Maritime company expanding to Long Sault

A transport backs up to the loading dock at Hercules at County Road 2 and Avonmore Road on Oct. 7, 2015. The Nova Scotia company is expanding its operations with a distribution center to service central Canada. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

LONG SAULT – A company that makes fall-arrest harnesses, wire rope, chain and other rigging will be calling South Stormont home.

Hercules SLR (an acronym for Securing, Lifting and Rigging) announced Wednesday it has bought the building at 16255 County Road 2 for distribution operations in central Canada.

The new location will also mean jobs – 10 to start in the spring with possible expansion in the future.

Company president Chris Giannou said the plant is strategically located and has excellent distribution links, along with nearby Cornwall as a logistics hub.

Hercules SLR is headquartered in Dartmouth, N.S. with 30 locations nation-wide and 350 employees. The company is 30 years old.

Trucks were already rolling into the building at the corner of County Road 2 and Avonmore Road (County Road 15), east of Long Sault, on Wednesday, as the plant gets set up.

Product is already loaded on the shelves at the Hercules distribution center, east of Long Sault, Ont. The company plans to employ 10 people when the plant is fully operational in spring 2016. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
Product is already loaded on the shelves at the Hercules distribution center, east of Long Sault, Ont. The company plans to employ 10 people when the plant is fully operational in spring 2016. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

Central Distribution Manager Terry Bartlett told Cornwall Newswatch the plant will deal with distribution first and may look at fabrication in the future, which could add more jobs.

The fabrication of some products, like construction straps, requires seamstresses to sew the fabric.

Hercules supplies the construction, aero-space, transportation, marine and fishing industries to name a few.

South Stormont to be ‘aggressive’ on development: Smith

South Stormont councillor David Smith said there’s “a lot of interest from developers right now” adding that the municipality plans to be more aggressive on development going forward.

“I’m quite sure that this is the last commercial/industrial property that was available in our township, which is pretty good, that means we’re maxed out,” Smith said.

He said new company addition also adds some relief to residential ratepayers. “Every little bit helps. Besides the increase in the tax base, I believe it’s a building, like any other building, if you don’t use it, it starts falling apart,” the councillor said.

“It’s showing the rest of the world that we’re busy, we have lands available, this is a type of industry we can support. They are going to be a good neighbour to our community,” he added.

Click on the photos below to see more pictures from the Hercules distribution center near Long Sault.

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