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Thunder Bay Oil Sands Consortium Showcases Latest Fabrication


July 26, 2009 – The Thunder Bay Oil Sands Consortium (TBOSC) is pleased to showcase its latest module fabrication project for a Western client.

Venshore Mechanical Ltd. along with other TBOSC companies, have been busy over the past few months, fabricating two fuel off-loading modules for a client in Saskatchewan. Venshore Mechanical was awarded the contract as the lead contractor to fabricate these complex modules for the new client. Many of the TBOSC members contributed to the fabrication of these modules; Coastal Steel supplied the structural steel to Dingwells North America to fabricate the structural steel frame work, and Clara Industrial completed the painting.

The 30,000 lbs. (each) modules mark the widest load (16 feet wide) to date shipped from Thunder Bay to the West by a TBOSC company; The modules will be traveling West, by police escort, along the Trans-Canada Highway. This project proves that in spite of logistical hurdles, Thunder Bay fabricators can be competitive in Western markets.  This is only the beginning of many other projects that the TBOSC will be bidding on in the coming months.

The TBOSC is comprised of 22 metal working/fabrication companies in Thunder Bay that have formed a consortium with the primary objective of securing opportunities to produce goods and services locally for export to the Oils Sands sector in Western Canada.  The TBOSC has significant capability and capacity relating to the design, manufacture, repair, and installation of a broad range of products fabricated from metal.  Collectively, the member companies represent over 100,000 square feet of facilities, and a workforce of approximately 800 employees in the community.  The Consortium members jointly have hundreds of years of experience and expertise in providing comprehensive, time-sensitive, and cost-effective solutions to the needs of heavy industry, including the Oil and Gas sector.

The TBOSC was established in February 2007.  The initiative was conceived in late 2006, following a presentation by the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association to the local business community on the significant commercial opportunities associated with the Oil Sands sector in Western Canada. 

The TBOSC initiative is a private and public sector partnership, supported equally by the local member companies, the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC), Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), and FedNor. In addition to the direct involvement of the Thunder Bay companies, the TBOSC have engaged sales consultants in Thunder Bay and Calgary, AB.

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Contact: John Jurcik, Chairman - Thunder Bay Oil Sands Consortium (TBOSC), 623 6414