Keeping up with technology

Raissa Tetanish
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Local label company receives ACOA funding for expansion

EAST AMHERST - In a time when technology is ever changing, businesses relying on technology must also change.

Keeping up with technology

EAST AMHERST - In a time when technology is ever changing, businesses relying on technology must also change.

One local company, Access Labels, is doing just that - and has received some assistance from ACOA.

"We're expanding our facility because we're getting newer equipment. We're in the printing industry, which is always changing," said Paul Carr, director and president of the East Amherst company.

As the second major expansion in the last 10 years, the work is estimated at $895,455, and will give the company about another 4,200 square feet. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, or ACOA, have given Access Labels $387,727 for the expansion.

"The building will be finished around August, but we probably won't be into it until October. We've got various new equipment coming, including a new ink colour press," Carr said.

The expansion has been in the works for the last two years, but Carr says now is the right time to move forward.

"Even though the economy is the way it is, we can't sit still."

The company currently employs roughly two dozen people, and Carr is unsure if the expansion will create any new positions. He says the company has already hired a couple of new employees.

"It all depends on the market."

Access Labels specializes in pressure-sensitive, or stick on, labels and tags, and has a main customer base in Atlantic Canada but reaches as far as Ontario.

"We've had fairly good growth over the last 10 years. Our people have put us where we're at."

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com



Organizations: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Geographic location: EAST AMHERST, Atlantic Canada, Ontario

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