News Release Article from  Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Craig Manufacturing Ltd Expands its Operations in Hartland

March 18, 2016 – Hartland, N.B. – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

North America’s largest privately owned custom attachment manufacturer is bigger and better thanks to investments from the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick.

T.J. Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, and Andrew Harvey, MLA for Carleton-Victoria, on behalf of the Honourable Rick Doucet, Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries and Minister responsible for Opportunities NB, joined officials at Craig Manufacturing in Hartland today to mark the official opening of the expanded facility.

ACOA provided a repayable contribution of $500,000 towards the project through its Business Development Program, while the Province of New Brunswick contributed an equal amount through Opportunities New Brunswick. The company contributed the remaining $2,500,000 needed to complete the expansion.

The funding went toward adding 15 bays and new equipment, which will enable Craig Manufacturing to increase its production capacity and create additional jobs for the rural region.

Quotes

“Through ACOA, the Government of Canada is making strategic investments that build on competitive regional advantages and support diversification of our communities. We will continue to help Canadian businesses such as Craig Manufacturing Ltd grow, innovate and export so that they can create good quality jobs and generate wealth for Canadians.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

“This project will help Craig Manufacturing solidify its position as a leading North American manufacturer of heavy equipment attachments. Furthermore, we are pleased that our investment will support the creation of more advanced manufacturing jobs in the rural area of Carleton County.”

T.J. Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac

“Our government is focused on developing a supportive climate for businesses to grow and expand. The investment today not only creates 25 new jobs, but also provides support to the Industrial Fabrication Sector and increases the capacity and improves the efficiency of the existing facility.”

The Honourable Rick Doucet, Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries and Minister responsible for Opportunities NB

“Since being founded in 1946 by my Grandfather Woodford Craig, Craig Manufacturing has strived to be both a leader in the industry we serve and as an employer in our hometown of Hartland, NB. This new expansion will allow us to improve the service we offer our growing worldwide customer base while staying true to our roots here in Hartland, New Brunswick.  It is important to acknowledge the support of our federal and provincial governments in this project. By collaborating with our governments we are excited to be able to add to our Hartland manufacturing facility and create good jobs in our community.”

Ben Craig, President, Craig Manufacturing Ltd

Associated Links

• http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/eng/IWantTo/ExpandMyBusiness/Pages/Home.aspx
• www.craigattachments.com/

Contacts

Lisa Gautreau
Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-471-1565

Valerie Kilfoil
Communications
Opportunities New Brunswick
506-453-8168

Ben Craig
President
Craig Manufacturing Ltd
506-375-1701


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