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Province Strengthening Local Economy and Creating Jobs

Sault Ste. Marie – The Ontario government is investing $1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to expand a local manufacturing business, announced David Orazietti MPP today.


"This provincial investment through the NOHFC will help a local business expand, acquire state-of-the-art equipment and create new jobs," said Orazietti. "Improving the competitiveness of our community's businesses creates opportunities and strengthens our local economy."


SIS Manufacturing Corp. is receiving $1 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to expand their structural steel machining operation.  The project involves major capital expansion to their facility and purchasing several pieces of industrial machinery.  SIS Manufacturing Corp.  provides finishing and shipping of locomotive train underframes.


This project will create 10 new jobs, some of which include robotic programmer, press brake operators and robotic welding technicians.  SIS Manufacturing Corp. has expanded their workforce from 30 employees in 2011 to 51 employees today.


“We at SISMFG are proud to be a Sault Ste. Marie based company and appreciate the support from NOHFC and hope to maintain the quality and production numbers necessary for continued success,” said Tony Porco, President of SIS Manufacturing. “Since the purchase of our new dual head Panasonic robotic welders, we have added the cutting edge technology we need to compete and maintain quality.”


Investing in business expansion and job creation in the North is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.




  • Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested $106 million into 874 projects in Sault Ste. Marie, creating or sustaining more than 3,237 jobs.


Some of the previous key NOHFC investments in local manufacturing companies include:


  • $2.1 million Flakeboard Ltd. expansion
  • $2 million SIS Manufacturing
  • $1 million Envirotek Sealing and Fibreglassing
  • $1 million Triple M Metal
  • $785,500 Palmer Construction Group Inc.
  • $738,200 Rector Machine Works
  • $475,000 Soo Foundry & Machine equipment upgrade
  • $202,750 China Steel





Find out about NOHFC and its programs


Find out about SIS Manufacturing Corp.


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