Nipissing MPP Monique Smith
A long-time North Bay firm, responsible for designing and manufacturing mobile equipment that supports the global mining industry, is getting a boost from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to help expand its operations.
Ron Miller started Miller Technology in 1979 and the business has since grown to over 50 employees, with a 44,000 square-foot manufacturing plant, a Sudbury branch and worldwide sales. The NOHFC is investing $1 million to assist in the purchase of new manufacturing equipment and the training of staff in the expansion of the existing mining equipment manufacturing operation through the NOHFC’s Enterprises North Job Creation Program.
This NOHFC funding is part of the McGuinty government’s five-year Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and economic opportunities in Northern Ontario.
“Miller Technology has been an integral part of Nipissing’s economy for over three decades,” said Monique Smith, MPP for Nipissing. “And this funding announcement shows that our government recognizes the crucial role that expanding businesses, like Miller Technology, plays in creating jobs and supporting the growing mining industry in Northern Ontario.”
"I am extremely pleased that this successful local company is able to expand with the help of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. Northern Ontario's success depends greatly on economic growth to drive job creation and our government is committed to continuing to make investments like these which are helping Ontario turn the corner," said Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and Chair of the NOHFC.
"Our people design and manufacture mobile equipment that supports the specific safety and productivity goals of clients as demanding as the global mining industry. This funding partnership with the Provincial Government through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Enterprises North Job Creation Program will allow Miller Technology to grow to meet the increasing needs of users for improved safety, productivity and utilization while lowering the total operating costs of a global client base," said Ron Miller, President of Miller Technology.
• This funding is in addition to a $560,080 investment in May 2007 to assist Miller Technology in capitalizing on market opportunities, including the expansion of existing facilities for office and manufacturing space.
• In the 2011 Ontario Budget, Turning the Corner to a Better Tomorrow, released in March 2011, the government made a $10-million increase for a total of $100 million to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund in 2011-2012.