For 18 months, welder John Bouchie honed his skills in Fort McMurray’s oilsands, working on massive fuel storage tanks, 90 feet high and 190 feet across. Now, Bouchie has returned home to Nova Scotia, optimistic that the economic downturn can actually translate into increased demand for his homegrown business.
“With the economic times the way they are, people will be more apt to repair what they have rather than buying new equipment,” he says. “People are using equipment everyday and people need repairs. All this stuff gets broken—somebody’s got to fix it.”
Bouchie is well-positioned to do just that. His company, Bouchie’s Welding Services Ltd., is based out of Ardness a scenic coastal area between Antigonish and New Glasgow. In two hours or less, he can be in Truro to the west, Cape Breton to the east or Guysborough County to the south.
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