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Support for Investments in the Automotive Sector in Windsor

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Support for Investments in the Automotive Sector in Windsor

"We are very pleased that Minister Matthews is here to announce that several of our local companies are receiving grants to support growth and expansion in the Windsor-Essex region. We will continue to work closely with our provincial partners so that more of our companies take advantage of the program to bring prosperity to our region."

--  Rakesh Naidu, CEO (Interim), WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

"We are pleased to partner with the Ontario government on our new, cutting edge facility in the town of Lakeshore. Using a patented technology we will be extruding alloys for the automotive sector that are stronger and weigh less than other similar aluminium products."

--  Lucy Cedrone, CAO, Astrex Inc

"We welcome the support from the Ontario government on this important project. We have continued to invest significantly in automotive lightweighting technology in the Windsor area with the launch of three production lines."

--  Ray Prieduls, Chief Financial Officer, The Electromac Group

"We are excited about our project and happy the province of Ontario is working with us. This project will help us substantially reduce lead times on orders, hire employees and further solidify our position as a North American leader in automotive packaging. We are also purchasing a state-of-the-art powder coating machine to meet customer demand in an environmentally friendly way."

--  Abe Friesen, President, Essex Weld Solutions 

"Partnering with the province of Ontario means we have the support we need to invest in high tech processing equipment that will make us a Canadian leader. Today's news is good for the community of Oldcastle, for the automotive supply chain and for our company."

--  Wayne McLaughlin, Plant Manager, Integrity Tool and Mold

"We are grateful for the support from the Ontario government. Our vision is to build an organization with world class manufacturing and product leadership. The new equipment will improve the Windsor plant's production rate and product quality, and allow us meet demand in this growing automotive market."

--  Justin D. Norman, President & Chief Executive Officer, JD Norman Industries, Inc. 

"Lakeside Plastics is pleased to be the recipient of a $1.28 million investment on behalf of the Province of Ontario. Lakeside is in the midst of various growth initiatives, and the funding stream aligns favourably with our current strategy. Lakeside Plastics recently entered its 40th year as an active employer within Windsor-Essex business community, and looks forward to further job creation/expansion in the coming years at our Oldcastle campus."

--  Jim Gazo, President, Lakeside Plastics

"We are expanding and upgrading our Lakeshore plant with support from the Ontario government. We've been working with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to develop the processing of innovative high-strength steel. The upgrades to our plant will give us the ability to process the new material and give us a leg up over our competitors."

--  Dave Ekblad, Chief Financial Officer, Ventra Group Co. 

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