Norfab does it again

Norfab Building Components brought home the hardware last night after winning the inaugural Judge’s Choice award at the Northern Ontario Business awards ceremony in Thunder Bay.
“We were excited,” Bill Boulton, Norfab’s national sales and marketing manager, said this morning.
“We knew we were nominated.”^The judge’s choice award, which is sponsored by the Northern Ontario Business Association, is given to a company with “an amazing story.”^And Norfab’s story is a worthy one.
The 20-year-old company, located on Highway 11/71 just west of Fort Frances, started with a handful of employees after owner Mel DeGagne became frustrated that it took so long to get roof trusses to this area.
Seven years ago, the company only had 35 employees. Today, it employs more than 170 and builds much more than roof trusses.
In 2000, Norfab won another Northern Ontario Business award— the Global Traders Award. It was given to the company for its phenomenal growth and in securing the largest foreign market share of any Ontario company.
Other award winners named at last night’s gala in Thunder Bay were:
•Company of the Year (51+ employees)—Atlas Copco of North Bay;
•Company of the Year (16-50 employees)—Miller Technology of North Bay;
•Company of the Year (one-15 employees)—Lacasse Fine Wood Products of Sudbury;
•Innovation Award—Ionic Engineering Ltd. of Sudbury;
•Entrepreneur of the Year—Tom Palangio of Topex Inc. (Bonfield);
•Young Entrepreneur of the Year—Fabio Belli of Just Soccer (Sudbury);
•First Nations Business Award of Excellence—Serpent River Trading Post (Cutler);
•Entrepreneurial Community Award—Discover Abitibi (Timmins); and
•Union Gas Essay Scholarship— Laurie Thompson (Hilton Beach), a graduate of Central Algoma Secondary School now attending Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.