Kawartha Met­als an­chors new in­dus­trial fa­cil­ity

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - JA­SON BAIN EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER Brant­ford Ex­pos­i­tor jabain@post­media.com

The an­chor ten­ant of a 112,000-square-foot in­dus­trial fa­cil­ity ex­pected to open in the city’s south end next fall is look­ing for­ward to the next stage of its growth, says the man who started Kawartha Met­als in his Bewd­ley garage in 1994.

“The idea is to create more ef­fi­ciency,” com­pany founder Tom El­liott said af­ter Wed­nes­day’s an­nounce­ment about the Peter­bor­ough In­dus­trial Cen­tre, which will be built on nine acres at 1961 Fisher Dr. in Pres­tige In­dus­trial Park.

Ground is ex­pected to be bro­ken in the spring, said cen­tre coowner Ted Ward-Grif­fin.

The move will con­sol­i­date Kawartha Met­als’ two lo­ca­tions into one – 65,000 square feet that will al­low it to ex­pand its range of metal prod­ucts and pro­vide cus­tom cut­ting, drilling and plasma ser­vices to its grow­ing client base, El­liott said.

The com­pany has out­grown its cur­rent lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing a site on Harper Rd. where it ex­panded to in 2006, as it has ex­pe­ri­enced about 10 per cent of growth an­nu­ally as it con­tin­ues to find new mar­kets, he ex­plained.

It will be the cus­tomers who ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit as Kawartha Met­als adds equip­ment al­low­ing it to bol­ster its prod­uct line, El­liott said. It has clients in Peter­bor­ough, Toronto, Ot­tawa and as far away as North Bay and New York state.

When he first opened the busi­ness, its slo­gan was “The Candy Store for Welders.” Since then, it has grown to em­ploy more than 30 peo­ple. The move will see that num­ber quickly grow to about 40, with more staff growth ex­pected be­yond that.

“Every step is a big step in the busi­ness world,” El­liott said, prais­ing his staff for their role in the suc­cess of the com­pany. “I’ve got a great team that helps make it all work.”

Kawartha Met­als sup­ports the lo­cal sup­ply chain, re­ly­ing on the lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing base, and hopes to play a role in bring­ing more in­dus­try to the city, he added.

Ward-Grif­fin, who grew up in Peter­bor­ough and re­cently moved to north of Have­lock, said he is ex­cited about what is hap­pen­ing in the city, as com­pa­nies from Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area look for more­af­ford­able op­tions fur­ther out.

The ex­ten­sion of High­way 407 to High­way 35/115 and the qual­ity of life and af­ford­able liv­ing Peter­bor­ough of­fers are big parts of the in­cen­tive.

“That’s re­ally what made Peter­bor­ough ap­peal­ing for us,” he said, not­ing how the cen­tre will pro­vide easy ac­cess to High­way 7/115 and nearby Peter­bor­ough Air­port.

Its mod­ern, pro­fes­sional ap­pear­ance is also go­ing to ap­peal to com­pa­nies “look­ing for a build­ing to match their cor­po­rate im­age,” Ward-Grif­fin pointed out, adding how its en­ergy-ef­fi­cient de­sign, in­clud­ing high bay light­ing, will also give them lower op­er­at­ing costs.

The cen­tre, which will have space for up to four ten­ants with unit sizes rang­ing from 15,000 to 47,000 square feet, has been in the works for about eight months, he said. The own­er­ship group has com­pleted sim­i­lar projects in south­west­ern On­tario, with this its first in Peter­bor­ough.

The site, which will be across the street from the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, will be con­structed by Brant­ford­based Vi­cano Con­struc­tion Ltd. Among the com­pany’s projects is the sleek rede­vel­op­ment of the for­mer build­ing.

Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin in earnest next sum­mer with ten­ants tak­ing oc­cu­pants late next fall and the spring of 2018.

For leas­ing in­for­ma­tion, con­tact of Cen­tury 21 United Re­alty at 705761-2100 or dave.grif­fin@cen­tury21.ca. A team from Adam Scott Col­le­giate won third place Wed­nes­day at the 18th an­nual Toronto Au­to­mo­tive Tech­nol­ogy Com­pe­ti­tion that helped launch the Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in Toronto. Hay­den Bruce and Justin McCol­low of Adam Scott fin­ished third out of 19 high school teams from the Toronto area. They were coached by teacher Robert Flin­dall. By plac­ing in the Top 3, they won a Gen­eral Mo­tors ve­hi­cle for the Adam Scott auto shop for train­ing pur­poses. Au­to­mo­tive tech­ni­cian stu­dents com­peted on timed tech­ni­cal tasks and worked on a car that had been rigged with a no-start con­di­tion by au­to­mo­tive in­struc­tors from Cen­ten­nial Col­lege. St. Brother An­dre High School in Markham fin­ished first and Scar­bor­ough’s Jean Vanier Sec­ondary School was sec­ond.

JA­SON BAIN/EX­AM­INER

The fu­ture home of the Peter­bor­ough Pres­tige In­dus­trial Cen­tre, an­chored by Kawartha Met­als, at 1961 Fisher Dr. is seen on Wed­nes­day.

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