What’s New at The Machine Shop?


ONNtv had the pleasure of speaking with The Machine Shop’s Marketing and Events Coordinator, Ashley Cerra, about the diverse events and services offered at the venue.

The Machine Shop, a historical site which plays a significant role in the Sault’s industrial identity, is now a hot spot for all kinds of different events – Weddings, concerts, galas, dinners, parties, and conferences.

“It’s a building with a lot of history, it was part of St. Mary’s Paper, a huge paper company across the country, and once it closed there was a dry period where the building wasn’t being used. When Tony Porco, the current owner, purchased it, he wanted to keep the business historic, he wanted to make sure everyone knew our history. We display it through brochures, we have a huge scape on our wall so people can read it and know how it went from Clergue, to the Blockhouse, to the Pulp Tower, and everything that happened in between then to make it what is today,” Cerra explained.

Cerra, a fellow graduate of the Public Relations and Event Management program at Sault College, has been working at The Machine Shop for just over a year now, and since then business has expanded.

The latest addition, The Boiler Room, opened about two months ago. Like most of the venue, the bar has a rustic feel to it. They specialize in wood fire oven pizzas and offer a number of beers on tap.

To get in touch with The Machine Shop to book your next event, or to read more on the unique history of the building, visit them online.

Or drop by at 83 Huron St.

For the full interview, click here.

Riley Smith
Riley Smith is an enthusiastic and versatile critical thinker who has been with SaultOnline since January 2018. She holds a double Honours Degree in History and Political Science from Algoma University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations and Event Management from Sault College. She is Google Marketing Fundamentals certified, and is also working towards a Certificate in Diversity and Intercultural Relations. When she's not reporting, you can find her MC'ing the Soo Greyhound home hockey games, spending time with her basset hound, Douggie, or seeing the world one breathtaking view at a time.