THOROLD, ON – HOPA Ports is pleased to welcome a new business to the Thorold Multimodal Hub, as Niagara’s maritime sector continues to grow.
Canadian Maritime Engineering (CME), a division of Russell Industries Corp., is a leading marine-industrial company that offers machining, mechanical, welding, fabrication and specialty coatings to customers in a wide variety of sectors, including maritime, oil & gas, defence and power generation.
Headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CME has facilities throughout eastern Canada and in British Columbia. The company has had a presence in the Niagara Region for over 12 years, but this move into the Thorold Hub represents a major growth step for the company and is a sign of the increasing momentum within the maritime sector in Ontario.
CME will occupy more than 18,000 sq. ft of space within the Thorold Multimodal Hub, with options to expand as the business develops.
CME plans on completing dock side repairs from this location, as well as expanding their capabilities and resources to serve marine, power generation, mining, and industrial community in Central Canada.
CME is one of Canada’s largest mobile and marine/field service companies. The company sells and services lines of engines and equipment, and offers solutions to customers 24/7. It offers expertise all in-house, with 22 locations coast to coast and over 600 tradesmen under the various divisions of Russell Industries Corp, which also is based in the area.
“CME sees an underserved market for mechanical, power generation, mining and marine repairs and servicing, keeping Ontario’s equipment turning with local labour and solutions. CME will offer Ontario the local supply chain security and reduced down time costs our customers have been demanding since the onset of COVID. I am very proud to manage and lead CME into the bright future this expansion will provide us,” said Mark Hall, CME’s General Manager for Central Canada.
The Hubis a 200-acre multimodal industrial complex in Thorold, Ontario, managed by HOPA Ports. “We’re pleased to welcome CME to the HOPA Ports network,” said Jeremy Dunn, Commercial Vice President with HOPA Ports. “CME is a great fit because it contributes the thriving ecosystem of marine industry players at the Thorold Hub. We are delighted to be helping to raise the profile of Ontario’s marine sector, and to be attracting national-scale companies of this caliber to Niagara.”
Adjacent to the Welland Canal, the Thorold Multimodal Hub site is unique to Niagara. It features marine, rail and highway access, as well as indoor warehouse and outdoor storage space, which can be configured to a wide variety of industrial, cargo handling and ancillary operations. Leases available to Hub tenants include indoor, outdoor, turnkey and develop-to-suit. Companies locating here benefit from the proximity to the U.S. border, the availability of marine and rail, and strategic location in the Niagara-Hamilton-Toronto trade corridor. A major portion of the facility is owned by Bioveld Canada, including the area where CME’s operations will be located.
“On behalf of Thorold City Council, we welcome this investment by Canadian Maritime Engineering (CME) in the City of Thorold, as it further reinforces the importance of the Thorold Multimodal Hub, which will be a leader of sustainable industrial expansion in Ontario,” said Thorold Mayor Terry Ugulini. “The City of Thorold and the Niagara Region have a strong history in marine, and we are well positioned to be a trade and logistics hub for the world. CME will contribute no doubt to that capacity and our ability to be globally competitive. We thank them for their investment and welcome them to the City of Thorold.”
About Canadian Maritime Engineering
Canadian Maritime Engineering Ltd. is a Canadian leader specializing in custom engineering and advanced manufacturing. From its humble beginnings in the marine repair business, we now offer national manufacturing and repair services to include industries such Oil and Gas, Mining, Power Generation, Manufacturing and National Defense Industries.
About HOPA Ports
HOPA Ports (Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority) is an integrated port network on the Great Lakes, with facilities in Hamilton, Oshawa and Niagara. HOPA’s facilities comprise 1,000 acres of land and handle 10 million MT of cargo per year, which is connected to 40,000 jobs and $6 billion in economic activity in Ontario. HOPA is developing multimodal spaces to support Ontario’s industries and facilitate trade. By investing in high-quality infrastructure and prioritizing sustainability, we are building prosperous working waterfronts in Ontario communities. HOPA Ports manages the Thorold Multimodal Hub on behalf of owners, operators and tenants.