Martin Stannus, an experienced general contractor, purchased Orillia Woodworking Inc. this summer.

He said the well-respected company’s competent staff, coupled with its strong core business attracted his interest. And, with the help of a loan from the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation (OACDC), he was able to complete the purchase in June.

“We are grateful for the loan from the OACDC – that was a big help,” Stannus said. “We like Orillia and we see a bright future here,” he added.

Orillia Woodworking, which began as a pallet-making operation in 1988, now boasts two Progress Drive locations: a pallet and crate division and a wood trim operation.

The company produces more than 100 different sizes and styles of softwood and hardwood pallets and shipping crates in practically any size or configuration.

Orillia Woodworking is also a leading supplier of quality, unfinished solid wood trims and mouldings, as well as specialty wood flooring and wood siding.

“We expect to expand the product line and to step up our marketing efforts,” said Stannus. “Right now, we have 15 employees and we would like to see that number expand as we grow the business.”

For more information on Orillia Woodworking, located at 11 Progress Dr., visit or call 705-327-0700.