McGuinty Government Announces $5.5 Million Investment to Ferrero Canada Creating 100 Jobs in Brantford



    Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy Boosts Innovation At Ferrero
    Canada

    BRANTFORD, ON, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - The McGuinty Government is investing
$5.5 million in Ontario's first Confectionary Centre of Excellence at Ferrero
Canada, announced Dave Levac, MPP Brant, today on behalf of Minister of
Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello.
    "This is a major win for our community," said Levac. "Not only is this
investment creating 100 good jobs, Ferrero has identified this plant as the
best place to introduce new processes and new products. It is helping our
community build its reputation as a leading centre for advanced
manufacturing."
    Ferrero Canada's $55 million investment includes creating a Confectionary
Centre of Excellence by expanding its production capacity and investing in
leading technologies and processes. The project makes Ferrero's Brantford
plant the first in North America to be able to commercially manufacture
sugar-free and fructose sweetened Tic Tacs. The project will also increase
capacity of the Rocher line of chocolates and introduce new automated
packaging and pallet technologies.
    "Our government is helping Ontario companies take a leading position by
being first to create and market new products and innovations," said
Pupatello. "Ferrero is creating 100 new jobs in this community and we can all
be proud Ontario was selected as the best place for Ferrero to expand its
production lines and invest in new manufacturing processes that are unique in
North America."
    The Ferrero Canada investment is provided under the Ontario government's
Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy (AMIS). The $500-million strategy
provides repayable loans, interest free for up to five years, to support
investments in technology and innovation. The innovative projects supported by
this strategy will generate more than $500 million in new investment and
support the creation or retention of more than 3,500 jobs.
    "We are proud to be expanding our operations and the Ferrero product line
at our Ontario facility," said Franco Veglio, CEO of Ferrero Canada Ltd. "We
knew that Brantford was the right place with the right people to take our
processes to the next level and introduce new technologies in confectionary
manufacturing."
    The government is now accepting proposals for AMIS round four, with a
submission deadline of August 30, 2007. For eligibility requirements and an
application package visit www.ontariocanada.com (click on the "Programs and
Services" link).
    AMIS is part of the government's overall strategy for jobs and prosperity
that includes investments in infrastructure, postsecondary education, stable
energy supply, research and innovation and key economic sectors.
    This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results for the economy. Other job creation 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 auto strategy that has leveraged more than $7 billion in
        new investments and anchored thousands of high-value jobs
    -   Building east-west partnerships to help Ontario manufacturers tap
        into opportunities flowing from Alberta's oil sands, which are
        expected to generate projects worth more than $100 billion by 2020
    -   Aggressive action to boost international trade and investment,
        including business missions to China and India/Pakistan and expanding
        Ontario's roster of international marketing centres to 10.

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    Backgrounder
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              INNOVATION KEY TO FUTURE OF ONTARIO MANUFACTURING
    

    Ontario's manufacturing sector

    Manufacturing underpins the provincial economy and employs about one
million people, representing some 16 per cent of Ontario's total employment.
In fact, among North American jurisdictions, Ontario is the second largest
employer in the manufacturing sector - only California has more manufacturing
employees. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters estimate that every $1 of
manufacturing output generates $3 in total economic activity.
    Domestic manufacturers face challenges stemming from a global industry
restructuring and increased competition from low-cost jurisdictions such as
China and India. Investments in research and development, advanced technology
and innovation are considered essential for Ontario manufacturers to compete
in this environment and secure the sector's long-term prosperity.

    Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy

    The Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy was launched in December
2005 to encourage companies to invest in leading-edge technologies and
processes that will increase productivity and competitiveness. The
$500 million strategy stimulates private sector investment by offering loans,
which are interest-free for up to five years, covering up to 10 per cent of
eligible project costs, to a maximum of $10 million per project.
    As part of the 2007 Ontario Budget, Finance Minister Greg Sorbara
announced reduced project thresholds of either 100 jobs created/retained or
$25 million invested to enable even more companies to benefit from the
program. The program is open to all manufacturing sectors and focuses on
innovation, use of advanced technology or materials, research and development,
waste reduction and energy conservation.
    The government is now accepting proposals for AMIS round four, with a
submission deadline of August 30, 2007. For eligibility requirements and an
application package visit www.ontariocanada.com (click on the "Programs and
Services" link).
    The projects announced so far under the strategy will generate more than
$500 million in new investment and support the creation or retention of more
than 3,500 jobs, over a five-year period.

    
    AMIS projects include:

    -   Ferrero Canada Ltd, Brantford (August 21, 2007) - Creating a
        Confectionary Centre of Excellence by expanding its production
        capacity and investing in leading technologies and processes new to
        North America. A loan of $5.5 million supports a total project
        investment of $55 million.

    -   Toyotetsu Canada Inc., Simcoe (August 7, 2007) - Construction of a
        new assembly plant to stamp, weld and assemble automotive parts for
        Toyota Motor Manufacturing plants in Cambridge and Woodstock. A loan
        of $7.15 million supports a total project investment of
        $71.5 million.

    -   Skyjack Inc., Guelph (May 14, 2007) - Creation of a Centre of
        Excellence to facilitate industrial research and development,
        prototyping, testing and commercialization of new aerial work
        platforms and materials handling equipment. A loan of $2.48 million
        supports a total project investment of $24.79 million.

    -   Roxul Inc., Milton (March 15, 2007) - Plant expansion and development
        of new commercial, industrial and residential insulation products
        that use recycled scrap material from the steel and construction
        industries. A loan of $10 million supports a total project investment
        of $103.7 million.

    -   Koolatron Corporation, Brantford (March 7, 2007) - Development of new
        products, including a large mobile cooler and cordless mosquito trap,
        using energy-efficient thermoelectric power. A loan of $2.34 million
        supports a total investment of $23.4 million.

    -   Flakeboard Company, Sault Ste. Marie (March 1, 2007) - Development of
        new manufacturing processes and commercial applications for wood-
        alternative materials used in kitchen cabinets and furniture. A loan
        of $1.6 million supports a total investment of $16.0 million.

    -   FAG Aerospace Inc., Stratford (February 20, 2007) - Research and
        development into improving the manufacture of precision bearings for
        the aerospace industry. A loan of $1.78 million supports a total
        investment of $17.8 million.

    -   Diamond Aircraft Industries, London (June 23, 2006) - Development of
        a single-engine, five-seat jet aircraft. A loan of $10 million
        supports a total investment of $106.4 million.

    -   Procter & Gamble Inc., Brockville (June 23, 2006) - Development of a
        new generation of quick-cleaning homecare products. A loan of
        $3 million supports a total investment of $30 million.

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For further information:

For further information: Valérie Poulin, Minister Pupatello's Office,
(416) 325-6907; Neil Trotter, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6716

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