Monthly Archives: November 2011

Huron East comes up big at the 2011 HMA Excellence Awards

The Huron Manufacturing Excellence Awards is an annual event with the objective of bringing a greater profile to issues facing the Huron manufacturing sector. The awards celebrate innovation, best practices and manufacturing excellence generated in the local manufacturiang sector. Since 2007, the United Communities Credit Union has been a gold sponsor.


The Municipality of Huron East would like to take this opportunity to congratulate its businesses for winning the following 2011 Huron Manufacturing Association Excellence Awards.


Manufacturer of the Year, Employer of the Year & Health and Safety Awards

E.D. Smith Foods Ltd.


E.D. Smith Foods Ltd. is a private company categorized under Mayonnaise and Salad Dressing – Manufacturers. This company employs approximately 140 unionized workers and 40 non-unionized workers in Seaforth. They make over 500 different flavours of salad dressing including vegan dressings. Local food lovers probably don’t realize that there is very good chance that their favourite salad dressing is made right here in Huron County. The plant has been in business for more than 20 years in the Seaforth area. E.D. Smith exemplifies the success that flows from continuous improvement. The company has been extremely successful in reducing workplace injuries and is currently celebrating 3 years of no lost time accidents. 


Youth Integration Award

Murals in Metal


Located in Seaforth Ontario, this business is owned by Jim Dawe, and manufactures machine laser cut works or art. Jim and his staff, son Cory and son-in-law Jordon Skinner, can make any design. If you can think it, they can cut it. They have the ability to show the customer their design on a wall or building, before they actually make it. The plasma machine is CNC operated and staff use Corel Draw for artwork designing. With the help of Cory and Jordon, Jim has grown the company and has been commissioned by large companies to create murals for their buildings. Murals in Metal supply 45 stores around Ontario.


Green Leader Award

Envira North Systems Ltd.


Envira-North Systems Ltd. Manufactures the Altra-Fan with Whale Power Technology ranging in size from 8 to 24 ft. in diameter. This quiet ceiling fan is ideal for manufacturing facilities, distribution and warehousing facilities, airport hangars, recreation facilities and dairy barns, really any facility with a high ceiling. The product has gone from a 10 blade fan to a five blade fan making it more efficient because the tubercle technology has allowed the manufacturer to increase the pitch of the blades using less natural resources and making it run 75% quieter.


Innovative Product Award



Smartgrain foods are ingrained with complete OMEGA 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, delivering preformed OMEGA 3 fatty acids in every day foods to health conscious consumers. Smartgrain foods are produced using the patented ingraining process, created by Sharp Ingrained. The company was founded in 1989 by owners Dale and Marianne Donaldson who have an extensive background in agri-business, in particular, the functional food component of agriculture. Everspring Farms share an alliance with Sharp Ingrained Functional Foods (SIFF) to conduct research and development, as well as production of smartgrain products from their Seaforth production facility.


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Communities Connected….Stronger Together Chapter 5

Timber’s Outfitters

Huron County’s Paddling and Outward Bound Specialists



The Place

63 Main Street South, Seaforth, Ontario (519) 600-2267


The Management

Dwain and Sherri Forrest


The Story


As a Cub Scout, Dwain Forrest was introduced to canoeing—and it was love at first float.  Building a cedar strip with his Scout troop at age 14 further cemented that relationship.  Today with the capable assistance of wife, Sherri, Dwain owns and operates Timber’s Outfitters—supplier of everything needed for successful outward-bound trips.



From canoes and kayaks to tents and campstoves, Timber’s carries a complete line of equipment and supplies.  Whether you’re camping or paddling—or both—Dwain’s store has it all, including rental of canoes and kayaks.  And his major suppliers and manufacturers are quality Canadian companies.


Floating along a river or stream gets you up close and personal with flora and fauna—ducks, geese, muskrat, beaver and deer share space with you.  Foliage flourishes and flowers along a quiet waterway.  If you travel it often enough, you could see nesting waterfowl become families with fluffy babies trying the water for the first time.  And on that winter day when you’d like to try something different, at Timber’s you could rent or purchase snowshoes for a winter wonderland hike.



Brussels beautiful millpond at Logan’s Mill, within the Maitland Valley Conservation area, is the location of special summer events staged by Timber’s Outfitters.  Their Water Days offer the chance to try kayaking in a secure and fun setting.  Dwain brings the kayaks and two safety boats—instruction is two on one, ensuring an “in dry” and “out dry” experience.  Wet clothes aren’t part of Water Days.  Check out Timber’s website for dates and times. or visit Timber’s Outfitters is No. 214 on Directory/Map. 


Before you head for the great outdoors, see Dwain Forrest at Timber’s Outfitters for tips on the best water in the area, as well as knowledgeable advice on the latest in water craft and outdoor gear.  Timber’s is all about personal service and quality merchandise.

Check out this video for insight into some beautiful waterways within Huron County, including helpful paddling tips. Soon to be released is a comprehensive paddling guide sponsored by the Huron County Tourism Department. Special thanks to Dwain Forrest and Janice Andrews, from the Municipality of Huron East, both avid paddlers, for their contribution to this county publication. Expected launch date Spring of 2012.

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This Is Your Neighbour: Dwayne Forrest of Timber’s Outfitters from Huron County on Vimeo.

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Spend Christmas in the Village

Visit the Village of Brussels this coming Thursday, November 17th, 2011 and kick off your holiday shopping.  Most stores open until 9:00 pm. Better still….get a head start and come for dinner first….both J.R.’s Family Restaurant and Cinnamon Jim’s Cafe both located in Historic Downtown are featuring some absolutely delicious specials. Trust me the food is excellent!

Watch for the bright revolving spotlight in the sky to guide your way. For details on the evening’s activities check out our program below……(Scroll to the very bottom for details on the participating businesses.)



Christmas in the Village of Brussels    

Thursday, November 17th 2011  ~  5 pm to 9 pm

Moonlight Sales & Open House for specials and treats


Tree Lighting at The Gazebo Park 6:15 pm


Christmas Carollers through Village


Visit with Santa & Mrs Claus in the Village


Bondi Restoration and Collision  Free Hot Wheel to first 50 visitors. Coffee & donuts.      


Brussels Library  Book readings and ginger cookies & cider  6 pm to 8 pm


Burke’s Tent Rentals   Open House and Popcorn for visitors


Cheryl’s Critter Care  Prize Draw, Snacks & hot chocolate


Chris TenPas, RDMT  Open for Gift Certificate purchases


Cinnamon Jim’s Cafe Turkey Dinner  5 pm to 8 pm


Cowboy Loft  Open House. Come out and enjoy our Western Hospitality


J.R.’s Family Restaurant   Dinner Special  11 am to 7:30 pm


Don Montgomery Auto Body  Open House


Elite Limousine    Have a look at a real luxury ride (To be parked outside Solace on Turnberry Spa)


Brussels Foodland   Double Turkey Bucks $ $ $  


Go Video  Open House and discounts


Island Wire  Open House with Christmas Lights


It’s A Shear Thing   Bring Your Own Hairdryer –Styling Session  5pm to 7pm  with 10% off product


Mait-Side Orchards Taste our Cider when you visit us


McCutcheon Motors  “Be Car Care Aware” Information Night, open to Ladies & Gents.  Treats – Homemade Short bread & Coffee


McDonald’s Home Hardware   25% discounts, wreath-making workshop, countertop refinishing Demo,  gift bags to first 30 customers.  Treats & refreshments


Mystic Willows   Open House 


Ontario’s Finest Hotels, Inns & Spas  visit with Jennie Schimanski, Village Hypnotherapy


Oldfield’s Tru Hardware  25% off Giftware, Home Décor, Toys and Work wear.  Treats for customers.


Primitive Wares   Free butter maple syrup votive with purchase


Radar Auto Parts  Drop in another time for passport stamp.


Sholdice Insurance & Sholdice Financial Services  Prize draws Howick Mutual Representative – Home Safety Tips 7 pm.  Advantage Account Information  Night. Cider & treats


Solace on Turnberry Spa   Free mini spa treatments and 25%  off Spa products


Turning Heads & Making Waves  Tax Free Night with coffee/tea & treats


5R’s Thrift Shop   Browse the selection of gently used merchandise


Pick up your passport at any participating business from November 17th to  collect passport stamps until December 30th @ 5:00 pm  

to win great prizes at the New Year’s Day Levee 2012

Grand Prize includes: 

Spa treatments for two at Solace on Turnberry, 

followed by a luxurious limousine ride by

Elite Limousine of Brussels to

a night’s getaway at The Westover Inn in St Mary’s, 

 breakfast for 2 and a $50 gift card for dinner.


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