Grants support local business expansions
Dave Miedema was pleased to learn recently that Townsend Butchers of Simcoe has been approved for a $377,000 grant from the province’s Southwestern Ontario Development Fund. The grant will support a $3.4-million expansion of Townsend Butchers on Townsend Concession Road 14 northeast of Simcoe. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER
The Wynne government has reached into the provincial treasury to boost a pair of local businesses and their expansion plans.
Toyotetsu will receive $1.18 million in funding for a $28.2 million expansion of its parts manufacturing facility on Park Road in Simcoe.
For its part, Townsend Butchers will receive $377,000 toward a $3.4 million expansion of its packing facility on Townsend Road 14 northeast of town.
The support has been drawn from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.
“Ontario is partnering with these companies in Simcoe to help create good jobs and boost the local economy in Norfolk County,” Jeff Leal, the minister responsible for small business in the Wynne cabinet, said Monday in a news release. “These investments are helping these businesses grow and succeed by expanding their operations and adopting new technologies – key priorities of the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.”
Norfolk council approved a zoning change in late January that clears the way for a 4,500-square-foot expansion at Townsend Butchers.
Townsend Butchers has developed a specialty in wiener production and needs additional room for its smoking division. Space for a new foundation to accommodate the expansion has been dug on the west side of the property.
The expansion at Townsend Butchers will create 10 new jobs to go along with the 14 already in place. The expansion is slated for completion sometime in 2020.
The Ontario government’s support of Toyotetsu is related to the addition of a 3,000-ton stamping machine and a 1,000-ton stamping machine. The new capacity will be in place sometime next year.
Toyotetsu is ramping up production of parts for Toyota’s popular RAV4 SUV. The additional stamping stations will add another 100 jobs to the production lines in Simcoe. The Simcoe plant already employs 700 workers full-time.
The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is accepting applications from qualified businesses that are growing and creating jobs. Eligible sectors include advanced manufacturing, food processing, life sciences, information and communications technology, tourism and cultural industries.