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New industrial centre project announced

Two agencies devoted to job development in the region are tag-teaming on a project to boost Hawkesbury's industrial sector presence.

The Hawkesbury Industrial Investment Association (HIIA) and the Employment Services Centre (CSEPR) will partner on a $3 million project to build a 20,000-square-foot industrial centre building on Tessier Street. The projected cost is for the erection of the building shell.

CSEPR representative Martin Normand and HIIA President Philippe Legault announced the project April 14, at the CSEPR office in Hawkesbury.

"There is a need for space suitable for industrial operations," Legault said.

"This is an excellent project for the region," added Normand.

Construction is expected to begin in the fall and once completed the building shell will accomodate one to four businesses, depending on the number of tenant applicants. The building design will feature moveable walls, to accomodate the particular space needs of tenants. During a later media scrum session, Legault said the flexible design setup for the building's interior will be able to accomodate a variety of industrial client needs, whether they be manufacturing areas or warehousing space.

Both Legault and Martin indicated that the construction phase of the project will see favour given to local contracting, for either building or supply services if possible. Also local businesses needing industrial space will also be favoured as renters when possible.

"Thank you for what you are doing for our town," said Hawkesbury Mayor Jeanne Cahrlebois. "It's very  much appreciated."

Potential tenants interested in reserving space in the new centre, once the building is complete, can contact the HIIA for details.

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