Leeds Grenville
Economic Development eNews | August 2, 2016
Business Profiles
Top feature photo: Eric Martin, left, and Jim Sneyd started the company back in 2000. 


Above and below photos are models of a palletizing systems designed and installed by JAE Automation.



JAE Automation helps businesses grow
with made-to-order industrial solutions 
KEMPTVILLE - JAE Automation's Jim Sneyd and Eric Martin are the founders of the largest total systems integration company to call Eastern Ontario and Leeds Grenville home.

"We help customers get an ever better return on their investment by becoming more efficient so they grow," says Eric, president of the company. Founded in 2000, JAE Automation has achieved a leadership position in shop floor automation. The company employs 11 people at its 701 South Gower Drive facility near Highway 416. 

"We're about bringing another fresh perspective to the table, about enhancing operations" says Jim, company vice-president. 

JAE designs, develops and implements systems for your business needs. Work includes everything from service calls to large development projects. The company serves dairy, consumer goods, metals, medical, pharmaceutical, nuclear, and pulp and paper industries. 

JAE has local, national and international clients, including James Ross/IBS, Procter & Gamble Inc. and Parmalat Canada, to name a few. The company offers automation consulting, electrical control design and on-site systems testing, robot integration, onsite commissioning and start-ups, IT services (database development, PLC programming and reporting), and manufacturing safety upgrades. 

At JAE, they believe having mechanical services is integral to providing turnkey automation solutions to their customers. Some of their services include 3D modeling, drawings, machine guarding, packaging line integration, changeover optimization, ergonomic design, process piping and robotic cells.

JAE is the only authorized system integrator for FANUC in Eastern Ontario, is an authorized partner with Rockwell Automation and has experience with GE Intelligent Systems, Siemens, Omron, Schneider and other automation suppliers.

Learn more about JAE Automation by visiting their website, calling 613-258-4523 and watch a video featured on the FANUC YouTube Channel.



Kricklewood Farm expands product base
and hosts weekend Sunflower Festival 
FRANKVILLE - If you know Kricklewood Farm, you will know it is famous for its pure, small-batch, cold-pressed sunflower oil now sold at more than 100 locations.

What you might not know is there is now even more to enjoy from the Kricklewood pantry. The newest additions by farm owners Dale Horeczy and Brad Daily are their four Sunflower Oil Infusions featuring garlic, roasted chili, basil and lemon flavours. The infusions will be featured in an appetizer cook-off tasting alley at their upcoming Sunflower Festival on the farm at 421 Kitley Line 8 Road.

"The infusions have brought new customers to the table," says Dale. While their sunflower oil remains as popular as ever with foodies, the infusions are moving into "gifty-type" shops. "The appeal is broader," he says. They've also introduced sunflower oil vinaigrettes. 

Kricklewood Farm processed its first crop in 2012. Since then the sale of its sunflower oil has spread across eastern Ontario and as far west as Peterborough. In addition to their oils, their product line includes natural goat's milk soap, unpasteurized raw honey and farm-gate eggs. Dale and Brad are regulars at area farmers' markets. 

The perfect opportunity to visit Kricklewood with their stunning 15-acre field of sunflowers is at the Sunflower Festival this Sunday, August 7th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hundreds attended last year to enjoy farm and field tours, arts and crafts, pet and people portraits, musical stage, a farmers' market, BBQ, and tasting alley. There are going to be more than 30 vendors this year with proceeds to benefit Mel's Farm All Animal Rescue. 

Visit their website to learn more about this local business or to shop online. Check out their Facebook page, give them a call at 613-275-9901 or send an email. Learn more about the sunflower festival.
Above feature photo: Brad Daily, left, and Dale Horeczy are shown in their sunflower field with their trademark red barn. No herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used.

Dale is shown with the new oil infusions. The product will be used in appetizers at the festival on Sunday, August 7th.

The Sunflower Festival in 2015.

The award recognizes Leeds Grenville residents who volunteer to help improve their local economy.
Economic Development Leadership Award nomination forms available online
Nominations are now being accepted for the Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 30th.

The award is presented each year to an individual volunteer who has shown outstanding committment to economic development resulting in the growth and vitality of the Leeds Grenville region. The individual may be involved with local Economic Development Committees, Chambers of Commerce, industry associations or other economic development activities.

Save the date:
The winner will be announced at the annual Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit on Friday, November 18th at the North Grenville Municipal Centre.

Nomination forms are now available on the Counties website. For more information contact Deanna Clark at 613-342-3840, ext. 5360.
Immigrant Entrepreneur Award nominations now being sought

The Leeds Grenville Immigration Partnership is accepting nominations for the second annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur award. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 16th. 

Immigrant entrepreneurs come to Canada with new ideas and business approaches. Leeds Grenville is home to a large number of these individuals. Nominees must have been born outside of Canada, be an owner/operator of an active business and reside within Leeds Grenville. They must demonstrate characteristics of a successful entrepreneur. Learn more on our Community Media Releases webpage.
Workshops and Seminars
Business Coaching being offered throughout August

A four-session business coaching series begins Monday, August 8th, and runs every Monday until August 29. ActionCOACH's Kevin Savoy will be leading the sessions at the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre at 3 Market Street West in Brockville. Sessions run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more about this and how to register on our Workshops and Seminars webpage.