Made in Welland Masthead
 June 2014

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Lina DeChellis
City of Welland Economic Development Office   

Ontario's Industrial Electricity Incentive (IEI) program has made it possible for ASW Steel Inc. to expand its operations and create 45 new jobs.

Ontario's strong supply of electricity and the IEI program together support the expansion of industrial companies. The IEI program allows Ontario to better manage its electricity system by encouraging industrial companies to maximize the use of available electricity supply. The program spurs industrial growth and production by offering a lower price for additional electricity they use.

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Canoe polo, a full-contact sport that features a basketball-like net with all the thrills and spills of lacrosse on water, is coming to Welland - along with upwards of 3,500 visitors and their tourist dollars.

Welland Recreational Canal Corp. (WRCC), which overcame a strong bid from Australia to host the 2018 world canoe polo championships, estimates that nearly 70% of the people attending the five-day competition will be coming from abroad.

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No end to training

Flatwater sports organizations hope the new nearly $500,000 multi-sport indoor training flume will help them achieve one common goal - Olympic gold.

The new training facility was unveiled Wednesday at the Welland International Flatwater Centre, allowing athletes to hone their skills year-round.

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Lead researcher Costa Aza, of Niagara Research, holds an auger bit created on a 3D printer at the Niagara College Welland campus. The research and innovation arm of the college has been busy assisting local manufacturers in developing prototypes, solving production issues and improving processes. (MARYANNE FIRTH/Tribune Staff)

Niagara College is eager to give local manufacturers a boost.

The school has the equipment, the skill and on Monday worked to enhance its community connections to help bring jobs to the region.

Members of the Welland Development Commission were invited to the local campus for a tour of the Rankin Technology Centre and a brief showcase of the work being done on site in advanced manufacturing.

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Standing between two 54-metre long wind turbine blades manufactured at PowerBlades Industries Inc., plant manager Dan Dragoman talks to Welland Hydro-Electric System Corp. chief executive officer Ross Peever about energy conservation technology being used at the Welland plant. (ALLAN BENNER Tribune Staff)

As a green energy manufacturing company, PowerBlades Industries Inc. is itself trying to be as green as possible while manufacturing huge wind turbine blades.

"We try to be as green as we can and we have plans of becoming even greener," said Dan Dragoman, manager of the year-old company on Rusholme Rd.

As part of the company's more than $4-million renovation of the 330,000 square foot factory that was previously home to a compost manufacturing company, about 300 high pressure sodium
light fixtures were replaced with high efficiency fluorescent lights.

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Gerald Gervais recently opened My Alibi Bistro at 91 East Main St. in Welland. (MARYANNE FIRTH/Tribune Staff)

Order in the court. Order in the court.

You don't have to be a lawyer to enjoy this trial - you just have to be a diner at My Alibi Bistro.

The restaurant opened at 91 East Main St. last week with a theme that plays off its proximity to the Welland courthouse.

Pre-trials, jury selections, trials and acquittals are among the courses offered by the establishment, which specializes in French and Mediterranean cuisine.

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In This Issue
Ontario Supporting Industrial Expansion in Niagara
2018 World Canoe Polo Championships
No End To Training
Niagara Research Manufacturing Jobs
Green Industry Getting Greener
Evidence of a New Downtown
Power to the People
New Business Has Got You Covered
Canadian Tire to Add 200+ Jobs
We Have All This Good Stuff
Power to the people 
EnerDynamic Hybrid Technolgies Inc. vice president Tom Bryson, left, and president John Gamble say demand for the new Enerpole they're standing beside will mean about 30 new jobs at the Welland company. ALLAN BENNER Tribune Staff
 At least 30 new jobs are expected to be added at EnerDynamic Hybrid Technolgies Inc (formerly OSM Solar) to meet the demand for a new product unveiled Monday."This is the first solar/wind hybrid," said EnerDynamic president John Gamble as a prototype of the Enerpole was installed at company's Hansler Rd. manufacturing plant.


The technology merges wind turbines with solar panels mounted on a 14.5-metre pole, producing enough electricity to power about 10 homes, or an entire village in remote areas of the world.


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New Business Has Got You Covered  
ElCargo Fabrication Inc., a Quebec-based manufacturer of mechanical tarp systems, opened a Welland branch on Buchner Rd. April 1. (MARYANNE FIRTH/ Tribune Staff)

ElCargo Fabrication Inc. has taken cover in Welland.


The Quebec-based manufacturer of mechanical tarp systems has chosen the Rose City as home for its Ontario expansion.


The company, which designs and installs products for trailers and dump trucks, had originally been looking to open a new branch in the Toronto area.


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Canadian Tire Financial Services' call centre at 10000 East Main St. in Welland. (GREG FURMINGER/Tribune Staff)

Canadian Tire Financial Services is hiring at least 200 employees at its St. Catharines and Welland call centres.

The numbers add to the more than 200 hires already made last year, with its regional call centre employment numbers poised to top 1,000. The positions are for full-time and part-time "customer-service oriented" candidates who are English-French bilingual or unilingual English speaking.

It's not known yet how many jobs will be based at either Welland's East Main St. site or the St. Catharines centre on Bunting Rd.

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SLM Recycling president Stewart Lehmann discusses why he located his business in Welland during an economic development office event, Wednesday. (ALLAN BENNER Tribune Staff)

SLM Recycling president Stewart Lehmann said he chose Welland for his scrap metal recycling business because its location offered an advantage over the competition.

"Our location is the single-greatest strategic advantage that we have," said Lehmann, a native of Orillia.

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