Innovation at the Port of Hamilton

Collective Arts Brewing located at 207 Burlington St. East is a craft brewery that aims to fuse the creativity of craft beer with the inspired talents of emerging artists and musicians. The company was founded on the belief that creativity fosters creativity, and the creativity yields delicious pints. As Collective Arts’ reputation and sales continued to rise, the need for mission-critical energy and telecommunication services became essential to meet the demands of a rapidly growing business.

The Hamilton-based HCE group of companies stepped up to meet this challenge. HCE Energy has been providing District Energy solutions that include power, heating and cooling services to commercial and government properties in the downtown core of since 2002.  In 2015 HCE Telecom was incorporated with the mandate to deliver community based fibre optic internet, voice and managed network solutions throughout Hamilton and surrounding regions.

In 2017, HCE Telecom completed its first fibre optic build within the Hamilton Port and started to provide internet and voice services to Collective Arts. HCE has since continued to build fibre optics throughout the industrial heart of Hamilton. In 2018, HCE Energy completed its newest District Energy initiative located at Pier 10 which is a 2 megawatt (MW) combined heat and power system. This system provides electricity to the grid, with the resulting heat from this process used to supply hot water and steam for heating which can be utilized by nearby Port tenants.

Collective Arts was the first company to utilize this heating capacity to power their expanding brewery.  By using steam supplied by HCE Energy, Collective Arts was able to avoid making a large capital investment into a new boiler system and instead focuses on continuing to grow its brand at home and abroad.