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 last forging to leave Nova Forge. On Friday February 8th the plant will close for good.
Picture are the two employees who completed the last forging at Nova Forge in Trenton. On the left is Calvin MacInnis and on the right is Ed Anderson. These are two of the most senior machine shop employees at Nova Forge.

The end has come for Nova Forge.

Tomorrow the Trenton business will be closing its doors.

General manager Rob MacEachern confirmed in December that the forge was closing but offered no explanation at the time for the closure. The company employed 32 people.

Last January there was a fire at the forge which is located next to the DSTN plant in Trenton.

Geographic location: Trenton

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  • Don From USA
    February 08, 2013 - 07:23

    You know two things really bother me about all of this economical mess. 1. With all the tax breaks given to the big companies and the reduce electric bills to the pulp mills, is that the money comes from us the hard working through higher taxes and increases in our electric bills, how does that help out us? We have to work harder to pay our bills and have less money to live on 2. The high cost of oil and electricity that affect a business trying to compete in this market when other provinces enjoy cheap natural gas to run their factories at a more profitable level. Where does this natural gas come from? Right in our back yard and runs through pipelines across our prvince to the other provinces, and we don’t get any money from it or get to use any of the natural gas for our province. The government needs to revaluate how it does business and what we do with our natural resources , if it truly wants to help the people and business in Nova Scotia before it become an unlivable” ghost province”

  • Bert
    February 07, 2013 - 19:46

    Energy costs? You guys don't want pipelines, don't want coal mines, don't want fracking , etc., and complain about high oil and gas prices. Left Pictou County long ago, it will never change. Life is good in Alberta.

  • Disappointed
    February 07, 2013 - 19:29

    The gov't wouldn't be throwing money away on assisting this company move forward. How many millions have they dished out on pulp and paper mills? Now $10 million to blackberry. Seriously, at least the forge was filling orders and due to an unfortunate accident men and women are out of work. This doesn't just affect the employees - it affects the county - how can we move away from the doom and gloom of the economy in our county? Oh yea, let's all just move to Alberta.

  • employee
    February 07, 2013 - 18:57

    Well some of the coments are so far out , first the forge is not a foundry , The forge was a very profitabe work place , who were very good to thier employee,s , and payed them well , those empolyee,s some or most have spent thier lives there , so please why not have Gov help , this company came here , stood on thier own , never asked for one penny of Gov help to get started here , now with the price of oil , the fire , and yes they had Ins but like any other business do they ever think they have enough coverage ,so here is crossing our fingers that our Gov will know that this plant is well worth keeping ...

  • Nova Forge Employee
    February 07, 2013 - 17:30

    To Don from Canada: First, thanks for your sympathy. Second, I didn't mention in my comment anything about the government "giving" any "free" money. I did mention that I think the high cost of oil hurt our ability to be competitive when much of our competition burns natural gas. If governments could ensure Nova Scotia businesses have access to the natural gas that flows through our province it might help many to be more competitive.

  • Johnny smoke
    February 07, 2013 - 15:07

    Now is the time for Mr. Dunn and the to be announced Liberal candidate to step forward and promise funds for Nova Forge, Maritime Steel, and of course the pumps for children with diabetes. No sense waiting for Mr. Landry, Mr. MacKinnon or Mr. Parker, you see Darrell just cut a cheque to RIM also now known as Blackberry in order to keep 400 jobs in the metro area. That is on top of the already $41 million that was already put into their bank account, pretty soon they will match Dawoo. Time for a change in government.

  • the jolly roger
    February 07, 2013 - 14:52

    @ NOVA FORGE EMPLOYEE and hence the problem with this province so centered on HRM. A situation in which 18 million was spent on Gas lateral in 2000 for a Green Field market in the HRM complete with no heavy industry and plenty of granite to bore through. mere couple of miles thru soft soil is that Natural Gas pipeline that would make Nova Forge competitive. Sempra Gas of California had planned to have Pictou County industry hooked up 2005 but we had to have the billie bobs tell Sempra (the second largest NG gas supplier in the world) how to install NG lines. Sempra pulled out as it was impossible to deal with this province is impossible and gets worse by the year.

  • concerned citizen
    February 07, 2013 - 14:30

    Arthur give your head a shake. How would amalgamation help this issue? What is a loosing avenger? Oh, and by the way, wasting money on amalgamations which would likely result in higher costs for less services certainly isn't going to help our economy.

  • Sue
    February 07, 2013 - 14:14

    A very sad day.

  • arthur Daily
    February 07, 2013 - 14:08

    It is sad that the forge has to close. This is another heart break for Pictou Co. and is another sign of change in Nova Scotia. Trenton must think about amalgamation. The older workers in Pictou Co. are having difficult time with all the closers in our community. It is hard for a worker in his or her fifties to just get up and do the out west thing. The goverment cannot throw money at anymore loosing avengers. Is there an answer for our dieing economy ???

  • Nova Forge Employee
    February 07, 2013 - 14:06

    Don you're sadly mistaken on a few things. First the business is a "forge" not a "foundry." Second it's not lack of orders that have resulted in closing our business its mainly due to the fire and the high price of oil when a lot of our competition burns natural gas.

    • Don From Canada
      February 07, 2013 - 15:00

      Nova Employee I hear you and feel where your coming from, however if the company had decent insurance they would have recouped their losses from the fire. And if it’s about the cost of oil, the government giving you money is only a short term fix and when that money runs out then what??? They need to rethink on how to lower the cost of the process so they can actively compete in the market with other companies. Free money is not the answer the company needs to develop an action plan on how to do this then present it to the government in order to get a loan grant or whatever they call it to move forward with a profitable company in the future to keep the jobs here and local people working. I am not bashing the forge or the good people of Trenton, I am merely pointing out that this is a for profit company and that the government has no obligation to give them money when the company does not have a viable plan on what to do with any monies given them to make the company profitable and the people working…

  • the jolly roger
    February 07, 2013 - 13:47

    No doubt the costs of operating a plant with a 13 cent per KWh electric rate has pushed yet another Northern Nova Scotia industrial producer out of the province. This was the reasoning for a salt mine closing in pugwash. Hopefully these men and their families will find work outside this doomed province

  • Don from USA
    February 07, 2013 - 13:09

    well i guess if the foundry is not getting any orders the there are no jobs to keep its about supply and demand. the goverment could give them a 10 million dollars but if they have no orders then there is no work and the money gets wasted and when it runs out then what???

  • Disappointed
    February 07, 2013 - 12:33

    Very sad - why is the gov't not stepping up to keep these jobs in our community. So disappointing.

  • faye
    February 07, 2013 - 12:27

    Not much left in trenton.