SACKVILLE – Ontario-based CamTran is opening a manufacturing facility in Sackville with the support of the provincial government, it was announced Friday. The company expects to hire 15 people in Sackville within the first few months of operation.
The family-owned business makes, repairs and renews electrical distribution transformers. It will be looking for welders, a plant manager, coil winders, administrative staff, wire assembly technicians and machine operators in Sackville.
“This is a great opportunity for CamTran to grow as a significant player in the re-establishment of electrical power in regions affected by natural disasters,” said company president Kyle Campbell in a release.
“We plan on being instrumental in helping storm-hit areas in the Caribbean get their communities back up and running, and much of that work will be done in Sackville. It is also important that we build long-term relationships with the Atlantic Canadian power companies. We greatly appreciate the support of Opportunities NB and the province in enabling us to expand into eastern Canada.”
The manufacturing facility was previously owned by Moloney Services. CamTran bought the assets and hired a number of Moloney’s former employees.
The plant required a $900,000 investment for the land, building, renovations and equipment purchases. Opportunities New Brunswick is backing the project with an investment of up to $115,000 in the form of a non-repayable contribution.
The creation of the 15 jobs is estimated to contribute $2.3 million to the province’s GDP over six years.
“Job creation is instrumental to your government’s multi-year economic growth plan,” said Memramcook-Tantramar MLA Bernard LeBlanc in the release. “We are so pleased that Cam Tran has recognized the strong skilled workforce in New Brunswick so it can grow its Canadian and international markets.”
CamTran expects to employ 35 people at the Sackville facility by 2020.
The company has locations in Colborne, Ont., Chilliwack, B.C., and Spruce Grove, Alta. It currently has 260 workers in Canada.