Regional Development Corporation

Expansion of Eel River Crossing company supported (10/05/03)

NB 653

May 3, 2010

EEL RIVER CROSSING (CNB) - The federal and provincial governments have invested a total of $978,500 to support the expansion of the Léon Chouinard et Fils ltée plant in Eel River Crossing.



The announcement was made on Saturday, May 1, by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault and Senator Percy Mockler.

"Partnering with a company such as Léon Chouinard et Fils ltée demonstrates our government's commitment to economic development in Restigouche and New Brunswick," said Arseneault, who is also the minister responsible for the Northern New Brunswick Infrastructure Initiative. "Improving the success of entrepreneurs and small businesses is part of our government's plan, An Action Plan for Self-Sufficiency in Northern New Brunswick."

The project will enable the company to double its capacity to manufacture prefabricated wall units while increasing productivity, operational efficiency and product quality. More than 80 per cent of the market demand for these units originates from outside the Atlantic Provinces

"Our government is taking steps to stimulate the economy, create jobs and support communities hardest hit by the global economic downturn," said Mockler. "Our government is supporting an environment where businesses can thrive and grow. Through ACOA, our government's investment will help Léon Chouinard et Fils ltée enhance the province's high-tech manufacturing capacity and create long-term economic opportunities for this region."

Mockler was speaking on behalf of National Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield, who is also the minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the minister for the Atlantic Gateway.

ACOA is investing $500,000 under the Business Development Program, while the provincial government is investing $478,500 through the Northern Economic Development Fund. The funding will enable Léon Chouinard et Fils ltée - a leader in design and manufacturing of roof trusses, insulated wall panels, and open joist floor systems - to continue to diversify its operations in response to the increasing demand for prefabricated wall units.

The project involved the construction of a 1,368-sq.-m (15,200-sq.- ft.) building; renovations to existing buildings; the purchase of a panelized wall manufacturing line, specialized equipment and geothermal heating system; and landscaping and fencing.

"This new expansion, marked with new laser technologies and equipment, will allow us to become more efficient and greatly contribute with the growing demand for prefabricated structural building such as wall panels and floor section," said Gilles Chouinard, president of Léon Chouinard et Fils ltée. "By incorporating the most available technologies, this will distinguish us as a high-technology company and green oriented with our geothermal energy."



MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Ted Parisé, senior communications officer, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - New Brunswick, 506-452-3917; Gilles Chouinard, president, Léon Chouinard et Fils ltée, 506-826-2154.