FedDev Ontario supports custom millwork manufacturer’s Ancaster expansion

From: Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Over $580,000-investment enables Archmill House Inc. to scale up, reach new markets and create 25 high-quality jobs

April 17, 2019 – Ancaster, Ontario

Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister for Seniors, and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a FedDev Ontario contribution of $580,403 to Archmill House Inc., a leading custom manufacturer of architectural millwork and store fixtures for commercial, institutional and retail markets.

With FedDev Ontario’s contribution, Archmill House Inc. has undergone a 20,000-square foot expansion of its main production facility in Ancaster, including the addition of state-of-the-art manufacturing machinery. As this project has improved operating efficiency, such as reducing set-up times by 50 percent, Archmill House Inc. is better positioned to meet increased customer demand, accommodate larger contracts, maintain market competitiveness in Canada and accelerate growth into U.S. markets. In addition, 25 high-quality jobs have been created in southern Ontario.

This project aligns with the Government of Canada’s priority of supporting companies to scale up and innovate and create investments that strengthen the advanced manufacturing sector, one of five identified superclusters in Canada.

“FedDev Ontario’s investment in Archmill House Inc. has helped to strengthen the local manufacturing supply chain, and has led to the creation of 25 jobs in Ancaster, while increasing existing capabilities in this region, and reinforcing southern Ontario’s position as home to one of Canada’s advanced manufacturing superclusters.”

– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister for Seniors and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas

“Southern Ontario is Canada’s leader in advanced manufacturing. This investment has created new full-time jobs in the Hamilton area and has helped Archmill House Inc. scale up to compete here at home and abroad. It is investments like this one that position Canada as a global innovation leader today and tomorrow.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

“We are very thankful for this investment from FedDev Ontario, as the funding will allow Archmill House to invest in new equipment along with hiring and training new employees to meet our growing client demand.”

– Mike Donnelly, Director of Sales and Marketing, Archmill House Inc.

Quick facts

  • Established in 1986, Archmill House Inc. is a family-owned company with a project portfolio that includes architectural millwork in the Toronto Convention Centre, Fairmont Royal York Hotel, McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Centre and York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering.

  • FedDev Ontario is providing a repayable contribution of $580,403 towards Archmill House Inc.’s total project costs of more than $2.3 million.

  • As a result of the FedDev Ontario project, Archmill House Inc. expects to increase its local supply chain spending to procure an additional $7.4 million worth of goods per year from Ontario suppliers, with many located in southern Ontario.

  • This year marks 10 years of FedDev Ontario delivering funding and business services to support innovation and growth in southern Ontario. Since inception in 2009, FedDev Ontario has invested almost $2 billion in the region’s economy, with more than 31,000 jobs created and maintained over the past five years.

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