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Chamber announces business excellence award finalists

Brantford Expositor Staff

Brant Custom Machining-Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award Finalist

Local finalists were announced Wednesday night for the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards to be presented in the spring.

The chamber will recognize businesses in categories lauding entrepreneurs, community builders and companies. Winners will be announced at a gala to be held May 5 at the Best Western Brant Park Inn.

Entrepreneur category

  • Chris Devlin, of Devlin’s Country Bistro and Catering, has been offering award-winning dining experiences for customers for 25 years. The Mount Pleasant restaurant seats 65 and offers a private dining room and a martini bar. It offers an Itali-Cali cuisine.
  • Holistic Healing Arts Centre has been operated by Alfred Hauk for more than 23 years. The clinic specializes in individual approaches to health promotion and disease prevention. It focuses on licensed naturopathic doctors and medicines, as well as nutritional counselling, osteopathic services, reiki and reflexology.
  • Thomas Douglas grew up in the family business and, in 2014, was named president of Brant Custom Machining. The business began in St. George and relocated to Brantford in 2006. In 2015, an addition doubled the size of the facility. The custom production style machine shop provides services to the nuclear, pulp and paper, water mediation and mining sectors.

Company’s Technology is Cleaning Up

By Susan Gamble, Brantford Expositor

Company's Technology is Cleaning Up

Mike Mitton is running a home-based business from his Mount Pleasant Road property that’s helping to restore a badly polluted Florida lake and to create new local jobs.

The entrepreneur has an engineer working next to the beautifully appointed recreation room, a personal assistant on the second floor and a full laboratory in the garage.

“It works,” said the 53-year-old North Park Collegiate grad who went on to be a welder-fitter-machinist and is now at the centre of a test case with huge implications for waste-water treatment and polluted lake water.

“This project is going to generate jobs for Brantford and other opportunities for Mitton around the world,” said Mitton, president of Mitton Valve Technology.

…….Mitton said that will quickly translate into new skilled technology positions for machinists, electricians and fabricators at Brant Custom Machining on Sage Court, Mitton’s main manufacturer.

Brant Custom Machining finished an expansion last year, doubling in size to about 1,800 square metres.

The company’s president, Tom Douglas, said he expects to quickly hire 10 people.