Wideman's Farm Service Success Story

“We are thankful for the assistance from Community Futures to help purchase some new equipment: A CNC plasma cutter and a CNC press brake along with a dust collector and all related items. We are a welding and fabricating shop and up to the purchasing of the new equipment we had been outsourcing all cut and formed parts. We are now able to do all of this in-house which boosts our productivity.”
Eli Wideman, Owner, Wideman’s Farm Service

Wideman’s Farm Service will benefit from an investment announced January 17, 2017 by Community Futures Development Corporation of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin (CFDC), and Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings−Lennox and Addington.

The CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin is pleased to provide support for the Integration of New Technology with an investment of $100,000 under the Eastern Ontario Development Program’s Business Development stream. The funding will support technological innovation, resulting in increased productivity and efficiencies and new jobs.

Through this investment, Wideman’s Farm Service will be able to expand its services. With the purchase of technology-based machinery, software and training, Wideman’s will increase the amount of stock produced in-house, resulting in increased quality control, reduced time for custom orders, reduced outsourcing and lower shipping costs. . Since all manufacturing will now take place within Hastings County. Wideman’s anticipates an increase in employment opportunities in this area due to the additional production component of on-site custom fabrication.

The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) advances economic development in rural eastern Ontario. Through EODP, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is collaborating with Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario to promote the growth of new and existing businesses in rural communities.

Quick Facts

• Wideman’s Farm Service, established 2000, offers custom manufacturing that maximizes the products for farm service operations. They offer general fabrication on commercial equipment products as well as custom-built equipment tailored to the customer’s specific needs.
• CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin is one of the 15 (CFDCs in eastern Ontario funded by FedDev Ontario. CFDCs deliver a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth. They employ local staff and are each governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of local residents representing the community.
• CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin has provided $37.5 million in loans to 860 local businesses and community organizations, creating and/or maintaining 2800 jobs in just 25 years.

Quotes

“Our government is committed to growing the middle class and building an inclusive and innovative Canada. Investments in innovative technology help give businesses like Wideman’s Farm Services a competitive advantage in our increasingly globalized world. Through this investment, Wideman’s Farm Services will help create local jobs and produce in-house stock that not only increases the quality of the product, but decreases the carbon footprint of the business.”
Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament, Hastings−Lennox and Addington


“Community Futures is proud of the work being done by Wideman’s Farm Service, a rural innovator. We are thrilled to support the purchase of equipment and training to produce their product in-house leading to the creation of new jobs with this investment through the Eastern Ontario Development Program. - Congratulations to Wideman’s!”
Jim Etmanski, Chair CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin


“We are thankful for the assistance from Community Futures to help purchase some new equipment: A CNC plasma cutter and a CNC press brake along with a dust collector and all related items. We are a welding and fabricating shop and up to the purchasing of the new equipment we had been outsourcing all cut and formed parts. We are now able to do all of this in-house which boosts our productivity.”
Eli Wideman, Owner, Wideman’s Farm Service

Associated Links

Eastern Ontario Development Program
www.community-futures.ca
www.widemans.ca

Contacts

MP Office Contact Name:
Valerie Watts
613 354-0909 or 1-866-471-3800
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CFDC Media Relations Contact
Mary Lynn Rutledge
613 332-5564 or 1-800-465-4119

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