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HIIA, Employement Services Centre to spend $3 million on new building

By : Theresa Ketterling

HAWKESBURY - The Hawkesbury Industrial Investment Association and Employment Services Centre are partnering up for a construction project on Tessier Street in Hawkesbury.

The two groups will together invest $3 million in a new 20,000-square-foot building which will be rented out to industrial tenants.

At a press conference announcing the project on Thursday, HIIA president Philippe Legault said there's a lack of space in the town for industrial tenants. The association already owns and rents three buildings in Hawkesbury, which Legault said are all full.

"Both associations are paying money for the project," said Legault. "The HIIA is going to take care of the construction and managing the tenants, whereas the Employment Services Centre is going to help the tenants with all their labour requirements."

Employment Servcies Centre board member Martin Normand said the building will create new job opportunities, which is part of the mandate of the Centre. The Employment Services Centre won't move its offices into the building.

A joint press release issued by the HIIA and the Employment Services Centre says the partnership was proposed by the HIIA, and Legault said it's the first time the groups have worked together.

The Employment Services Centre is a not-for-profit corporation funded by governement grants from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (Employment Ontario), the Ministry of Community and Social Services (Ontario Disability Support Porgram) and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (Ontario Works). It has offices in Hawkesbury, Rockland and Embrun.

Construction is expected to start in the fall.

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