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February 25, 2011 07:00 ET

Economic Action Plan Supports Innovative Research and Development in Cambridge

Rutherford Controls International Corporation is upgrading electromagnetic lock products to 'green' building standards

CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2011) - Technological advances in electromagnetism will make commercial door locking products more economical and environmentally efficient, thanks to a Government of Canada investment announced today by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology.

"The Government of Canada is investing in science and technology to create jobs, strengthen the economy and improve Canadians' quality of life," said Minister Goodyear. "We are supporting Canadian firms that successfully develop and apply innovative technologies, linking scientific research to commercialization, jobs of the future and economic growth."

Through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), Rutherford Controls International Corporation will receive up to $34,500 to develop more efficient electromagnetic locks in order to meet upcoming 'green' building standards. This funding will allow the company to introduce three new products to market and will improve the efficiency of the company's current products.

"NRC-IRAP helped us find an internationally renowned technical expert right here in Canada that we never would have been able to find or access on our own," said Mr. Eric Gowland, Director of Operations. "This relationship, in addition to the funding provided by NRC-IRAP, will allow us to make significant technological advancements in our products that will give us a huge competitive advantage in the market place – ultimately, we will increase sales, including exports, and dramatically improve our market share in our target markets."

Headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, Rutherford Controls is an international supplier of electrified locking products, with clients ranging from locksmith and security distributors, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and custom locking solution providers. Fifty people are currently employed by the company and four more are expected to be added within the next few years.

About the National Research Council of Canada and its Industrial Research Assistance Program

The Industrial Research Assistance Program provides a range of both technical and business-oriented advisory services along with necessary financial support to qualified innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada.

The program is delivered by a field staff of 240 professionals in more than 100 communities across Canada. The National Research Council of Canada is committed to working with small and medium-sized enterprises while they realize their full potential, turning knowledge and innovation into strategic opportunities, jobs and prosperity for all Canadians.

Canada's Economic Action Plan provided new resources of $200 million to the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program over two years to support innovative firms in Canada. Learn more at Canada's Economic Action Plan website (

More information is available online at the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program's website (

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  • National Research Council Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
    Gary Toft
    Director of Communications