New nuclear-based business
TINA PEPLINSKIE email@example.com The ribbon was cut Monday to mark the official opening of Tyne Engineering Inc. in Deep River. Taking part in the ceremony (from left) Tyne CEO John Robinson, president Vince Robinson, Mayor David Thompson, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited president and CEO Dr. Robert Walker and Paul Kwon, Deep River site manager. For more community photos, please visit our website photo gallery at www.thedailyobserver.ca.
DEEP RIVER - Monday marked an exciting day for the town and the local nuclear industry as officials gathered to celebrate the opening of a new , development and test facility in Deep River.
Oakville-based Tyne Engineering is an established nuclear engineering firm that works in the fields of process engineering, mechanical engineering and instrumentation and controls for nuclear and tritium-related industries.
For more than five years Tyne Engineering has collaborated with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in developing a variety of nuclear technologies, and has played an important role in advancing AECL's intellectual property and in strengthening Canada's nuclear supply chain. Tyne's new facility will strengthen the relationship between the two organizations, and being located in Deep River, will help to reinforce the Ottawa Valley's position as a world-class region in nuclear science and technology.
As Canada's premier nuclear science and technology organization, AECL's policy objective is to turn ideas into jobs, said Robert Walker, AECL president and CEO, during Monday's press conference held at the new home of Tyne Engineering, located on C.D. Howe Road.
"We don't do that ourselves, though. We do that through the ability to transfer our ideas into the hands of companies that can bring products into global markets," he said, adding Tyne Engineering is a perfect example.
He added there are two key components in the equation - the ideas and the people.
"When you connect ideas and people together that's when the magic occurs," Dr. Walker said. "By welcoming Tyne Engineering here to Deep River we're also increasing the intensity of that opportunity for the Tyne Engineering staff to work closely with our people at our Chalk River site and through that to connect ideas and people with the opportunity the world represents."
He also thanked Tyne president Vince Robinson and CEO John Robinson for taking a risk on Deep River, locating to the community and building on the existing relationship. He believes there is a bright future ahead for both companies.
The ongoing relationship and support from AECL has helped to boost Tyne Engineering's credibility according to the president. He added the company has added 15 staff in the past year and a half, thanks to government funding it received.
"Thank you to AECL for your support, and hope we continue to offer that support to you," Mr. Robinson added.
Three of those staff members have been living and working in Renfrew County for about a year and the hope is the manufacturing facility will create about 20 new jobs. The 9,000 square foot building, which is larger than Tyne's existing Oakville operation, creates many options for the company, Mr. Robinson said.
Monday's announcement was good news for the town of Deep River, which has worked hard to draw nuclear
sector organizations to the area. Mayor David Thompson believes this begins a process and starts to create a technology cluster or synergy that comes from like-minded businesses working together to create more than they could individually.
He welcomed Tyne Engineering to the community on behalf of the Deep River town council and the community as a whole. Mayor Thompson noted council has been proactive in pursuing AECL partners and suppliers over the years, and in encouraging them to locate to Deep River.
We have a long history of nurturing emerging technologies and have a wonderful community to live in," he added. "We're hoping you are the first of many to come to our community."
It is expected the facility will be fully operational within six months.
Tina Peplinskie is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist