Ontario allocates $12 million to boost manufacturing in Windsor and Leamington

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited SnowflakeDB last week to celebrate a completed expansion project at the Toronto headquarters.

The company plans to triple their footprint over the next three years.

Ontario also announced $12 million for four companies in Windsor and Leamington that are planning to expand their manufacturing operations.

Among the companies receiving funding is DS Actimo Canada, a subsidiary of South Korea-based DSEV. The company is investing over $60 million to construct a 107,000-sq. ft. facility in Windsor, its first manufacturing plant in North America. The plant will produce battery cell module cases with wiring components for electric vehicle batteries, including those to be made at NextStar Energy Inc.’s $5 billion EV battery manufacturing plant. The provincial government is contributing $5 million to the project through its Regional Development Program (RDP), and the initiative is expected to create 96 jobs.

In addition, Kautex Textron is planning to establish a new battery skid plate manufacturing facility to produce battery casings for EVs using advanced composite materials. This $23 million project will receive $1.5 million in funding from the province. Kautex Textron, located in Windsor, is the only plastic fuel tank manufacturer in Canada.

Highbury Canco Corp. is another recipient of provincial support. The food product manufacturer aims to modernize its facility and increase processing and warehouse capacity with an investment of $26.5 million. Ontario is providing more than $3.1 million for the project.

Integrity Tool & Mold Inc. will also receive funding from the government to adopt state-of-the-art technology at its new Windsor facility, enhancing its production capacity. The company supplies parts to a range of industries, including the automotive supply chain, and has committed $15.6 million to the project. Ontario will contribute $2.3 million to the initiative.

“Windsor and Leamington have a proud history of manufacturing excellence, and thanks to continued investment in the region, we are confident that our targeted approach to fostering stability and growth across our economy is working,” said Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli.

Through its Regional Development Program, Ontario has supported more than 110 projects to date, resulting in over $1.6 billion in new investments and the creation of more than 3,000 jobs.


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