5 Top Reasons to Invest in Southwestern Ontario
Located between Toronto and Detroit - a major North American hub for Manufacturing and InnovationCanada's Industrial Heartland is located in the center of the Southwestern Ontario peninsula - an area roughly the size of West Virginia. It is home to 3 million people who enjoy the temperate climate, fertile soil, gently rolling landscape and varied stretches of lakeshore.
- Population of over 12 million (1/3 of the Canadian population)
- Area of 415,000 square miles (larger than France & Spain combined)
- Over 250,000 lakes & rivers (1/3 of the world's fresh water)
Welcome to Canada's Industrial HeartlandAccording to The Economist Intelligence Unit, the world's foremost provider of country, industry and management analysis, Canada will be the best place in the G7 to do business from 2010 to 2014. Ontario, Canada's economic powerhouse, has emerged as a North American hub for international business and many businesses are taking advantage of the region's strengths:
- Competitive Business Costs and Corporate Taxes on Manufacturing
- A Strategic Location
- Quick Access to five NAFTA Corridors and six U.S./Canadian border crossings
- World class infrastructure and telecommunications
- Generous Research & Development Credits
- 500,000+ skilled people ready to work
- Safe, healthy, and affordable living
Town of Tillsonburg approves industrial land sale to Wise Line Metal Sales Inc
Tillsonburg Town Council approved the sale of seven acres of industrial land to Wise Line Metal Sales Inc at their February 8, 2016 Council meeting. The land sale will enable Wise Line Metal Sales to expand their operations through the construction of a new 30,000 square foot industrial building in the Town’s Van Norman Industrial Park.
Wise Line Metal Sales Inc is a custom manufacturer of metal siding, roofing, garages and steel products for the agricultural and construction industries. They have been in business for over ten years and are continuing to grow. As they are unable to expand at their current location, they are looking for a new location for their business. Staff has been working with representatives from Wise Line since 2015 to find a suitable location in Tillsonburg.
"We are pleased to announce that Wise Line Metal Sales will be relocating to Tillsonburg" says David Wieler, Co-owner. "Our business has been experiencing growing pains and a new building will enable our business to accommodate new and existing business while improving the efficiency and productivity of our operations", he adds.
"I am pleased to welcome Wise Line Metal Sales and their employees to the community on behalf of the Town," says Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar. "One of the goals identified in the Community Strategic Plan is providing a variety of employment opportunities in Tillsonburg and attracting Wise Line Metal Sales here supports growth across multiple sectors", he adds.
"Wise Line Metal Sales looks forward to supporting both existing and new customers at its future location" says Co-owner Dwight Steven, "many of our customers are located in the Greater Tillsonburg Area and this move will help us serve them better". "Our tool division offers a wide variety of products to meet agricultural, construction and contractor needs, and we look forward to adding to our product mix at our new location", he adds.
"The Town of Tillsonburg moved quickly to meet our needs and provide us with the information required to make this decision", says Co-owner Dan Wieler, "and based on our experience with the Economic Development Department, we would highly recommend them to other companies."
The land sale will facilitate approximately 20 jobs while providing for additional employment growth in the future. Construction is anticipated to start in Spring 2016 with occupancy by the end of the year.
Located 90 minutes west of the Toronto area, Tillsonburg offers companies a strategic location in Ontario’s agriculture and manufacturing heartland. With low business and development costs, progressive policies and a high-speed fibre optic network, Tillsonburg is home to more than 600 regional, national and international companies. To find out more about Tillsonburg, visit www.tillsonburg.ca or www.DiscoverTillsonburg.ca.
Stephen Molnar, Mayor
Town of Tillsonburg
Dave Wieler, Co-owner
Wise Line Metal Sales Inc
St. Thomas is Best in Show at Provincial Marketing Awards
#stthomasproud wins again - this time at the Provincial level
St. Thomas - February 8, 2016
Every year, the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) recognizes achievements in economic development marketing by presenting awards in the categories of business development, tourism and product development. In 2006, the annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Marketing Excellence in Ontario was introduced to honour the single most outstanding achievement made by an award recipient in these categories. A decade later, the winner of this prestigious award is the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation (EDC), recognized for their community-driven #stthomasproud campaign.
This award, coupled with another for the use of Technology and New Media in Economic Development Marketing, made St. Thomas the big winners for 2015 and gave even more exposure to this popular grass roots campaign.
After happily congratulating staff on the win, EDC President Dennis Broome pointed out the shift in direction that the EDC as a Board has taken and noted that "We will always be working hard to market the City externally, but great strides have been made over the last several years to focus on both understanding, growing and sharing what we are so fortunate to have in St. Thomas. The success of this campaign is proof that we're on the right path."
Born out of negativity following the global economic downturn and since fueled by a resilient positivity, #stthomasproud has become commonplace on social media, sign boards and other marketing channels in the City and around the world.
Representing the EDC Board at the event was EDC Vice President and St. Thomas City Councillor Linda Stevenson, who noted that "The event was very professional, with an electric atmosphere and the applause alone showed that our peers in economic development appreciated the significance of this campaign."
While the Technology and New Media Awards are grouped by population ranges, the Lieutenant Governor's Award looks at all of the marketing programs in the province and recognizes that which is deemed the best overall. This is the first time St. Thomas has been awarded this honour.
Upon receiving the call that night, Mayor Heather Jackson was ecstatic and noted "To receive recognition at this level shows that the hard work and commitment of the great team at the St. Thomas EDC, along with the entire community, is working. We are showing the world what a great place St. Thomas is to live, work and raise a family."
EDC General Manager Sean Dyke summarized it in saying "Given the incredible quality, reach and big budgets of some of the marketing campaigns developed in the province over the last year, our team was almost speechless when the announcement was made. The Lieutenant Governor's award is the pinnacle of recognition for economic development marketing in Ontario. We all wear a passion for our community on our sleeves and emotions ran high when we heard them say that St. Thomas was the winner. We are extremely happy and honoured to be recognized with this award, largely because we know it's not just us who make this work. We share this honour with our entire community and could not be more St. Thomas Proud."
Established in 1957, the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation is among the oldest of its kind in North America. With a mandate to improve the quality of life in St. Thomas, the #stthomasproud campaign fit well within that mission. The EDC has a staff complement of five people who work in three separate areas of responsibility: Economic Development, Railway City Tourism and the Elgin/St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre. The organization is overseen by a 15-member Board of Directors, made up of all of St. Thomas City Council, two representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, one representing Labour, one from Ascent and three members at large from the community.
For further information, please contact:
Sean Dyke, General Manager
519-631-1680 ext. 4104 (office)