WINDSOR JUNCTION: One of the leading manufacturers of custom steel structures had a visit from the Premier of Nova Scotia on May 15.

Premier Stephen McNeil, in the midst of a 30-day campaign leading to the May 30 election, made a stop by Marid Industries in Windsor Junction to tour the facility, along with Liberal candidate Bill Horne.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Tim Houtsma of Marid Industries talk about the business in Windsor Junction as welding sparks light up as workers carry out a job. (Healey photo)

Horne called the business a “significant employer” for the community and riding of Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank.

The company, which has grown over the years, is one of Canada’s leading structural steel and miscellaneous metals fabricators and erectors. Marid specializes in the construction and reinforcement of high rises, railroads, hospitals, office buildings and highway bridges.

It is a 100 per cent privately owned custom manufacturing business based that can do approximately 6,000 tons of structural steel per year and is capable of taking on structural steel jobs up to 1,500 tons.

During the tour of the facility, Horne and McNeil were shown what goes on inside the red building at 99 Windsor Junction Road. They were informed of the export jobs employees at Marid are involved in making the metal for.

McNeil also heard about how the company has grown from the ground up from Tim Houtsma and Tina Lane, the guides for the tour of the facility and the yard it encompasses.

Marid Industries’ Tim Houtsma explains the exports the Windsor Junction business has had and plans for the future with Premier Stephen McNeil following a tour of the facility and its property on May 15. Also pictured are Walter Bianchi and Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank Liberal candidate Bill Horne. (Healey photo)