Construction Begins on New Manufacturing Innovation Centre
Ontario Supporting Innovation in Niagara Manufacturing Sector
Construction has officially begun on Niagara College's new Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.
With support from a $4.2 million provincial investment, the new, permanent, high-tech manufacturing centre will provide students with more than 15,000 square feet of lab space for hands-on applied learning, innovation space for companies to work onsite and office space for Niagara students and industry staff.
The centre will also help Ontario's small and medium-sized manufacturers save on production costs and reduce production time by providing them access to leading-edge equipment and state-of-the-art research facilities as well as the expertise and business services of faculty and students.
Supporting business innovation and postsecondary education is a key part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-point plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic and supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- Advanced manufacturing innovation programs began in May 2013, led by Niagara College Research and Innovation.
- More than 850 small and medium-sized enterprises operate in the Niagara region.
“The manufacturing sector is critical to our prosperity and that's why we are investing in the sector's future by helping to build the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. We are also investing in these Niagara College students, who will go on to be highly skilled workers and contribute to Ontario's success. Smart investments like these are part of our economic plan to make Ontario a better place to live, work and invest.”
“Ontario’s people are its greatest asset and our government remains committed to investing in their talent and skills. This Centre’s collaborative focus helps give students important real-world experience and connects them with area manufacturers, and this permanent home will connect everyone with world-class equipment and an innovative spirit that will benefit the entire region for decades to come.”
“We are pleased to be breaking ground today on our new Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. This new facility will be a permanent home to expand Niagara College's faculty and students' capacity to assist small and medium-sized manufacturers with a centre that is already providing real-world research and innovation solutions to the manufacturing sector through research and innovation. We are pleased that the government recognizes the contribution Niagara College's faculty and students are playing in advanced manufacturing.”
Dr. Dan Patterson