‘YYB’ adorns the entrance of North Bay’s newest business park.
The letters represent the airport code for North Bay that is now the proud city with a one of a kind facility.
The new airport industrial area was officially opened on Wednesday, with representatives from all levels of government and local interests on hand.
North Bay Mayor Al McDonald, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Jay Aspin, representatives from City Council, along with members of the Airport Board of Directors, all gathered for the unveiling of the sign that only came together as a result of their combined efforts to see the project move forward thus far.
Mayor Al McDonald, on a sunny afternoon, spoke to the achievement as a team effort, with everyone to share in the credit, engineering, hydro, city works, council, every level of the infrastructure organization worked together, building the large project out of each group’s professional endeavours.
“It’s a combination of everyone working as a team and that’s why we’re successful,” says McDonald.
The new industrial park is a marvel in this day and age, with access to a world class oversized runway as well as land priced at mere fractions of competing warehouse spacing around the country.
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli was quite to point out that nowhere in Canada can you find a facility with such a good accommodation between the airport and warehouse facilities, especially vacant land at such a low cost for start-ups and well established companies.
“I think that the real winners here are the businesses and the people that they employ,” says Fedeli.
Other features such as elaborate common drainage for the sites, internet and hydro considerations and heavy equipment access have all been thought of to allow the new business park to attract clients, whom will find all of their needs exceeded.
The park has already seen interest, with three companies snapping up some of the locations around the strategically located airport terminal that also has great highway access around the province.
Nipissing-Timiskaming MPP Jay Aspin says that now that the park has been retrofitted, he’s hopeful that he can bring federal level clients into the city, especially aerospace, now that the airport and industrial areas are tightly linked together in an economically attractive package.
“The aerospace, in my opinion is a natural because if we grow the aerospace component of North Bay, there will be businesses and aerospace related businesses that will want to locate here,” says Aspin.
Rumours, being what they are, are also abundant, that numerous carriers are looking at the location as a transportation hub between air cargo and land shipment of everything from mail to mining and everything in between.
So the next time someone’s around says “they‘re up at YYB“, don’t forget that you’ve been told that’s the call letters for the North Bay Airport’s new Industrial Business Park.