoba Region
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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