The project is the first significant initiatives in what is expected to be an ongoing agreement for what Oakwood president John Liptak says are “high quality boutique projects and technologically leading edge commercial projects” between PCL and OakWood.
OakWood is generally recognized as a residential renovation contractor and custom home builder, but the company is one of several businesses owned by Liptak family members, who are also deeply involved in the building technology and software industry.
PCL is one of Canada’s largest construction companies involved in buildings, civil infrastructure and heavy industrial markets.
ATG specializes in multi-access computer numerical control (CNC) milling and CNC turning of raw materials and surface finishings such as chemical films, anodization, liquid and powder coating for the high tech and aerospace sectors. ATG focuses on very detailed processing, requiring extreme accuracy for its clients ranging from the private sector to high security and military work.
Clarence-Rockland Township has issued a $6 million building permit for the project at 731 rue Industrielle that is expected to take about a year to complete, although Liptak says the overall project value with land and permits is $6.9 million.
“We wanted to bring key innovations and technology to the forefront with this new facility,” Liptak said. “ATG will be a leader with this new industry leading manufacturing headquarters building and OakWood is proud to work with PCL to make this happen.”
Once completed, the 26,280 sq. ft. two-level structure will house more than 50 employees. IDEA Inc. based in Sault Ste. Marie designed the structure, with financial support from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).