Ontario Strengthening Manufacturing Sector in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on March 31, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing more than $200,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to two manufacturing companies in Sault Ste. Marie. This investment is creating employment, and expanding and modernizing business operations.

“Today’s investment will help create real opportunities through new highly skilled, good-paying jobs here in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “This funding is contributing to our local, regional and provincial economies, and is a great example of our community being an important part of the integrated supply chain in the industrial manufacturing sector.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $118,483 for Steel Speed – an industrial maintenance and construction services company – to purchase equipment to increase its manufacturing capacity
  • $83,871 to establish Grunewald Machine Ltd. – a machining and fabrication services business.

“Supporting local companies as they develop and expand creates jobs, keeps the North competitive and current, and attracts new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our provincial government funding is helping businesses thrive, leading to economic prosperity in our communities and providing real opportunities for northerners.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $613 million in 5,214 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.94 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,240 jobs.

Quick Fact

  • The Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.

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“Steel Speed is a multi-discipline construction firm. The NOHFC grant was used towards the purchase of a new Ocean Avenger 40 CNC Beam Line for our structural fabrication facility, which directly contributed to the creation of four additional local full-time jobs. The backing from the Ontario government and NOHFC contributions to local manufacturing and trades have created a positive and noticeable impact for the Northern Ontario economy that will last for years to come.” – Chris Rollin, General Manager, Steel Speed

“We would like to thank NOHFC for believing in our business and providing the support to make our concept a reality. The funding has allowed us to purchase the necessary equipment and tooling to successfully operate a machine shop. Since receiving the funding, we have been able to provide 5 full-time and 3 part-time positions. Our machine shop is now equipped with a variety of machines and tools, including manual and CNC lathes and CNC milling machines. Investing in new technology has helped us to grow our business and provide quality work to our customers.” – Danae Grunewald, Co-Owner & Secretary, Grunewald Machine Ltd.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

Media Desk, Communications Branch -- mediadesk.ndm@ontario.ca