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Ontario invests in growth and jobs for Windsor-Essex


February 3, 2020
By Greenhouse Canada

Ontario has announced an investment of $2,086,838 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) to support five businesses in Windsor-Essex County.

Announced by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, this investment is expected to help create 194 new jobs and retain 199 positions in the automotive and manufacturing sectors.

Homegrown fabricated metal products manufacturer, Universal Fabricating Inc., will be receiving $295,462. Largely serving greenhouse and automotive industries, the company makes structural columns, trusses and all things related to greenhouse builds, and frames and platforms for automotive companies. The company hopes to expand its building by 21,600 square feet, doubling in size, to allow the company to install new equipment and boost production. This will help increase production by about 43 per cent and reduce production time by 40 per cent. The project will create 13 new jobs and is expected to be completed by October 2022.

Global Pack Packaging Solutions Inc. will be receiving $292,875 for the company to expand its facility to accommodate increased demand for rigid plastic packaging products manufactured from post-consumer recycled plastic. The company will invest in new automated manufacturing equipment to triple its production capacity, introduce advanced processing technology, such as rapid prototyping, and make more environmentally friendly packaging. Global Pack Packaging Solutions provides the fresh produce and food processing industries with recyclable packaging products, including a wide range of containers for fruits and other produce, as well as deli and bakery packaging. The project will create 15 new jobs and is expected to be completed by October 2022.

Other named recipients were Precision Stamping Group, APAG Elektronik Corp., and Laval Tool and Mould Ltd.

“Windsor-Essex County and Ontario are open for business and open for jobs,” says Fedeli.

The SWODF is part of a new Regional Development Program for eastern and southwestern Ontario. Businesses can receive financial support through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) and SWODF and guided access to a range of complementary services and supports. The Ministry of Energy and Northern Development and Mines (ENDM) also supports businesses in Northern Ontario through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).

Source: Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade


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