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Ontario Supporting Jobs and Growth in London

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Ontario Supporting Jobs and Growth in London

Investment Will Support More Than 250 Jobs in Local Small Businesses

Small Business

Ontario is partnering with FPH Group Inc., TransForm Automotive Canada Ltd., Forest City Models and Patterns Ltd. and Amino North America Corporation to drive economic growth, creating 47 new jobs and retaining more than 207 positions in London.

Fluid Power House (FPH) Group Inc. engineers, manufactures and supplies hydraulic, electrical and mechanical systems and components to an international customer base, primarily in the defense industry. With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, FPH Group will invest in advanced production equipment to expand their in-house capability, helping them grow their export volumes.

TransForm Automotive Canada Ltd. is a certified manufacturer of round stamped and machined automotive transmission components to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers. With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, TransForm Automotive Canada will expand its current facility by 9,000 sq. ft. and invest in new equipment to maintain a competitive advantage and win new contracts.

Forest City Models and Patterns Ltd. designs and manufactures rotational molded plastic products such as rain barrels and composters, and sells primarily to the consumer home and garden marketplace and municipalities. With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, Forest City Models and Patterns is constructing a new 55,000 sq. ft. production facility, doubling its current production space.

Amino North America Corporation (ANAC) specializes in the production of automotive body panels and other components for vehicles, including the Lincoln MKC, Mustang GT350, F150 Raptor and the Sierra/Silverado HD Dually.  With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, ANAC will install a new sheet press to improve formability, cycle time and part quality.

Supporting business investment in southwest Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • TransForm Automotive Canada Ltd: Ontario is investing $500,000 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund in this project, supporting an additional investment of $15,060,775 from TransForm Automotive. The project will create 15 new jobs, help to retain more than 74 existing positions and is expected to be completed by September 2020.
  • Forest City Models and Patterns Ltd.: Ontario is investing $162,700 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund in this project, supporting an additional investment of $1,464,304 from Forest City. The project will create 8 new jobs, help to retain 14 existing positions and is expected to be completed by August 2021.
  • ANAC: Ontario is investing $400,500 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund in this project, supporting an additional investment of $5,186,500 from ANAC. The project will create 10 new jobs, help to retain 45 existing positions and is expected to be completed by September 2019.
  • FPH Group Inc.: Ontario is investing $175,650 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund in this project, supporting an additional multi-million dollar investment from FPH Group. The project will create 14 new jobs, help to retain 74 existing positions and is expected to be completed by May 2020.
  • Since 2013, the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and Eastern Ontario Development Fund have helped to create and retain 48,000 jobs and have attracted approximately $2.3 billion in investment. The funds cover up to 15 per cent of eligible project costs, with the recipient company funding the remainder from its own resources.
  • 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.
  • Ontario’s five-year, $650-million Business Growth Initiative is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and modernizing regulations for businesses.

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Jeff Leal

“Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in southwestern Ontario, and our investments are helping these companies create good jobs and grow the local economy. We're happy to highlight their success during Small Business Week, and are pleased to support their growth.”

Jeff Leal

Minister Responsible for Small Business

Deb Matthews

“These local businesses and their investments in our community help our region prosper and grow. Their decisions to expand their operations here is a testament to our overall continuing success in southwestern Ontario. I’m pleased our government is supporting their growth through these investments.”

Deb Matthews

MPP, London North Centre

“We are happy to partner with the Ontario Government and to have this support for our expansion project. This announcement will mean great success for London businesses — today and into the future. We are thrilled to be a part of this community’s growth.”

Denis Hartman

Operations Manager, TransForm Automotive Canada Ltd.

“This new production facility will bring new and exciting prospects for our company and will help us continue towards a bright future. This is made possible by the support of the Ontario Government as well as the thriving small business community in London.”

Mark Allen

President, Forest City Models and Patterns Ltd.

“Ontario’s manufacturing sector is thriving, and we are fortunate to have the support we need to succeed in this market. I am confident that these equipment enhancements will boost our company’s success in the coming years.”

Trent Maki

President, Amino North America Corporation

“The evolving business climate requires companies like ours to be flexible and forward-thinking. With this support, we are able to plan for our customers’ needs now and in the future through advanced product engineering and leading edge equipment and manufacturing processes. It also assists us to move forward and grow our position as the leader in this space and our community, now and in the coming years.”

Manoj Mehta

President, FPH Group

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