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Quebec industrial truck manufacturer receives federal funding

Motrec International gets $600,000 for modernization project


February 14, 2020
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Tow tractors are among the types of vehicles Motrec builds.

SHERBROOKE, Quebec – Motrec International, a Sherbrooke, Quebec-based manufacturer of electric industrial vehicles, has received a $600,000 grant from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) to move and refurbish its facilities and acquire more modern high-performance equipment.

The company makes five product lines, tow tractors, burden carriers, personnel carriers stock chasers and custom vehicles.

Many businesses face safety challenges or problems resulting in efficiency losses. In addition to manufacturing its vehicle models, Motrec International‘s engineering team is always working on new technologies and innovations in order to propose solutions that meet specific business needs. By customizing its vehicles, for example to resolve an ergonomic issue, the SME has positioned itself with the mission of maximizing its customer’s productivity and safety.

The SME also received support through the Steel and Aluminum Initiative under the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program for a second project to diversify its product range and remain competitive. This financial support of $544,342, announced in March 2019, enabled the company to develop a functional prototype of an electric industrial tractor with automatic guidance (AGV) and to implement and integrate digital technologies.

The funding has also resulted in Motrec creating 22 new jobs.

“Thanks to our federal government—which recognizes the importance of supporting innovative businesses that create and maintain long-term jobs by enhancing process efficiency and productivity—Motrec International is now well-positioned to expand its activities into international markets in the U.S., Europe and other countries, and to maintain the momentum generated by these types of creative initiatives,” said Blair McIntosh, president of Motrec International.