Ontario Helping to Create New Manufacturing Jobs in Midland
Major Upgrades at Weber Manufacturing Technologies Will Boost Simcoe County Economy
Ontario is supporting Weber Manufacturing Technologies in a major upgrade of its facilities, helping to create 17 new jobs and secure 220 existing jobs in Midland.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Weber's factory today to announce the government's support of more than $790,000 for a project to adopt innovative technology and boost production capacity by 30 per cent. This investment, through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, will help Weber increase its exports internationally.
Weber employs a highly skilled workforce to make world-class precision molds and components for leading automotive and aerospace manufacturers, as well as manufacturing its own MasterGrain line of fibreglass doors. The province's support for Weber's expansion will help the company build on its success, while also strengthening Ontario's role as a leader in advanced manufacturing.
Investing in businesses and helping to create jobs in Southwestern Ontario is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Weber is a diverse company that sells high-precision molds to global customers. It operates the world’s largest Nickel Vapour Deposition facility, which is capable of producing nickel shapes in pure nickel for molds and complex components, including fine surface details, grains and textures. Its customers include global manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Chrysler, GM and Boeing.
- Ontario is investing about $793,000 in this project, with Weber funding the remaining 90 per cent of eligible costs. It is expected to be completed by December 2020.
- Since 2013, the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) and the Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) have helped to create and retain more than 45,000 jobs, and have attracted about $2.2 billion in investment.
- The SWODF funds up to 15 per cent of eligible costs for projects by qualified businesses that are growing and creating jobs in the advanced manufacturing, food processing, life sciences, information and communications technology, tourism and cultural industries.
“Ontario’s economy is in a good place, and we are working to ensure that people in every part of our province share in the benefits of the growth we have achieved. Weber Manufacturing Technologies is a terrific Ontario success story. I am excited to work with the company to build on its success, which will create new, highly skilled jobs in Midland and strengthen Ontario as a key hub for the jobs of the future.”
“Companies like Weber Manufacturing are key drivers of our economy, creating good jobs and boosting economic growth across the province. Our strategic investments are just some of the many ways we’re helping manufacturers to succeed and grow.”