Sports Equipment Going Green
McGuinty Government Supports Innovation And Creates Jobs In Ottawa
Ontario is helping an Ottawa-based sports equipment manufacturer create jobs and produce a new line of innovative, green products.
The province is providing a loan of $2.55 million to Combat Sports to develop and produce sporting goods from materials that are more durable than existing products, and are recyclable at the end of their useful life. The project will create 112 new jobs and retain 47 existing positions in Ottawa. The funding supports a total investment by the company of $8.49 million over the next five years.
The new manufacturing process will see Combat Sports become the first company to utilize thermoplastics in the production of baseball bats and hockey sticks.
Partnering with business is a key component of the government's five-point economic plan to grow the economy.
- In 1994 Combat Sports developed the first commercially successful composite hockey stick.
- The company was also the first to develop a commercially successful hybrid composite baseball bat in 1998, and released the first all-composite bat in 2002.
- The Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy has made loan commitments of about $104 million to support innovative projects that will generate over $896 million in new investments and the creation or retention of more than 4200 jobs over a five year period.
“We're proud to support Combat Sports in bringing innovative new products to market and creating jobs. As a government, we are working hard to help our manufacturers increase their competitiveness, boost their productivity and succeed in global markets.”
“Investing in new technology and equipment is essential to remaining competitive and growing a business. Combat Sports is a local success story that has earned a solid reputation across North America by focusing on innovation, quality, and the needs of its customers.”
“The support from the McGuinty government allows us to accelerate our growth plans and add to our team of skilled workers. Our new composite manufacturing materials process will enable us to make the durable sticks and bats, with the first truly reformable hockey blades, and make the first recyclable "green" composite bats and sticks.”