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Industrial R&D project gets $2M financial boost


Guelph, ON – An Ontario manufacturer is receiving $2.48 support from the provincial government to create an industrial research and development centre of excellence project.

The company, Skyjack, is a division of Linamar Corporation’s industrial group and manufactures mobile aerial work platforms. The project will cost $24.79 million over five years.

“The centre of excellence will allow us to enhance our product line of aerial work platforms and strengthen our position as a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative mobile industrial products,” said Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar’s CEO. “This investment is great news for Skyjack and the entire Linamar Corporation. By enhancing the diversity of our product offerings and focussing on research and development, we will continue to grow our business.”

The project will focus on the development of a new line of boom lifts and telehandlers, which are used for work applications where reach and extension are required. This represents a growing market for the company best known for its scissor lifts, which are used for elevated or overhead work. The project also includes the construction of a new test track for the prototyping and testing of new products.