Roxul creating jobs in Milton
McGuinty Government Helping Insulation Manufacturer Grow, Create Jobs
Insulation manufacturer Roxul held a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate construction work that will double the size of its Milton plant and create about 100 new jobs. The new facility is expected to open in early 2009.
Roxul makes energy-saving and environmentally friendly mineral wool insulation by recycling waste left over from local steel production. The new production line will include state-of-the-art technologies for the most effective emission controls, while most of the plant's own waste is recycled with only one per cent going to landfill.
Roxul's Milton plant expansion represents a total investment of about $175 million by Rockwool International, the company's Danish parent. The province provided a $10-million loan, announced March 2007, from Ontario's Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy (AMIS).
Supporting investment and job creation by partnering with business is one of the Ontario government's five key economic priorities. The others are:
- Investing in education and skills training
- Keeping taxes competitive
- Investing in infrastructure and
- Developing a modern economy through innovation.
- AMIS has supported a roster of innovative projects that will generate almost $860 million in new investments and support the creation or retention of almost 3,900 jobs over a five-year period.
- Once installed, the energy used to manufacture Roxul insulation is recovered within three weeks of ordinary use. Insulation currently in place in North American homes saves $74 billion annually in heating and cooling costs and also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Roxul's Milton plant was able to cut its electricity consumption by about 10 per cent through a range of efficiency measures including a lighting retro-fit. The company also participates in Milton Hydro's voluntary Transitional Demand Response Program where Roxul scales back its energy usage during times of peak demand for the local hydro grid.
- The process to make mineral wool insulation resembles the natural action of a volcano. Recycled steel slag and natural volcanic rock is melted under intense heat and spun into fibres. That material is then cut and trimmed into finished insulation products .
“Here's a company making innovative products that save energy and help our environment. There's huge potential for Ontario to be a leader in the green economy and our government wants to do everything it can to help companies like this succeed.”
“While our production output is expected to triple, our total emissions will be less than half of provincial limits. The expansion will help Roxul grow its customer base across North America and is great news for our employees and the local economy.”
“On behalf of Council, I'd like to congratulate Roxul on their expansion in Milton . As the fastest-growing community in Canada, we support the expansion of companies into Milton's industrial/commercial family. This is a win-win situation for the company expanding and the Milton community as a whole.”