Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | February 13, 2018
New Businesses
Top feature photo: Air Liquide President and CEO Bertrand Masselot, centre, cuts the inaugural ribbon in front of the new facility with, from left, MPP Steve Clark, Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau, MP Gord Brown and Ross Fuller, Air Liquide Vice-President,  Process Industries.

Mr. Masselot, above, and Mr. Fuller saluted local Air Liquide employees for their help in getting the high-efficiency facility up and running.

Air Liquide opens $30-million facility
JOHNSTOWN  - Air Liquide Canada has officially opened its one-of-a-kind new carbon dioxide re covery plant adjacent to GreenField Global. 
The world leader in gases, technologies and services hosted more than 60 people for an inaugural ceremony on Friday, February 9th, followed by plant tours. The unique facility is the only one in the country with a Health Canada drug establishment licence authorizing the fabrication, testing, packaging and labeling of medical grade CO 2

"With its state-of-the-art design and latest technology, the 170,000-square-foot facility enables us to capture the raw CO2 waste feed from GreenField, a leading Canadian ethanol supplier, and transform it (thus preserving the environment) into liquified CO 2 gas," said company President Bertrand Masselot. 

The strategically-placed plant enhances the company's bulk distribution fleet in Ontario and Quebec. It was constructed over the past two years and is now in full production with more than 300 tons per day capacity. Air Liquide Canada has its headquarters in Montreal.

Ross Fuller, Vice-President of Process Industries, called the Johnstown Recovery facility "a resounding success." He and Mr. Masselot commended the site's 30 employees and drivers, many of whom were at the opening ceremonies.

"After just four months of tests, audits and certifications, the results are astonishing," said Mr. Fuller. "Major industrial customers in Quebec and Ontario benefit from a nearby high quality gas supply source and Air Liquide makes a significant contribution to the local economy."

GreenField Global Plant Manager Brendan Bland said Air 
Liquide's presence fits squarely with GreenField's mission statement. "We look forward to a long partnership."

Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau said negotiations to bring the company to GreenField Global's Johnstown site began back in 2014. "It's a great synergy of operations," he said.

Learn more about Air Liquide Canada on their website and follow them on Twitter @airliquideCAN.

Hammering in the last spike of the company's completed first phase are, from left, Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MP Gord Brown and CREWS owner Clayton Jones.  

Clayton Jones accepts a symbolic "second spike" from Mayor Sayeau. The company has a second expansion plan in the works. Photo below: A section of the rail yard.

CREWS launches new rail yard at Johnstown
JOHNSTOWN - Interest is pouring in for the Canadian Rail Equipment Works & Services Inc. (CREWS) new railyard. 

The 96-acre site at 3518 County Road 2 was officially opened on February 2nd with the final spike driven in to complete phase one.

"We're very excited for this growth in eastern Ontario," said CREWS owner Clayton Jones. "All the right elements are here with the Highway 401-416 interchange, the nearby international bridge and the Port of Johnstown."

"We're happy with what is happening here," said Daniel Lajoie, CN Rail Manager of Accounts on hand for the opening and a reception that followed at the nearby Bridgeview Restaurant.

CREWS provides transloading from rail car to truck, or truck to rail car. It offers rail car storage, in-plant switching for large industry and provides certified operating crews for locomotives and track mobiles. This new location adds to existing operations in Maitland and Hamilton.

In September 2015, Leeds Grenville Economic Development Manager Ann Weir began working with Mr. Jones to connect him with potential properties and various agencies to support his business expansion plans.

"The need for a trans-loading facility was identified in the Eastern Ontario Transportation Needs Analysis completed on behalf of the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network Inc. in 2014," said Ms. Weir.

Call CREWS at 613-258-6919 or send them an email.
New Business Update

The arrival of Le Boat's Canadian fleet was marked  by a special unveiling ceremony with local elected and company officials and Parks Canada on February 6th at the company's Smiths Falls boat yard.
New Rideau Canal fleet arrives from Europe
SMITHS FALLS - The Le Boat Horizon fleet cruisers built for touring the Rideau Canal are here and ready to go.

The premier vessels arrived earlier this month and were welcomed with an unveiling ceremony at the Le Boat boat yard on Centre Street in Smiths Falls on February 6th. The cruisers were built in Poland and took their first voyage - as cargo - across the Atlantic. They will be launched this spring. 

"We have prepared our expansion into Canada for close to three years," said Cheryl Brown, Le Boat's Global Managing Director. 

"To finally see it all come together with the arrival of 16 newly-built canal boats actually arriving at our new base in Canada is really something amazing," Ms. Brown said. She noted sales are going well with customers from Europe and North America.

The boats have been designed for Ontario's waterways and will offer visitors a new way to discover the scenic surroundings and history of the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Last fall, Le Boat relocated its North American headquarters from Clearwater, Florida, to the Lockmaster's House on the Rideau Canal. The company is investing $16-million to operate the self-drive boats on the Rideau Canal. 

For more information call toll free at 1-800-734-5491 or visit the Le Boat website. 

Le Boat team members Lisa McLean and Heather Whiting cut the cake. Photo below: The Canadian fleet has four styles of Horizon vessels. 

Upcoming Events
Mayor's Breakfast coming up in Augusta Township
MAITLAND - The theme for this year's Augusta Township Mayor's Breakfast is "Four Years in Review - Economic Development Update." Augusta Mayor Doug Malanka, Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau and Prescott Mayor Brett Todd will all provide community updates.

WHEN: Friday, March 2. Registration at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast at 8 a.m. Presentations at 8:30 a.m. with the wrap-up at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: 1000 Islands Village, 1120 County Road 2, Maitland. Enter through the River Rock Pavillion 
COST: $10

Register online before February 23 or after that date email Wendy or call 613-342-8772, ext. 4470

RBC National Manager Jodi Wright.
International Women's Day event
NORTH GRENVILLE - RBC Global Asset Management National Manager Jodi Wright is the keynote speaker at the 2018 International Women's Day event. In keeping with the theme "Press for Progress," this presentation will address the unique opportunities and challenges women face from a financial perspective. Master of ceremonies is local author and editor Diana Fisher.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented celebrating a woman who has shown leadership in business for many years. 

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 4-9 p.m. The trade show, along with appetizers and cash bar, begins at 4 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. 
7:45 p.m. Keynote address
WHERE: eQuinelle Golf Course, North Grenville
COST: $75, includes entry to the trade show, dinner and presentations.

Register online, call Wendy or Jeanette at 613-342-8772, ext.4470, 4471 or email info@lgsbec.com 
Job Fairs
Call for Employers in Brockville area
Employers are invited to reserve a space at the upcoming Employment + Education Centre's Spring Job Fair. The annual Job Fair is a great way to meet a lot of job seekers in a short period of time and is often all that is needed to find the candidates you need for the summer season. It is also a way to build brand awareness while recruiting from the community.

WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Brockville Memorial Centre Hall
COST: Free. Call Kim at 613-498-2111, ext. 245 to reserve a table or email kim@eecentre.com before Tuesday, February 20.

Job Fairs for Prescott and Kemptville employers
CSE Consulting is hosting these events in association with the South Grenville Chamber of Commerce, Fort Wellington National Historic Site, Municipality of North Grenville and the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce. Visit the   CSE Consulting website   to learn more.

WHEN:  Thursday, Ma rch 1, 1-6 p.m.
WHERE: Fort Wellington National Historic Site, Visitor Centre, Prescott
COST: Free. Call Rod at 613-925-0222, ext. 208. to reserve a table.

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 1-6 p.m.
WHERE: North Grenville Municipal Centre
COST: Free. Call Sheri at 613-258-6576, ext. 203. to reserve a table.
Workshops and Seminars
SEO Basics - Search Engine Optimization

Learn the basics of using SEO to increase awareness of your business online. Presented by Lindsay Kavanagh of SEO Plus. 

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 
9 a.m. to 12 noon.
WHERE: Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia Street West, Smiths Falls
COST:  $20.

MailChimp: Creating Effective Marketing Campaigns

Presented by Lindsay Kavanagh of SEO Plus. Learn how to grow your business email list and market your clients using MailChimp, incorporating beautiful graphics and sales copy.

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 
1-3 p.m.
WHERE: Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia Street West, Smiths Falls
COST: $20

Creating Killer Content 
for Websites

Identify your voice, tone and target audience for developing solid web content and sell your business brand. Cathy James is the facilitator. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops.

WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
WHERE: Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia Street West, Smiths Falls
COST:  $20
Breakfast and Business Workshop Series: Finance 101

Learn about creating and interpreting reports for profit. The session is hosted by the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre.

WHEN: Friday, March 23, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Chateau Brock Restaurant, 803 Chelsea Street, Brockville
COST: $25
Learn more and to find out how to register visit our Workshops and Seminars page.
Workshops and Seminars
Economic Development Staff