OWEN SOUNDA sales manager for a Bruce Power refurbishment project supplier said its new facility in Owen Sound will serve as a base to expand its reach in Canada.Sean Ruth, sales manager for United Controls International, said Thursday by phone that two local contractors were hired to manufacture and build portable power units for Bruce Power’s refurbishment project.They’re working on 16 or 17 units, which will allow workers to power equipment needed in areas of the plant where there is no access to electricity during the refurbishment, he said.Kuhl Machine Shop and Riddell Contracting are doing the work. Some of the power units are six metres long, as per the refurbishment contract, he said.“We design to their spec.”The company issued a news release Tuesday announcing its new location in Owen Sound to fulfill a contract worth more than $1 million. It said the company already spent $750,000 in the Owen Sound area toward that end.Kuhl has completed its work, while Riddell’s four to six people continue putting the units together, Ruth said. UCI has signed a lease in a building near Riddell Contracting’s own offices in the city’s core.So far, the Georgia-based company has been rotating staff through the new location from the United States to work on the contract. Ruth didn’t know how many people would be hired in the coming months. But he noted interviews for positions including sales and quality assurance workers have begun.“But our goal is to keep that location and build that business,” Ruth said. “It’s a great opportunity for companies to come in and there’s enough work there to get established that you can do something long-term.“We’ll be servicing OPG (Ontario Power Generation) with Darlington and . . . Pickering,” and Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station in New Brunswick, he said.Bruce Power plans to invest $13 billion into refurbishment of six nuclear reactors. Preparatory work began in 2016 but major component replacement begins next year.