Colchester County company increasing productivity, supporting rural jobs

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DEBERT – A Colchester County company is saving time, money and reducing waste materials, allowing them to become more productive and competitive.

Kohltech International used funds from the province's Productivity Investment Program (PIP) to help purchase new equipment that will see the company grow its business and become more globally competitive.

"The province's jobsHere plan supports all kinds of companies, of all sizes, all across the province to improve, and grow, and continue to offer good jobs that Nova Scotia families rely on," said MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris, in a news relaese. "The province's investment in Kohltech International is helping a successful company become even more productive and competitive, and is supporting hundreds of good jobs in a rural community. It's a win-win."

Kohltech International employs more than 250 people at its Debert manufacturing facility. The company makes high-quality custom made windows and doors, marketed as Peter Kohler Window and Entrance Systems in Atlantic Canada and Kohltech Window and Entrance Systems in Ontario, Western Canada and the United States.

The company used $65,350 from PIP's Capital Investment Incentive toward the purchase of new equipment that is:

* allowing more efficient processing of window frames and minimizing waste

* enhancing production lines, improving efficiency and eliminating repetitive manual processes

* enabling in-house air and water leakage and structural testing, saving thousands in outsourcing costs


"With the province's support, we've been able to invest in equipment that's helping Kohltech become even more productive and competitive," said Kohltech International general manager Kevin Pelley. "The new equipment is already helping our company become more efficient, saving employees time and the company money by improving production, bringing outsourced processes in-house, and reducing waste.


"These are the kinds of improvements that help set companies apart in very competitive markets. We are positioning ourselves to better support our business in the Atlantic Canada, Alberta and New England markets, as we see signs of recovery in the US housing market."


The Productivity Investment Program encourages Nova Scotia businesses to become more productive, innovative and globally competitive through two financial incentives, the Capital Investment Incentive and the Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive.


In its first year, PIP has helped more than 220 Nova Scotia companies with more than 275 projects. Most of these companies are small businesses.


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