St. Marys Journal Argus
For years, the former Dana factory on James Street South sat empty — the truck part manufacturing company’s former employees long-since moved on to other jobs and/or other locations. So it was, justifiably, very big news when the Green Arc Tire Manufacturing Company purchased the factory in November and announced it would begin production there in early 2014.
But Steve Cousins is among the industrial-sector leaders in St. Marys who wants people — including politicians serving the Perth-Wellington riding — to know that all was not idle in the Town of St. Marys’ industrial breadbasket during those years that Dana sat empty.
“There are businesses that are making productivity investments,” said Cousins, General Manager at the St. Marys location of the Norampac division of Quebec-based Cascades Canada ULC.
The day after Green Arc hosted a “VIP” version of its recent public Open House, inviting federal, provincial and municipal politicians to learn about its plans, Cousins sent out an invitation of his own. Safety glasses in hand, he welcomed Perth-Wellington MP Gary Schellenberger and his wife Judy to tour Norampac’s James Street South facility, and observe several key investments made by the company in the past three years.
The Journal Argus was also invited, and the tour started with a leading-edge piece of printing technology installed by Norampac in 2011. The Evol press, manufactured by Mitsubishi, introduced a sophisticated level of high-speed printing for the packaging industry that had, at that point, not been seen in Canada.
“And that was only the beginning,” Cousins said of the upgrades undertaken at the St. Marys plant.
Watch future editions of the Journal Argus for further detail about the recent investments at Norampac in St. Marys.