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Province Partnering with Walinga Inc. to Create Jobs in Guelph and Fergus

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Province Partnering with Walinga Inc. to Create Jobs in Guelph and Fergus

Ontario Supporting Agricultural Manufacturing Sector in Southwestern Ontario

Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

Ontario is partnering with Walinga Inc. to expand and grow the company's facilities in Guelph and Fergus, creating 25 new full-time jobs and retaining 177 positions over four years.

Walinga is a family-owned and operated company that manufactures agricultural equipment. It makes custom built bulk feed transportation trailers at their Guelph facility and portable dry bulk handling equipment at their Fergus facility.

With $440,900 in support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, Walinga will be able to expand manufacturing space in both of their Ontario facilities and purchase new equipment that will enhance productivity.

Modelled on the proven Eastern Ontario Development Fund, the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is helping to create jobs and diversify the economy by encouraging regional businesses to pursue innovation and new markets. The development fund covers between 10 to 15 per cent of eligible project costs, and Walinga will fund the remainder of the project with their own resources.

Attracting new investment to southwestern Ontario is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Founded in Ontario in 1954, Walinga has five locations across North America.
  • Ontario is accepting applications for the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund from qualified businesses that are growing and creating jobs.
  • Sectors eligible for the fund include advanced manufacturing, food processing, life sciences, information and communications technology, tourism and cultural industries.
  • Since October 2012, Ontario has invested over $75 million through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, leveraging a total investment of more than $800 million. These investments have helped to create over 3,000 new jobs and retain more than 18,000 existing jobs in the region.

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Quotes

Brad Duguid

“Our government is committed to building up southwestern Ontario through investments in home-grown companies like Walinga Inc. By supporting our manufacturing sector, the province is working hard to create good paying jobs and grow the economy.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Liz Sandals

“The province recognizes the importance of investing in companies in this region. I am pleased that with support of $440,900 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, families in Guelph and Fergus will benefit from new jobs, and an enhanced agricultural manufacturing sector.”

Liz Sandals

MPP, Guelph

“This funding will help us to modernize our production facilities and improve our manufacturing efficiencies. Through our partnership with the province, we will maintain our position as a global leader in our industry, and provide new full-time jobs for the hard-working people in Wellington County and surrounding areas.”

Butch Medemblik

Managing Director, Walinga Inc.

Media Contacts

  • Andreas Kyprianou

    Communications Branch

    andreas.kyprianou@ontario.ca

    416-325-2479

  • Jessica Hume

    Minister's Office

    jessica.hume@ontario.ca

    416-325-7569

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