Province invests $3.2 million in local manufacturers

December 2, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Paula Brown, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Ontario government is helping boost the regional economy with investments into two Orangeville manufacturers.

Last Thursday (Nov. 25) Vic Fedeli, the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, visited the local manufacturers to announce a more than $3.2 million investment in E. Hofmann Plastics Canada Inc., and Rochling Engineering Plastics Ltd.

The Orangeville companies in total have invested more than $22.6 million to help strengthen local manufacturing; helping to create 30 new jobs.

“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,” said Fedeli.

E. Hofmann Plastics Canada Inc. invested $20 million to build a new 41,000 sq. ft automated warehouse that will improve their efficiency and increase their production capacity to manufacture packaging using thermoforming and inject moulding techniques.

According to a press release, the $3 million investment from the government will help create 16 new jobs at the local company.

“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,” said Paul Kalia, president and CEO of E. Hofmann.

Speaking with the Citizen, Kalia discussed providing new and better paying jobs for the community.

“It’s very gratifying to see the people within the company doing well because we’re doing well. We have made one of our missions in the company that as the company grows the people grown financially and otherwise.”

Rochling Engineering Plastics Ltd. is investing more than $2.6 million to add a fourth plastic extrusion line to their current operation in Orangeville. The technology being installed will allows for the new line to run 24/7. A total of 14 new jobs will be created through an investment of $241,678 from the government.

“Government don’t create jobs, but we have and can play a role in entrepreneurs and businesses that want to invest in Ontario and in our communities,” said Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones. “I’ve lived in this community for a long time, I’ve served for a number of year and one thing that we often see is how many people have to go outside of where they live to get a good job. I want to thank you for investing in Orangeville, and in Dufferin.”

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