SAINT-FÉLIX-DE-VALOIS, QUEBEC - Two Quebec firms were given fnding by the government to support equipment upgrades.

Cabinetry and countertop fabricator Meubles J. Parent  Inc. was awarded C$69,700 in a government loan, to acquire a cabinet door production line. And Cuisines Concept Plus Inc., Rivière-du-Loup, was awarded $90,000 in repayable financing for a digitally-controlled machining center, design and production software, hinge installers and a dust extractor.

Cuisines Concepts Plus Inc. specializes in the manufacture of high-end kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities. Meubles J. Parent Inc. contract manufactures kitchen cabinet doors and bathroom vanities in veneered or solid wood. Canada categorizes the wood products firms' operations as among secondary and tertiary wood processing sectors, and considers support of its deveopment a priority for the area.

The Government of Canada is investing in wood products and forestry firms to revitalize areas whose economy was hard hit by the economic downturn.

Meubles J. Parent's project involves the installation of a new five-piece melamine cabinet door production line so it can stay current in production of cabinet and bathroom furniture trends. Demand for five-piece melamine doors (at a 45 degree angle) is growing, says the Temporary Initiative for the Strengthening of Quebec's Forest Economies (TISQFE), which funded the project. 

Cuisines Concept Plus Inc. is part of the Bas-Saint-Laurent enterprises associated with the forest product processing niche. This financial assistance has been awarded through Canada Economic Development’s Community Diversification program.

The funding is part of more than $2 billion being invested by the Canada's national and provincial governments. In October Quebec Province funded $30 million in projects for forestry firms. The province has established a $1 billion fund to support forest development, including upgrades of roadways.

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