Southwestern Ontario manufacturers share $3.2 million from the province

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Ontario supports a $22.6 million surge in Southwestern Ontario economy with $3.2 million Regional Development Program investment

“The Regional Development Program continues to support local manufacturers through targeted investments that allow businesses to create good, local jobs,” said Vic Fedeli, minister of economic development, job creation and trade. “These projects are making a significant impact in communities and economies in the Orangeville region and Southern Ontario by helping to secure the private-sector investment needed to create the conditions for long-term economic growth and job creation. We thank E. Hofmann Plastics Canada and Rochling Engineering Plastics for contributing to our province’s dynamic and growing manufacturing sector.”

Hofmann Plastics Canada Inc.in Orangeville is building a new $20 million, 41,000-sq. ft. automated warehouse to improve efficiency and increase their production capacity to manufacture packaging using thermoforming and injection moulding techniques.

With $3 million from the province, the company will purchase new equipment to support the production of innovative, environmentally friendly plastic packaging.

“E. Hofmann is proud to work alongside the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund to help the business continue to build it’s advanced manufacturing facility,” said Paul Kalia, president and CEO of E. Hoffmann.

“Investments in a state-of-the-art warehouse, automated production, and additional capacity will help Hofmann continue to remain competitive as it serves the North American market for food, chemical, and construction industries. The investments made will have a direct impact in Hofmann creating more value added employment for Dufferin County and surrounding regions.”

With $241,678 from the province, Röchling Engineering Plastics Ltd. will add a fourth plastic extrusion line to their current operation in Orangeville. The company produces high-quality thin gauge printable polyethylene sheets used in the graphics industry and the new line will add 2.2 million pounds of additional graphic capacity. The technology being installed will allow the new line to run 24/7.

Röchling is also planning a major plant expansion in 2022.

The government launched the Regional Development Program for Eastern and Southwestern Ontario in November 2019. Businesses and municipalities can get financial support through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) and Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) and guided access to a range of complementary services and supports.

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