Ontario Puts Out Welcome Mat For HBPO in Windsor

    Auto Parts Supplier Opens New Facility, Creates 100 Highly Skilled Jobs

    WINDSOR, ON, June 15 /CNW/ - Economic Development and Trade Minister
Sandra Pupatello and Energy Minister Dwight Duncan rolled out the welcome mat
- literally - for HBPO today as the company opened its new production facility
in Windsor.
    "This is great news for Windsor and Ontario," said Pupatello. "HBPO's
investment is a huge vote of confidence in this province and our automotive
    HBPO North America is the world's only auto parts company to exclusively
specialize in design, development, assembly and logistics of integrated
front-end modules. Its new facility in Windsor is its first in Ontario. The
investment will create 100 highly skilled jobs.
    "We are very excited about our future here in Windsor," said Emmanuel
Boudon, President of HBPO. "This plant is our first in Canada. We knew that
Windsor had the right people and was the right place to make our business grow
and succeed. We have great aspirations for our company, and we're already
looking at expanding our presence in Windsor within the short term. I think we
can all celebrate the beginning of a great partnership here today."
    HBPO is a German joint-venture that combines the strengths of Hella, a
producer of car body electronics and headlamp and lighting technology; BEHR, a
producer of air conditioning and engine cooling systems; and Plastic Omnium
maker of plastics, crash management and pedestrian protection systems. The
innovative strengths of these companies combine to produce leading front-end
vehicle modules.
    "This investment demonstrates that our region is a great place to do
business," said Duncan, MPP Windsor-Tecumseh. "Ontario has taken the number
one spot in North American auto production, and our government has every
intention of seeing our industry hold that position."
    "We've been telling the world about the Windsor advantage. Our government
is really proud that companies are investing here because they know this is
the place to be for real competitive value," Pupatello said.
    This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results. Other examples include:
    -  Investing $15 million to support a joint venture between McMaster and
       Waterloo Universities to develop new technologies for producing
       lighter-weight vehicles
    -  Supporting the Biocar project at the University of Guelph
    -  Investing $6 million in the Ontario BioAuto Council to help move
       emerging technologies into the marketplace.

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Phil De Mont, Minister Pupatello's Office,
(416) 325-6706; Lisa Roberts, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8773

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