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Ribbon Cut At BWXT In Port Elgin

Port Elgin | by John Divinski  

BWXT President says it's critical that his company be close to the Bruce Power action.

Another Bruce Power supplier has officially opened offices in Saugeen Shores with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

BWXT Canada, formerly Babcock-Wilcox, is no stranger to Bruce Power having provided products and services to the Tiverton facility since it went online in 1977.

BWXT President John MacQuarrie says as Bruce Power goes through a refurbishment and about to embark on a Life Extension Program, it's critical that his company be close to the action.

MacQuarrie says there are six people, who live in the community, that are working at BWXT offices at the Southgate Plaza and he hopes to increase that number in the future.

He says if things go well, he will visit the option of having BWXT doing some manufacturing locally saying "We see some interesting opportunities in the tri-county area," referring to Bruce, Grey and Huron counties.

BWXT supplies Bruce Power with field services to inspect, repair and maintain the plant's critical nuclear components.

Many of those components, such as steam generators, are also manufactured by BWXT.

As a gift to the community and in honour of the new offices, BWXT has also donated $5,000 to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation.

President and CEO of Bruce Power Mike Rencheck admits he's done a lot of  ribbon-cutting events lately but says it doesn't get old.

Rencheck says, according to the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI), which has also set up an office in Saugeen Shores to help new businesses coming to the area, "There are about 20 or so companies that are already here and OCNI is projecting there will be another 20 or so companies moving in" over the next 3-years.

He says they're looking forward to the close collaboration with the new industries moving into the region.

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