Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | June 21, 2016
Business Profile
Alloy Foundry and Village Metalsmiths
unique businesses in heart of Merrickville
MERRICKVILLE - Two of this community's oldest businesses are as busy as ever with customers from around the globe.

Alloy Foundry Company Ltd. is Canada's oldest foundry operating continuously since 1840 at its 117 Mill Street location beside the Rideau River. The historic business owned by Karl and Linda Feige continues to create custom products, including cast bronze commemorative markers, coats of arms and specialty crests, cast aluminum street lights and cast iron fences that are shipped around the world. Their products adorn embassies, public buildings, concert halls and homes and are sought out by government departments, large companies, architects and city planners.

"Our businesses work very well together," says Linda Feige, happy to be welcoming customers to the village.

Alloy Foundry created the historic twelve plaques on Parliament Hill's Centennial Flame. More recently, the Foundry fabricated in bronze a National Commemorative Marker for the Assembly of First Nations ARN and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF) to honour survivors and memorialize residential school experiences.

When it came time to restore the Governor General's fence and gate at Rideau Hall, Alloy Foundry was the natural choice as it had the last known wooden patterns for the fencing.
On the main level of the foundry is Village Metalsmiths, the delightful Foundry Shop famous for its cast metal home and business signs and bronze plaques. The garden collection spills out on to the lawn in the summer months. Displayed within the "old stone walls" are pieces of art, their famous benches with the decorative cast-iron legs, fireplace accessories, pot racks and so much more. A favourite is the replica Parliament Hill (Peace Tower) clock. 

Learn more about the Alloy Foundry on its website and the Villlage Metalsmiths Foundry Shop and its store hours on its website.
Top feature photo: Linda Feige of Village Metalsmiths and Alloy Foundry Co. Ltd. is shown with an array of their popular and durable home and business signs.

The Canadian Coat of Arms. Alloy also casts provincial and territorial coat of arms. Below the famous goose neck bench.

Hundreds at Tallman Truck Centre opening
KEMPTVILLE - More than 400 people attended the grand opening of the new Tallman Truck Centre on June 10.

The 22,000-sq.-ft. dealership is located at 400 Colonnade Drive and is very visible from Highway 416. It offers parts, sales and services for trucks and trailers as well as Idealease leases and rentals. The centre employs 55 people.

"In the beginning our company employed a modest staff of 20 people," Tallman Group President Kevin Tallman said. "Today we own and operate 11 dealerships throughout Ontario and employ over 500 people." 

At the grand opening of this state-of-the-art facility, company Chairman Gerald Tallman thanked staff and the North Grenville community for its continued support of the 43-year-old business he founded. Tallman Group is recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada's Best Managed Companies. Gerald Tallman received the Harry Pratt Ambassador Award this year for outstanding promotion of the North Grenville community.

The new facility is equipped with 5 drive-through bays that can accommodate up to 15 trucks at a time. Floors are heated and LED lighting creates a bright workspace. The centre has a fully-stocked parts warehouse. The original Kemptville Tallman location, now the Tallman Collision Centre, offers sandblasting, vehicle painting, modifications and certifications. Read more on our Community Media Releases webpage and visit the Tallman Group website.

Tallman Group Chairman Gerald Tallman, second from right, cuts the ribbon on the company's newest truck centre in North Grenville on June 10. From left: MPP Steve Clark, Tallman Vice-president Richard Shortt, President Kevin Tallman, Navistar Canada Fleet Sales Director John Bowen, Gerald and North Grenville Mayor Dave Gordon. Below trucks line the front of the new location.

Above from left: Northern Cables President Shelley Bacon, Vice-president Joe Brunner and President Todd Stafford, right, are shown with Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca. The Minister made the announcement on behalf of Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

Northern Cables receives funding to expand in Brockville and Prescott
Ontario is partnering with Northern Cables to expand its business in this region while creating 18 new jobs and retaining 163 positions at two facilities in Brockville and a third in Prescott.

The company is receiving $820,000 from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF). Funds will be used for a 30,000-sq.-ft. expansion to increase production at its main plant at 50 California Avenue. The company will also add equipment to manufacture aluminum strip at the Prescott location. The project's total value is $8.2-million.

"It's very rewarding to see the company reach this level," said Shelley Bacon at the official announcement June 16 attended by Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca. Northern Cables manufactures copper, aluminum and low-voltage cables for industrial, mining and commercial uses across North America. 

Northern Cables is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The company was launched by former Phillips Cables workers who had a long-term plan to build a company which now has sales of more than $100 million.

"I have to commend the management team," Minister Del Duca said. "You're an impressive company. Thank you for not being afraid to invest in new products."

Read more on our Community Media Releases webpage. Visit the Northern Cables website.

Above photos: Counties tourism representative Shannon Bleakney at the westbound ONroute Centre near Mallorytown; helping a couple from Halifax locate area campsites and parks. 
Tourism kiosks now open at ONroute Centres 
MALLORYTOWN - Tourism representatives are back at the ONroute Centres to provide tourism and event information to residents and visitors from around the world travelling on Highway 401.

The goal of the staffed kiosks is to provide visitor services and increase visitor revenues by drawing additional traffic off the highway and into our Leeds Grenville communities. Tourism spending has a direct and indirect impact on local economies with over 50% of area businesses being tourism related. 

The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office co-ordinates staffing at the centres to the end of August. This summer Lauren Pringle is the Tourism Representative Supervisor with Shannon Bleakney, Sarah Curry and Molly Read the Tourism Representatives ready to answer your questions. 

Local event and attraction coordinators are encouraged to contact our office if they have promotional materials to display at the kiosks. Please call 613-342-3840, ext. 5362 for more information or email administrator Joanne Poll. We are looking for event information to share. Posters and information can be sent to us via email.

Learn more about what this area has to offer in our Visit section of our Counties website.
Community Events

CEO and venture capitalist Arlene Dickinson speaks to a full house at the Merrickville Community Centre on June 11. 

Arlene visited Sole Obsession and Chaiya Decor co-owned by Lisa and Carlos Card.

Carol Palko and Judy Utman shop with the event swag bags. 
Merrickville Celebrates Women off to good start
MERRICKVILLE - The first-ever Merrickville Celebrates Women event could become an annual occurance.

"We would like to do it again," said Diane Burkhart, event co-chair and business owner. "Everyone says it's a good start." 

A highlight of the day was the guest appearance of former Dragon's Den TV personality Arlene Dickinson speaking on "Entrepreneurs & Women's Empowerment." The charismatic owner and CEO of Venture Communications told area business women to keep pressing forward with their business endeavours, support each other as business leaders, work together in the community and appreciate the opportunities living in Canada provides.

"When we use that to our advantage as women, we can change the world," Arlene said. She received a standing ovation after talking about her struggles to succeed, including battling poverty as a child and later as a young mother. 

Arlene grew Venture Communications from small, local firm to one of the largest independent agencies in Canada. She is also the CEO of District Ventures, a leading-edge business accelerator, and YouInc.com, a company she founded that is dedicated to serving and investing in entrepreneurs. Among her many honours, Arlene has been named in Canada's Most Powerful Women Top 100. She is the author of the number one bestseller Persuasion and her most recent release All In.

Participating business owner Terri Hamway, of Oh La De Da clothing shop, was happy for the exposure. She was able to meet with many new customers. "For the first time out, it was an awesome event," she said.

There was a fashion show featuring local merchants, a market showcase, health and wellness sessions, and shopping at 40 shops and galleries.

Visit the Merrickville Celebrates Women website to learn more and to see the four top prize winners.

New Summer Company entrepreneurs ready and open for business

Young business entrepreneurs from throughout Leeds Grenville are eager for your business. This year's Summer Company features 16 individuals with a variety of business plans through the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Entreprise Centre (LGSBEC). The services range from guided fishing tours, overnight kennel services, specialty foods, honey and preserves to vehicle detailing, lawn care, aerial photography and a sports camp for kids.

Learn more about these talented entrepreneurs and how to contact them for their services on our Leeds Grenville Community Releases webpage.To contact the Enterprise Centre email their office.