Success Stories

"Our people have access to well-paying jobs with a short, traffic-free commute."

Greg Caldwell
 VP Operations at Nu-Air Ventilation Inc.

Investing in world-leading, sustainable, fish-farming technology

A quest for the perfect business location led investors to the Annapolis Valley region. by Rachel Brighton A decade ago, Kirk Havercroft and his investment partners were searching the world for affordable, available land that could be easily and quickly developed, was close to the ocean and had access to three-phase power. They found their…

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A skilled workforce & central location help business succeed

A skilled workforce delivers quality custom fabrication & machining to linchpin industries in Nova Scotia, from a central location at the eastern gateway to the Annapolis Valley. Quality Machining Services Ltd. is a full service fabrication and machine shop employing about 45 people full-time. Its location in the Windsor-West Hants Industrial Park is perfect. Michelin…

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A pioneer in gluten-free food-processing

A diversified marketing strategy delivers a sustainable business model for this food-processing business in Middleton, in the Annapolis Valley. A  Valley Flaxflour Ltd. in Middleton, in the Annapolis Valley, is a pioneer in the growing North American market for gluten-free products. Founded in 1998, Valley Flaxflour produces premium-quality, gluten-free flours and mixes for a range of…

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Converting to local

A small “green” tube is the innovation at the centre of a new manufacturing business in the Berwick Industrial Park in the Annapolis Valley. Atlantic Roll Converting Inc. (AROLLCO) has designed the Mini Eco-Core for thermal point-of-sale debit and receipt rolls. The innovative core is made from recycled Kraft paper and water-soluble glue, making it…

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Businesses working together

“That’s the great thing about this area and this industry: everybody supports each other.”

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Natural assets

Quality control at Spa Springs

In a cool forest, in the foothills of the North Mountain that divides the Bay of Fundy from the Annapolis Valley, an ancient and deep aquifer provides a natural and unique asset for one of Nova Scotia’s top export companies. As a division of Splendid Drinks AG in Luxembourg, Spa Springs Mineral Water Company bottles…

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Innovation and location

Nu Air Staff Photo

Nu-Air Ventilation Inc. is a family-owned and family-operated company in Windsor, in the eastern end of the Annapolis Valley region. Nu-Air has been growing its business by supplying an innovative line of indoor air quality/air-handling products for energy-efficient buildings and residential use in Canada and around the world. Nu-Air’s special integrated solutions for heating, ventilation…

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Global reach, local talent

John Frost

Elisabeth and John Frost, partners in marriage and business, created their digital media and software solutions enterprise, Frostbyte Interactive Inc., in 2013. They also became business tenants at the Rural Innovation Centre at Acadia University in Wolfville. Doing business on campus, in an innovation hub, gave them opportunities to engage with faculty and students. John also founded a…

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