Maintaining the activities of a major employer in the Granit RCM - Canada's new government grants $600,000 in funding to Maison Usinex Inc.

    MILAN, QC, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Acting on behalf of the Honourable
Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of Canada Economic
Development, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Member of Parliament for
Mégantic-L'Erable and Secretary of State for Agriculture, today announced the
awarding of $600,000 in funding, $96,000 of it in the form of a non-repayable
contribution, to Maison Usinex Inc. to enable the firm to pursue its
operations and develop new markets.
    Maison Usinex Inc., a strategic player in the economy of the rural
municipality of Milan, specializes in the design, manufacture and sale of
prefabricated homes. Founded in 1992, this family-owned business has earned an
exceptional reputation throughout Quebec and become widely recognized for the
quality of its personalized customer services. However, after the Morin family
plant was completely destroyed by fire in December 2006, Maison Usinex decided
to turn this tragedy into an opportunity for expansion.
    "Canada's new government is committed to principles and policies that
will set the stage for economic growth and new business opportunities. This
contribution from Canada Economic Development will allow Maison Usinex Inc. to
undertake an expansion and leading-edge equipment acquisition project intended
to help the company raise its production capabilities from four to six houses
per week. With an overall investment of $4,360,000, this project will
translate into the maintenance of 65 jobs and the creation of another 20 new
positions," stated Mr. Paradis. "This project is well in line with the
initiatives our government has put in place to give our country an
entrepreneurial advantage and make it a world leader, today and for
generations to come. To that end, we are working to reduce useless regulations
and administrative annoyances, lower income taxes and other taxes, and
stimulate business investment in the process."
    "Following the fire at our plant, the entire community rallied together
to help us resume our activities. In the face of such a display of solidarity,
my brothers and I decided to turn this harsh blow into an opportunity for
growth that will enable us to explore new market possibilities. Thanks to this
major investment, our new plant will be bigger, more efficient and better
equipped. This will allow us to play an even more active role in the economic
growth of the Granit RCM," noted Maison Usinex President Raymond Morin.
    This funding from Canada Economic Development, awarded through the
Community Economic Diversification Initiative-Vitality (CEDI-Vitality), is
contingent upon Maison Usinex's compliance with the requirements of the
Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

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For further information: Lyne Montpellier, Communications, Canada
Economic Development, (819) 371-5182, 1-800-567-8637,; Mark Quinlan, Director of Communications,
Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis, (613) 759-1107,; Canada Economic Development is online at; Subscribe to the Agency's press releases at to keep up
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