Bridgewater Metal Industries Limited adopts high-tech equipment

From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Advanced manufacturing equipment will increase efficiency and quality

April 10, 2019 – Bridgewater, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Adopting advanced technology to modernize operations improves productivity and increases global competitiveness. That is why the Government of Canada is supporting a project at Bridgewater Metal Industries Limited (BMI) that will improve the company’s efficiency and product quality to better serve its customers.

BMI is acquiring Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining equipment, including a hydraulic press brake and a C-series plasma table for its facility in Oakhill. The new equipment will allow the company to fabricate and cut metal products faster and with greater accuracy, while minimizing metal waste. The machine is also safer and requires less manual labour.

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural and Economic Development and Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margarets, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced Government of Canada support for this project today.

Economic growth and the creation of good jobs for Atlantic Canadians require innovation and diversification. Support for this project is one way the Government of Canada is working to help businesses scale-up, increase productivity and participate in the innovation economy. Projects like this also contribute to the Atlantic Growth Strategy outcome of long-term economic prosperity in the region.

“Our government is laying the foundation for Canadians to become more competitive and succeed in the global economy. Today’s investment is building on our competitive advantages by helping BMI Ltd. modernize its fabrication division and improve efficiency to boost economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for Canadians.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Local businesses like BMI continue to adapt and adopt new technologies to remain competitive and spur economic growth in our region. This investment from ACOA will help BMI increase its efficiency and output so it can build a sustainable future and continue to contribute to Nova Scotia’s economy for years to come.”

– The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural and Economic Development and Member of Parliament for South Shore – St. Margarets

“BMI Group is a Nova Scotia family owned and operated fabrication, recycling, and trade labour company. We are pleased to modernize and expand our fabrication division. This investment in specialized equipment opens up new market opportunities and strengthens our vision of building a better life for our employees, our customers, and a stronger Atlantic Canada.”

– Martin Balcome, President, BMI Ltd.

Quick facts

  • BMI has been successfully operating for over 40 years in rural Nova Scotia and currently employs 20 full time employees at its Oakhill location.

  • The Government of Canada invested $92,500 in this project through ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program.

  • The Business Scale-up and Productivity stream of the REGI program supports businesses at various stages of development, including high-growth firms, to accelerate their growth, help them scale up and enhance their productivity and competitiveness in both domestic and global markets.

  • The REGI program continues to build on the objectives of the government’s Innovation and Skills Plan.

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