McGuinty Government Invests In Manufacturing Excellence At DENSO Manufacturing Canada Inc.



    $4.5 Million Investment Spurs Innovation, Helps Create 322 Jobs At
    Guelph Plant

    GUELPH, ON, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing     
$4.5 million in the expansion of DENSO Manufacturing Canada Inc.'s Guelph
facility to help the company increase production and create high-value jobs in
Ontario, announced Liz Sandals, MPP Guelph-Wellington on behalf of Sandra
Pupatello, Minister Economic Development and Trade.
    "Once again the highly skilled workforce of Guelph-Wellington has
leveraged great opportunities for Ontario's manufacturing sector and our
region," said Sandals. "The Ontario government's investment will help DENSO
create 322 jobs, introduce advanced technologies and provide top-notch
training. This is something to celebrate, and the McGuinty government is
replicating this success across the province."

    
    The three-year project, supported under the Ontario Automotive Investment
Strategy (OAIS), carries a combined provincial and company investment of 
$78.2 million. Features of the project include:

    -   Expansion of DENSO's current facility from 10,000 square metres to
        30,000 square metres
    -   A new production line of Engine Cooling Modules
    -   Introduction of innovative processes, including advanced metal
        brazing technologies
    -   Employee skills training and developmental opportunities.
    

    "Our Guelph location provided us with the best advantages for expansion
based on our production needs," said DENSO Manufacturing Canada President Joe
Stich. "The strategic location, total cost of manufacturing and competitive
workforce will help DENSO Manufacturing Canada reach the next level of
success. DENSO is pleased with the support and the collaboration that the
Ontario government has provided our organization."
    The McGuinty government's $500-million OAIS strategy was introduced in
2004 to support the auto industry's key areas of competitiveness.
    "Our investment strategies are leveraging invaluable opportunities and
creating an innovative and competitive climate in Ontario's auto sector that's
recognized throughout the world," said Pupatello. "DENSO's decision to expand
its Guelph facility proves yet again that Ontario is the best place for auto
manufacturing in North America."

    
    Today's announcement is just one more example of how, working together,
Ontarians are achieving results for Ontario's manufacturing industry. Other
initiatives include:

    -   A new $650-million Next Generation Jobs Fund that will leverage
        investments in green technologies that help to reduce greenhouse gas
        emissions and improve environmental sustainability
    -   Ontario's strategic auto investments that have leveraged more than
        $7 billion in new investments and anchored thousands of high-value
        jobs
    -   The Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy that promotes the use
        of leading edge technologies and processes and has supported a range
        of innovative projects that will generate about $670 million in new
        investment and support the creation or retention of about 4,000 jobs
        over a five-year period.

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    Backgrounder
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                   DRIVING ONTARIO AUTO INDUSTRY INNOVATION
    

    Ontario's auto industry

    Ontario's auto industry produces cars, light trucks and parts. About   
85 per cent of finished vehicles are exported to the United States. Over    
90 per cent of Canada's auto industry is located in Ontario, and all
Canadian-built cars and light trucks are manufactured in the province.
    Six major vehicle manufacturers operate a total of 12 Ontario assembly
plants. Ontario is also home to two heavy truck manufacturers. These plants
are supplied by more than 400 major automotive parts manufacturers, which
collectively have more than 500 plants in Ontario.
    Ontario's auto parts and assembly industry employs over 130,000 people
and represents about 20 per cent of the province's total manufacturing output.
    Global industry restructuring, combined with increasing competition for
new investment and product mandates, requires ongoing investments in research
and innovation, skills training and leading edge technologies to keep
Ontario's auto sector prosperous.

    Ontario's auto investment strategy

    The McGuinty government's $500-million Ontario Automotive Investment
Strategy was launched in April 2004 to leverage private sector investment in
key areas supporting the industry's competitiveness:

    
    -   Skills training to keep pace with new technologies and processes
    -   Innovation and research
    -   Improved infrastructure to support new manufacturing techniques
    -   Energy efficiencies and environmental technologies.
    

    The strategy supports leading-edge auto manufacturing projects that are
worth more than $300 million in investment or that create or retain more than
300 jobs.
    Ontario's strategic auto investments have leveraged more than $7 billion
in new investments and anchored thousands of high-value jobs. Large-scale auto
projects also offer considerable spin off benefits for suppliers, the
construction industry, and local economic development.
    Many of the projects also include linkages with universities and research
institutions to help position Ontario as a centre for the research and
innovation required for the next generation of vehicles.

    Next Generation Jobs Fund

    Building on the success of the Ontario Automotive Investment Strategy, in
June 2007 the Premier announced a new $650-million Next Generation Jobs Fund
that will leverage investments in green technologies that help to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental sustainability.
    The fund will support green technology investments across a range of
sectors including auto, advanced manufacturing, energy production, forestry
and agriculture.

    
    Projects supported by Ontario's auto strategy

    -   General Motors, Beacon Project - a multi-faceted investment that
        supports the company's vehicle design and manufacturing capabilities
        at plants in Oshawa, St. Catharines and at CAMI in Ingersoll.
        Provincial support of $235 million for a total investment of
        $2.5 billion.

    -   Ford, Oakville - investments to make Oakville the company's first
        flexible manufacturing facility in Canada, plus a new research and
        development centre focusing on fuel cell technology. Provincial
        support of $100 million for a total investment of $1 billion.

    -   Chrysler, Windsor and Brampton - investments in increased
        manufacturing flexibility and an environmentally advanced paint shop
        at the company's Windsor facility and skills training at the Brampton
        plant. Provincial support of $76.8 million for a total investment of
        $768 million.

    -   Toyota, Woodstock - first greenfield vehicle assembly plant to be
        built in Ontario for almost 20 years. Provincial support of
        $70 million for a total investment of $1.1 billion.

    -   Linamar, Guelph - creation of a Technology Centre, plus investments
        in research and development and skills training. Provincial support
        of $44.5 million for a total investment of $1.1 billion.

    -   International Truck and Engine Corporation, Chatham and Windsor -
        skills training for workers at the Chatham truck assembly plant plus
        a new research and development centre in cooperation with the
        University of Windsor. Provincial support of $32 million for a total
        investment of $270 million.

    -   Honda, Alliston - new engine facility plus investments to upgrade
        supporting public infrastructure. Provincial support of $15 million
        for a total investment of $154 million.

    -   Valiant Corporation, Windsor - next generation of robotic vehicle
        assembly systems. Provincial support of $7.1 million for a total
        investment of $93 million.

    -   Nemak, Windsor - investment in an innovative engine block
        manufacturing process. Provincial support of $6 million for a total
        investment of $100 million.

    -   AGS Automotive and Tiercon, Stoney Creek, Oshawa, Toronto, Cambridge
        and Windsor - development of advanced and fully integrated bumper
        systems and expansion of product portfolio. Provincial support of
        $6 million for a total investment of $62 million.

    -   Denso Manufacturing Canada, Guelph - expansion of its current
        facility from 10,000 square metres to 30,000 square metres and
        increase in workforce to accommodate the introduction of a new
        production line of Engine Cooling Modules. Provincial support of
        $4.5 million for a total investment of $78.2 million.

    Disponible en français

                            www.ontariocanada.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Valérie Poulin, Minister Pupatello's Office,
(416) 325-6907; Dave Bauer, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8773

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