Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska, NB - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), and the Honourable Madeleine Dubé, Minister of Health and MLA for Edmundston-Saint-Basile, announced today a combined federal and provincial investment in Ébénisterie Tech Design Woodworking Inc. in Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska. This investment will allow the company to undertake important improvements to its manufacturing facility and plant operations.

“Our Government’s top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians,” said Minister Valcourt. "Our investments will help Ébénisterie Tech Design Woodworking acquire a new manufacturing facility which will allow the company to improve its efficiency and the quality of its products. By supporting projects like these, we are investing in the future of Madawaska, making it a better place to live, work and raise a family."

"A stronger economy is a vital part of the provincial government's plan for rebuilding New Brunswick," said Dubé, on behalf of Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud. "This investment will allow the operation to undergo important improvements and increase its production.”

Ébénisterie Tech Design Woodworking Inc. is based in Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska. The company is in its fourth year of operation and has enjoyed steady growth. The company has been successful in carving itself a special niche in the commercial and institutional furniture manufacturing industry while being an active subcontractor in the manufacturing of wooden components. The combined federal and provincial investment will help the company acquire new manufacturing space and support key improvements including training for staff in leading edge lean manufacturing processes.

"The financial support provided by both the federal and provincial governments is very important to the achievement of our current and future projects while improving the quality of our products," said Patrick Ouellette, President and owner of Ébénisterie Tech Design Woodworking. "Our top goal has always been to increase the productivity of the company and remain competitive as we continue to maintain and increase the number of jobs," he added.

The federal government, through ACOA’s Business Development Program, is providing a repayable contribution of $192,647 toward this project and an additional non repayable investment of $32,477. The Province of New Brunswick is investing $94,300 through the Northern New Brunswick Economic Development and Innovation Fund, as well as an additional $60,000 through the NB Growth Program. Ébénisterie Tech Design Woodworking Inc. is contributing $160,053 towards the project.

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