Ontario Construction News staff writer
Four Southwestern Ontario businesses have announced expansion plans totalling $24 million and the provincial government is contributing $500,000 to each project.
“Investing in these types of community-building projects will help us continue to build Ontario and strengthen the economy,” said Vic Fedeli, minister of economic development, job creation and trade. “We thank Arvaspring, Sante Manufacturing, Idol Core Industries and MC3 Manufacturing for making a significant impact in their communities and for contributing to our province’s dynamic and growing manufacturing sector.”
Arvaspring, a family-owned company in Middlesex, is investing $5 million to build a new poultry-processing facility to increase their capacity.
“The new facility is designed to process poultry and poultry products to meet the increased demand from a culturally diverse marketplace while addressing the continually evolving need for environmental sustainability,” said Dale Donaldson, president of Arvaspring.
Sante Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer of health and beauty products in Aylmer, is investing $7.5 million to expand productivity and reduce reliance on third-party manufacturing.
“Sante Manufacturing appreciates the financial support and partnership of the Ontario government to accelerate our manufacturing expansion,” said Wayne Kirby, director of Sante Manufacturing. “Manufacturing efficiency is paramount in today’s global economy and in 2023 over 70 per cent of the products we produce will be exported, including products under our SpaSoap trademark, which is the largest Canadian-made and Canadian-owned exported liquid soap trademark.”
Idol Core Industries creates sustainable solutions for plastic products using compostable materials, mainly for the agricultural industry. The company is investing $5.1 million to relocate and expand manufacturing operations in Kingsville.
“Idol Core Industries is a leading mold builder and machine shop, focused on building molds that have the potential or are specifically designed to create products using bio resins or a carbon neutral material,” said Paul Incitti, president of Idol Core Industries.
MC3 Manufacturing, a machine tool and stamping conveyor systems manufacturer that produces and installs various types of conveyor systems is investing $6.8 million to build a new facility in Kingsville.
“MC3 is an inclusive company built on exceptional values. Our values include operating with integrity, delivering the highest quality results, and making a difference in the community,” said James Richards, plant manager for MC3 Manufacturing. “Our team holds these values at work, at home and in our community.
“Our commitment to these values allows us to work collaboratively, striving to make a positive difference in everything we do. This grant impacts our community, expands our workforce and helps us maintain a competitive edge in the global market.”
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 and Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and guided access to a range of complementary services and supports.