McGuinty Government Investment Boosts Tilbury Economy

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McGuinty Government Investment Boosts Tilbury Economy

Skills Training To Enhance Competitiveness, Create 134 Jobs TILBURY, ON, Aug. 30 - A McGuinty government investment in skills training for an innovative local manufacturer that makes environmentally friendly utility and transmission poles will create 134 new jobs, Pat Hoy, MPP for Chatham-Kent-Essex, announced today on behalf of Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "This is great news for Tilbury, our workers and their families," said Hoy. "Our government is making strategic investments in rural Ontario to help leading-edge manufacturing companies enhance their global competitiveness through skills training." The province will contribute $950,000 to help Global Composite Manufacturing Inc. and its partner, RS Technologies, provide training in composite materials technology for making utility and transmission poles. Earlier this year, Ontario's Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy contributed $2 million towards the project. "Thanks to the support of the provincial government, we can now proceed with creating a highly skilled and integrated workforce," said David Butler, president, Global Composite Manufacturing Inc. "A strong workforce is required for our new manufacturing process and this investment will help us lead the way in green technology." This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in rural Ontario. Other examples include: - Providing $400 million as part of the $1.2 billion Move Ontario initiative for municipal road and bridge maintenance and construction projects; included in this funding is $188 million for rural municipalities - Providing $6 million to the Ontario BioAuto Council, a multi-industry initiative to position the province as a global leader in manufacturing auto parts and other materials from agricultural and forestry feedstocks - Investing $5.9 million in the Ontario BioCar initiative, a research project to turn Ontario's harvest - such as wheat, corn, soybeans and forest biomass - into viable materials for the auto industry. Today's investment was made through the Rural Economic Development (RED) Program, which invests in community-based projects that support sustainable rural economies in three priority areas: improved access to health care services, revitalized communities and downtowns, and enhanced skills training. Through the RED Program, the province has invested $45.1 million in 139 projects, representing a total investment of $477.4 million in rural Ontario, since 2003. The Ontario government and its partners are building strong rural communities that work better for the people who live in them. Disponible en français www.ontario.ca/omafra Contact Info For further information: Kelly Synnott, Minister's Office, (416) 326-6439; Brent Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 326-9342 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Kelly Synnott, Minister's Office, (416) 326-6439; Brent Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 326-9342