Sudbury fabricators win sports complex bid.

AuthorRomaniuk, Colleen

They might be small, but they can provide some serious steel.

C&A Steel, a Sudbury-based company with about 25 employees, proved it when they won a bid to provide over 1,800 tonnes of structural steel for the 2021 Canada Summer Games Park in Niagara Falls.

Winning out over big companies twenty times the size of theirs was no small feat, especially because of the complexity of the building design.

But when they were approached by one of their customers, Niagara Rigging & Erecting, in the summer of 2019, they decided to submit a proposal for the job.

They were successful--securing a contract that will have positive economic spinoffs in the Sudbury community.

"The company we're working with is another family-owned business," said Giovanni Carniel, CEO of C&A.

"Two sons have taken over, and their father is partially retired like my dad. So it's basically two family-owned businesses playing with the big boys."

Carniel and his sister, Ellena Hodder, are partners who currently run the company. They took over for their father, Alfredo Carniel, who founded the custom steel fabrication business in 1971.

Alfredo immigrated to Canada from Italy when he was 17. As a young man, he worked as a labourer, but he wanted to do something better. He had some welding skills, so he took a chance and started his own business.

Next year, C&A will be celebrating its 50th anniversary--just in time to see one of their biggest projects come to fruition.

The Canada Games Park will be located at Brock University, south of the main campus.

The facility will include a sports centre indoors featuring two ice pads, a gymnasium with four courts, a health centre, and a 200-metre track on the upper level. Outdoors, there will be six beach volleyball courts and an athletics facility.

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