Airport Industrial Park in North Bay, Ontario, Canada has attracted three mining suppliers

New industrial park home to three mining suppliers

November 25, 2013

The new 600-acre Airport Industrial Park in North Bay has put an end to the chronic shortage of fully- serviced industrial land in the city and attracted three mining suppliers in search of new and larger premises: Mine Hoists International, Barrie Hard Chrome Plating and Drillers Edge.

“North Bay is the only city in Canada that will sell airside land on or beside an airport,” said mayor Al McDonald. It’s also one of only four airports in Ontario that boasts a 10,000-foot runway capable of accommodating the largest aircraft in the world, the Antonov 225, which has carried payloads of up to 189 tonnes and made several stops in North Bay over the years.

“It’s very difficult finding industrial land beside an airport, said McDonald. “Mining supply firms need access worldwide, so it makes sense that there’s a lot of interest in the park.”

Mine Hoists International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mining Equipment Ltd. of Colorado, refurbishes, rents and sells mine hoists and shaft sinking winches from its new 14,000-square foot building in the park.

“We buy used hoists when they become available, we store them in our yard, and when they find a new home, we refurbish and upgrade them with new electrical controls, PLC controls and brake controls to meet modern standards,” said Dan Howe, president.

Prior to moving into the park, the company subcontracted work to other shops in the city. Bringing the work in-house, he said, “helps us with scheduling and gives us more capacity.”

Click here for full article and photo in Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal



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