St. Catharines - Several years ago, GGS Structures Inc. in Vineland Station had just bought two companies. It was expanding at a dizzying speed.
The exporting greenhouse structure and parts manufacturer badly needed to update its inventory system. It took an investment of more than $100,000 to make that happen, half of which came through federal grant money to help smaller Ontario manufacturers boost productivity.
"That enabled us to control our inventories and do better estimating," said company co-owner Leigh Coulter. "In effect, if the sales opportunities had come and we'd not done it, we wouldn't have been efficient enough to handle it all at once."