Produits métalliques Bussières receives $130,000 from Government of Canada to acquire equipment



    SAINT-HENRI-DE-LEVIS, QC, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of State
for Canada Economic Development, the Honourable Denis Lebel, accompanied by
Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, today announced the
payment of a $130,000 repayable contribution to Produits métalliques
Bussières. The enterprise will be using the federal assistance in particular
to acquire leading-edge equipment.
    Produits métalliques Bussières specializes in sheet metal processing. Its
clients, who subcontract the manufacture of their products to the firm,
consist of enterprises with global reach in different sectors, including
industrial construction, recreational games and transportation.
    Minister Lebel underscored the dynamism of this firm and the boldness of
its young president, Steve Bussières. "Produits métalliques Bussières has
given priority to adopting leading-edge technology and acquiring specialized
equipment to modernize its folding department. This wise choice will enable it
not only to create several short- and medium-term jobs, but also to generate
substantial productivity gains, perfect technically advanced products and
increase its sales. The Government of Canada," the Minister continued, "wishes
to support enterprises which, like this Saint-Henri-de-Lévis SME, invest and
establish strategic plans to attain their goals."
    For his part, Mr Blaney was delighted that Produits métalliques
Bussières, one of the jewels of the Chaudière-Appalaches metal fabrication
sector, is so firmly committed to being competitive. He also pointed out that
this sector is one of the strongest in the region. "In June 2008,
Chaudière-Appalaches had 169 metal fabricating enterprises, or just over 8% of
the Quebec total," stated the MP for Lévis-Bellechasse.
    The assistance from the Government of Canada is paid under the
Productivity Support component of Canada Economic Development's Business and
Regional Growth program. Projects supported under this initiative will help
improve the competitiveness of Quebec manufacturing firms by enabling them to
become more productive. The program seeks in particular to help enterprises
improve their performance, become more competitive and engage in more
innovation to facilitate their sustainable development.




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For further information: Guylaine Beaudoin, Communications, Canada
Economic Development, (418) 648-4679, Cell.: (418) 580-8215,
guylaine.beaudoin@dec-ced.gc.ca; Eric Lefebvre, Press Secretary, Office of the
Honourable Denis Lebel, Canada Economic Development, Cell.: (613) 608-7906,
eric.lefebvre@dec-ced.gc.ca; Canada Economic Development is online at
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