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Now open: The Work Authority sets up shop in Port Elgin

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Work Authority has set up shop in Port Elgin and will host a Grand Opening celebration this June.

Specializing in rugged and tested work and safety footwear designed by major manufacturers, The Work Authority has chosen Port Elgin to set up its 41st retail store, a pilot project in partnership with Levitt-Safety.

Located at 281 Goderich Street in downtown Port Elgin, The Work Authority’s new bricks and mortar store means there’s now a one-stop-shop for industry apparel coupled with safety and training programs, led by Levitt-Safety.

“We’re side-by-side with Levitt-Safety’s Education and Product Centre which is [offers] industry safety training and education,” said Work Authority Vice President, Mark Vogt. “It’s a unique partnership we’ve made with another Canadian safety provider to expand both service and education in a region with a growing industrial sector.”

Inside the 4,000-sq.-ft. shop, you’ll find quality workwear and safety footwear items specifically designed for visibility and safety suitable for industrial employees. The Work Authority’s retail store is open to the public, while Levitt-Safety’s Education and Product Centre offers services and training by appointment. It’s one of the first of its kind for both companies, and Vogt says it’s a blueprint they hope to roll out across the country in the future in an effort to provide easy access to safety solutions for Canadian workers.

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“Every person who comes into the store will get high-quality service, knowledge and products,” Vogt said. “Our team is trained to make sure all footwear and work apparel is properly fitted before completing a sale.”

“Workers are on their feet all day long,” he added. “Shoes and boots are just like any other tool they use, and a good tool makes for good work.”

Both The Work Authority and Levitt-Safety maintain a longstanding presence in the region through long-term contracts with major employers, including Bruce Power. Employing more than 4,000, Bruce Power has encouraged all of its contract partners to cultivate a presence in the local community.

“When we did our demographic research across the country looking for opportunities, we immediately noticed Bruce Power as the region’s largest employer,” Vogt said. “We have been servicing Bruce Power employees for years now with our fleet of 22 mobile footwear trucks and we saw a greater opportunity to expand.”

Bruce Power has challenged its entire roster of contract and partner suppliers to not only invest in the community but to become a part of it.

“We believe that’s a really good approach that our company is tightly aligned with,” said Vogt. “It made sense for us to open up a store right in the community with its supporting farm area and industrial presence.”

The Work Authority staged a soft opening mid-May, and final preparations are in the works for the Grand Opening Celebration in June, which will feature live radio broadcasting, special insider pricing and a variety of deals throughout the week.

To learn more about the store, opening events and shop online, visit workauthority.ca.

You can learn more about Levitt-Safety and its offerings at levitt-safety.com.

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of The Work Authority.

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