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Colborne manufacturers growing

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

CCC Plastics is almost doubling its size with a 47,000-square-foot expansion to the coloured plastic resin manufacturing operations on Purdy Street in Colborne's industrial mall, says Cramahe Mayor Marc Coombs.VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

CCC Plastics is almost doubling its size with a 47,000-square-foot expansion to the coloured plastic resin manufacturing operations on Purdy Street in Colborne's industrial mall, says Cramahe Mayor Marc Coombs.VALERIE MACDONALD/NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY/POSTMEDIA NETWORK

COLBORNE -- Two manufacturing plants in Colborne are expanding, says Cramahe Mayor Marc Coombs.

Storrack, on the southern edge of the village and located on Victoria Street, will be growing by about one-third of its existing size and adding new lines with job opportunities, he said in a recent interview.

"They make racking and shelving," he said, and they ship to customers in Canada and the United States.

The plan is to add 35,000 square feet.

Starting out as storage for the company, it later became a manufacturing operation taking rolled steel and forming it into the large racks like you see in Home Depot, Coombs explained.

"I believe they are bringing in more lines" with this expansion of the plant.

The facility is located adjacent to a rail line.

The head office is west of Northumberland. The umbrella company is North American Steel and the head office is located in Whitby, Ontario, just east of Toronto, according to its web site.

"This facility houses our management team, sales, customer service and engineering/design teams and is also a manufacturing plant for our pallet racking and other warehouse shelving equipment for our customers across North America.

"Our secondary location in Colborne Ontario serves as a manufacturing plant for our structural racking and industrial shelving systems."

The other industrial expansion is at CCC Plastics on Purdy Street in the village's industrial mall just south of Highway 401.

CCC stands for Canada Colors and Chemicals Limited.

"CCC is one of the largest independent distributors in Canada, and the 10th largest distributor in North America," states its website. "Founded by Mr. R.R. Carr-Harris in 1920, the company's growth over the past many years has been built on strong customer service, quality assurance and responsible care. Our distribution services span Canada with warehouses located in Brampton, Windsor, Montreal, Vancouver and Leduc. In addition, we have a sulphuric acid manufacturing plant in Elmira Ontario, and a Colour Concentrate plant in Colborne, Ontario."

The anticipated 47,0000-square-foot-expansion at the Colborne plant is almost doubling the size of the modern plant where coloured plastic pellets are made for a variety of industries including automotive, Coombs said.

The new space is for warehousing and new manufacturing lines are unconfirmed at this time, he said.

"It's great to see local companies investing money into their facilities," the Mayor said. "It shows us they are going to be here long term"¦and it makes their employees more comfortable about their future."

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