Ontario Welcomes $100 Million Manufacturing Investment
Siltech Corporation expansion will create good-paying jobs in Fort Erie
July 18, 2023
Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
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FORT ERIE — The Ontario government is welcoming a $100 million investment by Siltech Corporation, an Ontario manufacturer of specialty silicone used in the personal care, automotive, agriculture, pulp and paper, and oil and gas industries. The investment, to build a new manufacturing facility in Fort Erie, will create 51 good-paying jobs.
“As we continue to grow the manufacturing sector in our province, we’re thrilled to see Ontario companies like Siltech invest in their expansion,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “We’re creating the conditions for long-term economic growth that will create more good jobs and opportunities for workers and businesses across the province. Congratulations, Siltech, on this exciting project, and thank you for choosing Ontario and contributing to our province’s dynamic and growing manufacturing sector.”
Siltech Corporation’s $100 million investment will be used to build a new 210,000 square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fort Erie — the company’s third facility in the province. The facility will include new state-of-the-art technology to increase production and help the company meet growing demand and expand to new markets around the world. As part of this investment to expand operations, the government is providing $5 million in funding through the Regional Development Program’s Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.
“Siltech is excited to be building in Fort Erie,” said Dag Enhorning, President of Siltech. “We are a proud Canadian company and look forward to many years of growth in this community.”
Ontario is investing $140 million through its Regional Development Program to support distinct regional priorities and challenges. To date, Ontario has provided more than $95 million to support 88 projects through the program, leveraging more than $990 million in new investments and helping to create close to 2,000 jobs in the province.
- The government launched the Regional Development Program for Eastern and Southwestern Ontario in November 2019. Businesses and municipalities can get financial support and guided access to a range of complementary services and supports.
- In 2022, the government launched the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness stream of the Regional Development Program. It supports Ontario advanced manufacturers to invest in the equipment, advanced technologies and the skilled workforce needed to improve competitiveness and growth, and to create and retain jobs across the province. The next round of applications for the stream opens on July 20, 2023.
- As part of the 2023 Ontario Budget, the government introduced the Ontario Made Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit, which will provide a 10 per cent refundable Corporate Income Tax credit to help local manufacturers lower their costs, invest in workers, innovate and become more competitive.
“Our government is building a strong Niagara and strengthening our local economy by supporting key investments in communities like Fort Erie. The local strategic investment by Siltech Corporation will grow manufacturing and create more good-paying jobs for workers and families right across Niagara.”
– Sam Oosterhoff
MPP for Niagara West
“Congratulations to Siltech Corporation on this exciting project and for recognizing the immense potential that Fort Erie offers to businesses. On behalf of Town Council, I extend our gratitude for their commitment to the continued economic growth of Fort Erie, Niagara, and Ontario. This remarkable $100 million investment here in Fort Erie, with the support of the Province, Region, and municipality, will create much-needed employment opportunities and is a testament to Siltech’s unwavering confidence in our vibrant community. By choosing Fort Erie, Siltech becomes an integral part of our thriving manufacturing landscape, paving the way for further growth and prosperity. This investment sets a shining example for others and reinforces the bright future that lies ahead for our community.”
– Wayne H. Redekop
Mayor of the Town of Fort Erie
“Siltech is a highly valued and welcome addition to Fort Erie’s established and diversified manufacturing sector. We would like to graciously thank Siltech for their investment and commitment to the Fort Erie community.”
– Caralee Grummett
Manager of Economic Development and Tourism Services, Town of Fort Erie
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