McGuinty Government Helping Insulation Manufacturer Grow, Create Jobs
TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ -
Insulation manufacturer Roxul held a groundbreaking ceremony today to
celebrate construction work that will double the size of its Milton plant and
create about 100 new jobs. The new facility is expected to open in early 2009.
Roxul (http://www.roxul.com/sw16796.asp) makes energy-saving and
environmentally friendly mineral wool insulation by recycling waste left over
from local steel production. The new production line will include
state-of-the-art technologies for the most effective emission controls, while
most of the plant's own waste is recycled with only one per cent going to
Roxul's Milton plant expansion
represents a total investment of about $175 million by Rockwool International,
the company's Danish parent. The province provided a $10-million loan,
2007, from Ontario's Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy (AMIS)
Supporting investment and job creation by partnering with business is one
of the Ontario government's five key economic priorities. The others are:
- Investing in education and skills training
- Keeping taxes competitive
- Investing in infrastructure and
- Developing a modern economy through innovation.
"Here's a company making innovative products that save energy and help
our environment. There's huge potential for Ontario to be a leader in the
green economy and our government wants to do everything it can to help
companies like this succeed," said Minister of Economic Development and Trade
"While our production output is expected to triple, our total emissions
will be less than half of provincial limits. The expansion will help Roxul
grow its customer base across North America and is great news for our
employees and the local economy," said Roxul President Trent Ogilvie.
"On behalf of Council, I'd like to congratulate Roxul on their expansion
in Milton. As the fastest-growing community in Canada, we support the
expansion of companies into Milton's industrial/commercial family. This is a
win-win situation for the company expanding and the Milton community as a
whole," said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz (http://www.milton.ca/council/.htm).
- AMIS has supported a roster of innovative projects that will generate
almost $860 million in new investments and support the creation or
retention of almost 3,900 jobs over a five-year period.
- Once installed, the energy used to manufacture Roxul insulation is
recovered within three weeks of ordinary use. Insulation currently in
place in North American homes saves $74 billion annually in heating
and cooling costs and also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Roxul's Milton plant was able to cut its electricity consumption by
about 10 per cent through a range of efficiency measures including a
lighting retro-fit. The company also participates in Milton Hydro's
voluntary Transitional Demand Response Program
where Roxul scales back its energy usage during times of peak demand
for the local hydro grid.
- The process to make mineral wool insulation resembles the natural
action of a volcano. Recycled steel slag and natural volcanic rock is
melted under intense heat and spun into fibres. That material is then
cut and trimmed into finished insulation products
- Learn how a home energy audit (http://www.homeenergyontario.ca/) can
help save money and the environment.
- Find out more about Ontario programs
supporting the manufacturing sector.
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For further information:
For further information: Leigh-Ann Popek, Minister's Office, (416)
325-0362; Neil Trotter, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6716