Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | May 19, 2015
Business Profile
Local geo-technical company creating products needed in large structures across North America
Con-Tech Systems in the Elizabethtown-Kitley Business Park has a big reach across this continent.The geo-technical company creates innovative, solution-based products which support hydroelectric dams, highway construction, deep excavations and foundations for larger structures across North America. 

"A majority of the items produced at this facility are shipped to Boston and New York City," said President Dan MacLean. "We were the supplier of the large rock anchors that were used in the deep excavation required for the creation of the new Freedom Towers in New York City."

The company was started in British Columbia in 1983. In 2002, Con-Tech expanded east. Leeds Grenville was chosen as an ideal location to service the urban locations of Montreal, Toronto and the north-eastern United States. Con-Tech employs 15 locally with a total of 50 across North America. Products made here have gone as far west as Manitoba for a hydroelectric dam and east to Halifax for an expansion of the Irving Ship Building facility. Dan said the Leeds Grenville area has allowed the operation to expand significantly since located here 13 years ago. To learn more about Con-Tech Systems visit their website.

Top feature photo: Con-Tech Systems President Dan MacLean at the facility and above with one of their products.

Blue Gypsy wines soon in LCBO stores
Blue Gypsy Wines, a family owned and operated winery in Oxford Mills, is the latest eastern Ontario winery to become an approved supplier to the LCBO. 

"This is a huge victory for us and for small wineries in general," said owner Louis Gaal. "We have been vocal advocates for the small producers and this achievement should serve as an inspiration to others to make the effort and gain a foothold in the market."

Blue Gypsy's cranberry wine will be available in some Ottawa area LCBO stores this spring or early summer. It is the first fruit wine in eastern Ontario to be sold by the LCBO. Blue Gypsy Wines, located at 1595 Lindsay Road, offers hand-crafted fruit wines and fruit wine vinegars without added sulfites. 

Blue Gypsy opened for the season on May 15. Learn more about this Leeds Grenville winery and its special events by visiting their website. 
First annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Award coming later this year

The Leeds and Grenville Immigration Partnership is launching a new award to recognize immigrant entrepreneurs. The Immigrant Entrepreneur Award will be presented at the Bridges to Better Business Conference during Small Business Week in October.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 26. Nominees must have been born outside of Canada, be a resident and owner/operator of an active business in Leeds and Grenville. Nomination forms are available online or by contacting the Leeds Grenville Immigration Partnership at 613-498-2111.

This is a joint effort by the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre, the Employment and Education Centre, CSE Consulting, KEYS Job Centre and TR Leger Immigrant Services.
Workshops and Seminars
Employer Training Workshop
Tuesday, May 26, registration at 7:30 a.m.
Deadline to register: May 19
Employment and Education Centre
105 Strowger Boulevard, Brockville
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Smart Device - Smart Business
Friday, May 29
Ongoing seminars
Small Business Advisory Centre
91 Cornelia Street West, Smiths Falls
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