SAULT STE. MARIE, September 29, 2021 – Algoma Steel Inc. today announced it is contributing $100,000 to Sault College to support the education and development of students pursuing careers in steel and other vital industries through the College’s innovative Bachelor of Engineering – Mechatronics program.

The contribution provides necessary funds for the purchase of new instruction equipment to help more students gain hands-on experience with industry-standard advanced technology, bridging the gap between academic coursework and practical applications in industry. In addition to the Mechatronics program, much of this equipment will complement learning pathways for trades apprentices and students in mechanical and electrical programs. The funds will also help facilitate the necessary renovations required to upgrade and expand the learning environment with advanced labs and classrooms.

“Algoma Steel and Sault College have a strong history of working together to prepare students and existing employees for new workplace expectations in a modernizing industrial setting. Sault College’s innovative Mechatronics program, which offers a unique mix of classroom-based learning and opportunities to work on industry-led projects, is building the next generation of engineers that the high-tech steelmaking of today and tomorrow depends on as advanced manufacturers,” Algoma Steel Chief Executive Officer Michael McQuade said. “At Algoma, we are focused on the future and appreciate that it’s all of our responsibility to foster great engineering talent in Sault Ste. Marie, to ensure our long-term future together and successful adoption of emerging technologies.”

“Algoma Steel continues to be a valuable community partner supporting our College and students in varying ways. Through our innovative Bachelor of Engineering – Mechatronics degree program, offered in partnership with Humber College, we are educating and training highly qualified graduates to strengthen the workforce in this in-demand, specialized area. This investment from Algoma Steel will further advance our program and we look forward to continuing to educate students who can then pursue meaningful careers at organizations, such as Algoma Steel. On behalf of Sault College, I would like to extend our gratitude to Algoma Steel for choosing to invest in this program and our future workforce,” said Dr. Ron Common, Sault College President.

“This investment by Algoma Steel into the Bachelor of Engineering – Mechatronics program at Sault College will support the education and development of students who want to pursue rewarding careers which are vital to supporting our local economy,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie and Minister of Government and Consumer Services. “By developing Sault College’s advanced learning environment, this program will empower younger generations to succeed right here in Sault Ste. Marie.”

For more information on Sault College’s Bachelor of Engineering – Mechatronics program please visit here.

About Algoma Steel Inc.

Based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, Algoma is a fully integrated producer of hot and cold rolled steel products including sheet and plate. With a current raw steel production capacity of an estimated 2.8 million tons per year, Algoma’s size and diverse capabilities enable it to deliver responsive, customer-driven product solutions straight from the ladle to direct applications in the automotive, construction, energy, defense, and manufacturing sectors. Algoma is a key supplier of steel products to customers in Canada and Midwest USA and is the only producer of plate steel products in Canada. The Company’s mill is one of the lowest cost producers of hot rolled steel coil (HRC) in North America owing in part to its state-of-the-art Direct Strip Production Complex (“DSPC”), which is the newest thin slab caster in North America with direct coupling to a basic oxygen furnace (BOF) melt shop.

Algoma has achieved several meaningful improvements over the last several years that are expected to result in enhanced long-term profitability for the business. Algoma has upgraded its DSPC facility and recently installed its No. 2 Ladle Metallurgy Furnace. Additionally, the Company has cost cutting initiatives underway and is in the process of modernizing its plate mill facilities.

Today Algoma is returning to its roots as a customer-focused, entrepreneurial company with the courage and growing capability to meet the industry’s challenges head-on. It is investing in its people and processes, optimizing and modernizing so that it might continue to be your partner in steel.


For more information, please contact:

Algoma Steel Inc.

Brenda Stenta
Manager Communications & Branding
Phone: +1.705.206.1022

Sault College

Rick Webb
Director, Human Resources and Corporate Communications
Phone: +1.705.542.9869