MacDougall Steel Erectors purchases former McCain plant in Borden Carleton

Premier Wade MacLauchlan joins Ron MacDougall, President and CEO of MacDougall Steel Erectors (centre), and Heath MacDonald, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism at an announcement marking MacDougall Steel's purchase of the former McCain Factory

A Prince Edward Island Company will expand their operations into the former McCain Plant in Borden-Carleton bringing new jobs and positive economic growth to the community and province.
MacDougall Steel Erectors (MSE) and the Province announced the sale today at the facility.
“Among the Province’s primary goals is to grow the economy, expand exports and create the conditions for job growth, especially in rural parts of the province,” Premier Wade MacLauchlan said. “The expansion of MacDougall Steel Erectors into the former McCain’s facility positions the company to seek out larger and more lucrative contracts, expand exports, add new jobs, and continue the tremendous success of this region in the manufacturing sector.”
The Province acted as a facilitator for the sale and helped identify possible buyers for the building.
The purchase of the new facility will expand the workforce at MSE. It will also allow the company to diversify its products and services.
“We believe this facility will allow us to grow our work force and capacity, diversify our markets, and give us the ability to compete on larger jobs in Western Canada and in the United States,” Ron MacDougall, President and CEO of MSE said. “We could realistically add up to 140 jobs to the area.  The key to our success is our highly skilled, hard working employees. Great employees make great companies”
The increase in space will allow MSE to grow into different markets such as pipe spooling, heavy complicated industrial, plate work, pressure vessel fabrication and increase its structural steel and miscellaneous metals fabrication. MSE hopes to assist other companies by supplying parts fabrication and steel sales.   
The McCain’s plant closed in October, 2014. At the time McCain’s set up a $2 million transition fund to be administered by Innovation PEI. Shortly thereafter a steering committee was established by Innovation PEI including representation from Borden-Carleton, the Central Development Corporation, ACOA and McCain’s to administer the fund and review applications for funding. A request for proposals for the fund will be made public on Monday, January 16, 2017.
“The fund was established to assist with the redevelopment of the facility and to act as a catalyst for economic development in the community and region,” Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Heath MacDonald said. “We anticipate receiving applications from a number of different sources in the region.”
MSE was incorporated in 1998 by Ron and Gloria MacDougall. It has grown from two employees to 107. MSE Issued T4s of $11.7 million last year. Sales in the last four years have ranged from 88%-94% export out of the province.
A key indicator of a vibrant economy is the level of manufacturing sales. Prince Edward Island has witnessed an increase in manufacturing sales with October year-to-date growth of 5.3% compared to 2015.  PEI leads all other provinces through October and far outpaces the national average of 0.4%.  Total PEI manufacturing sales for 2016 have increased by more than $70 million through October compared to 2015.

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