Province supports MacDougall Steel expansion

Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Ron MacDougall, and Minister Heath MacDonald at January's announcement.

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Ron MacDougall sees a bright future for his company MacDougall Steel Erectors Inc. (MSE) thanks to a $7 million renovation and fit-up to its production facilities.

As part of its plan to grow and diversify, the company recently purchased the former McCain plant in Borden-Carleton. The purchase will provide more than 200,000 more square feet of production space to expand MSE’s fabricated structural steel and heavy industrial fabrication services and to add future products.

“This is an exciting day for our company, and a big step toward our ambitious plans for expansion and increased production,” MacDougall said. “Support from the provincial government has assisted in the growth of our company and our workforce, and we are confident that the renovation of our new facility will allow our company to expand into new markets, serve more customers and ultimately lead to the growth of our workforce and our exports.”

The project includes a full interior renovation and fit-up of the building, a new paint shop and blasting booth, and the purchase of production and steel handling equipment.

MSE began operations in 1998 with two full-time employees and in 2017 has nearly 100 employees. In that time the MSE has expanded four times to meet increasing demand. MacDougall projects MSE will add another 126 skilled jobs over the next three years.

From its existing plant in Borden-Carleton, MSE fabricates structural steel for export, and provides construction services across Canada and in the northeastern United States. MSE will maintain operations at its existing plant. The company plans to further diversify its product lines to include internal parts manufacturing, pipe spooling, plate work, stainless steel and miscellaneous metals fabrication.

The province will provide $3.5 million in repayable term financing towards this $7 million project and labour rebates worth up to $880,000 for the projected 126 new jobs at the plant.

“MacDougall Steel is an excellent example of an ambitious, fast-growing rural Island company with an international reputation achieving tremendous success in the construction and advanced manufacturing industries,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald said. “It’s important that government work together with our innovative Island entrepreneurs to provide support when necessary so they can grow, expand into new markets and create jobs for Islanders.”

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