Made in Welland Masthead
 July 2013


Welcome to our Made in Welland Summer Edition. We are excited to share the following articles on growth in Welland in this issue. We have also just released our Made in Welland Magazine, the cover image and link is at the bottom of this email for your perusal.

As always, please feel free to send us your comments and suggestions.


Lina DeChellis
City of Welland Economic Development Office 

Dan Patterson
Niagara College president Dan Patterson announces Niagara College student satisfactory results in the learning commons at Niagara College's Welland campus Wednesday. This is the college's eighth year as No.1 in student satisfaction in Ontario. (Tribune photo).

Niagara College on top for eighth consecutive year 

WELLAND - This is one school that's going to be difficult for its Ontario
peers to knock off a pedestal.

"The sun is shining on Niagara College," said its president, Dan Patterson, to an enthusiastic crowd of students and faculty gathered at the Welland campus's learning commons Wednesday morning.

200 jobs: Turbine blade manufacturer setting up shop in Welland

WELLAND - As many as 200 jobs will be coming to Welland after a wind turbine blade manufacturing plant opens as early as July.
"Yes, we're coming to town," said Helmut Herold, chief executive officer of Hamburg, Germany - based REpower Systems, during a Tuesday news conference at Welland Civic Square.

Walker Environmental and Niagara Resource Service for Youth Team Up to Launch new Social Enterprise Project  

 Representatives from The RAFT and Walker Environmental Group met at WEG's Atlas Landfill in Welland, ON May 10th to pilot their new project - the production of sediment logs. From left to right: Mark Wortel, Ron Dubciak (The RAFT), Mike Lethby (The RAFT), Chris Jepson (WEG), Darren Fry (WEG), Dryden Berketo, Jake Barrett and Norman Kreger (The RAFT).

Welland ON (June 27, 2013) - Walker Environmental Group's Atlas landfill in Welland Ontario is the site of a new social enterprise pilot project with the Niagara Resource Service for Youth (the RAFT).  

The pilot project that includes teens manufacturing and installing new sediment logs to replace silt fencing found on construction sites also has the teens growing corn on vacant industrial land donated by the City of Welland at Ross Street.  The urban farming will provide material for the sediment logs and provide education and training for young people all while remediating vacant industrial land.  

"This project will offer our young people authentic work experience and the know-how to do urban farming", commented Michael Lethby RAFT's executive director.   "It will also create a real product that the RAFT can sell to produce reliable revenue to deliver our programs."  

The RAFT came to WEG looking for a private partner to help them launch the new "Social Enterprise".  Social Enterprise is a relatively new concept where businesses operated by non-profits function with the dual purpose of generating income by selling a product in the marketplace while creating a social value. 

WEG has long been a leader in developing new business within the green sector and RAFT is known for its innovative social programming with youth. It didn't take long to develop a concept once Darren Fry, a Business Manager at WEG, joined the project.  

"Silt fencing is a temporary sediment control measure used on construction sites to protect water quality and prevent sediments from migrating offsite in stormwater runoff," said Fry. "The WEG Atlas Landfill Remediation Project is located adjacent the Welland River and these control devices are used extensively to protect our water resources."     

The RAFT is currently testing compost, mulch and straw, donated by WEG, as additional media for the sediment logs. The plan, if the pilot is successful, would be to grow either corn or straw on vacant industrial land and use it for the sediment logs. This would help drive the sediment log business and help improve the aesthetics of the vacant land for nearby communities.  

The project has also received funding from the Niagara Prosperity Initiative and the Trillium Foundation.  WEG is acting as advisors to the project and will cover most of the project costs. 

WEG RAFT Ross Street
The RAFT group met on May 30th to begin planting crops not only to help drive the sediment log business, but also provide some remediation and aesthetics to the nearby communities. From left to right: Mark Wortel, Dryden Berketo, Chris Jepson (WEG), Norman Kreger (The RAFT), Mark Werner.


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In This Issue
Niagara College on Top
200 Jobs for Welland
Youth Team Up to Launch New Social Enterprise
Our Made in Welland Magazine
Welland's Future
Blue Jays CEO proud of Welland roots
Timbro rated 24th
Downtown Business Improvement Area chairwoman Dolorese Bujold Wright, talks to a gathering of invited guests at the city's fourth annual Made in Welland economic development event, held at the Welland Galleria, Wednesday.

Speakers look at Welland's future
WELLAND - Don't slam the city in front of Dolorese Bujold Wright.

It could be dangerous.
"We have to stop the naysaying," Bujold Wright said.  "I don't want to hear another negative word, because I'm going to get very violent against that person."
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Blue Jays CEO proud of Welland roots
Jays CEO
Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston - a native Wellander - pictured in Dunedin, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2013. (FRED THORNHILL Reuters)
TORONTO - Everything about Paul Beeston's international reputation and impressive resume screams big league.

He's a member of the Order of Canada who's won two World Series championships with the Toronto Blue Jays, the first-ever president of Major League Baseball and, here's a bit of trivia, a Grey Cup winner in each of his only two seasons at the helm of the Toronto Argonauts.


Timbro rated 24th in Metal Construction News Top 100 Metal Builders for North America

WELLAND - It's not a surprise to most of the industrial community that Timbro Design Build Contractors (Timbro) rated 24th in Metal Construction News Top 100 Metal Builders for North America (Ranked by Tonnage). Timbro is a local design build company that is rich in history and legacy. Timbro was in the process of being established long before Roy and his brother founded the company in 1974, and many years before either brother came into the world.   

The Timms brothers came from a long line of Movers-and-shakers in the construction world. Their Mother's family started a construction road paving business back in the 1900's, which was around the time the Timms family emigrated from England to Welland and started in building construction. Four generations later and Timbro is a leader in construction, design, and refrigeration.  

Roy Timms, President of Timbro knows success does not come by luck, but comes by way of integrity and a hard working family. "This construction family has lasted more than four generations because we love this business and have an enormous amount of respect for our staff and our community," Timms said. "The steel from Timbro is erected by Niagara people. Most of whom are Wellanders," he added.  

Although the construction industry had a lull over the past few years, Timbro's 2012 metal increase, which achieved 1,464 tonnes, showed an impressive change from 2011, which produced 266 tonnes of metal. That eye-brow-raising difference is what gained Timbro the attention and rank of a leading trade publication. The company's mandate is not to merely create, build, and profit; but to have a philosophy that benefits the industry and the community. "It's rare for a Canadian Company to make the top 25 list for erected Metal buildings," Timms said.  

Roy Timms also hosts seminars on designing and building, which shares his wealth of knowledge from four generations of contracting to other industry leaders. Over the past 39 years, Timbro has paved a path to success, sustainable development, and industrial legacy. Timbro is made in Welland.
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