Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

May 18, 2010 10:30 ET

J.L. Leclerc & Fils Inc. Receives $390,000 From the Government of Canada for the Acquisition of Specialized Equipment

SAINT-ANTOINE-DE-TILLY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - Acting on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière–Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, today announced the awarding of $390,000 in repayable funding to J.L. Leclerc & Fils Inc. through the Business and Regional Growth program for the acquisition of 3D laser cutting equipment to help the company pursue its expansion. 

Founded in 1988, J.L. Leclerc & Fils concentrates its activities in the Quebec energy and transport sectors. This family-run operation, which uses a just-in-time manufacturing system, offers innovative solutions for everything from the design to the manufacture of industrial metal parts. The company's customers include Novabus, Prévost Car, Bombardier and General Electric. To successfully implement its growth strategy, the management of J.L. Leclerc & Fils Inc. has made the decision to equip the plant with specialized machinery to better meet the requirements of certain customers seeking to subcontract a portion of their manufacturing operations.

"Canada Economic Development believes it is important to support J. L. Leclerc & Fils in these equipment investments, particularly in that the company specializes in the processing of metal products, a priority area for the Chaudière-Appalaches economy, and that this initiative will result in the creation of 16 quality jobs in Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly over the next two years," stated Mr. Gourde.

The Business and Regional Growth program is designed to help businesses improve their performance, become more competitive and engage more heavily in innovation in order to promote their sustainable growth. J.L. Leclerc & Fils Inc. is a fine example of an enterprise that has developed a highly-innovative project that is sure to benefit the region as a whole. Indeed, the firm will become the only Quebec company in its market to have this kind of equipment. By expanding the services it offers, J.L. Leclerc & Fils Inc. is thereby hoping to secure its growth and, ultimately, bolster its sales. 

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