Made in Welland Masthead
 January 2015

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Lina DeChellis
City of Welland Economic Development Office   

Ontario Trillium Foundation Invests in Welland's Flatwater Centre with Dragon Boat Acquisition flatwater centre

The Welland Recreational Canal Corporation, in partnership with Dragon Boat Canada (DBC) and the South Niagara Canoe Club (SNCC), received funding to purchase dragon boats for permanent use at the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. The $123,800 grant provides the necessary base funding to acquire both large (20 person) and small (10 person) international standard dragon boats.

"I commend the hard work of the WRCC in obtaining Trillium funding for its investment in new Dragon Boats in cooperation with the South Niagara Canoe Club and Dragon Boat Canada. This is a welcome addition to the Flat Water Centre, a Pan Am Games Venue. Dragon Boat racing is growing in popularity and helping many groups in fundraising
efforts in our community," said Cindy Forster, Welland MPP.

The WIFC annually attracts multiple events, in multiple sports, to Welland's Recreational Waterway and Flatwater Centre. The thirty (30) additional dragon boats will present a key hosting asset in ensuring the success of the WIFC as well as the dragon boat events and position Welland well for attracting future events, broadening the WIFC's hosting capabilities.


Construction Underway for 'Lucky' 13th Long Term Care Facility
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Associate Minister of Health and Long Term Care Dipika Damerla digs in with a shovel, breaking ground for the new Royal Rose Place long term care home, with, from left, Sharon and Dave Jarlette, Mayor Barry Sharpe, and Jarlette Health Services new chief operating officer Julia King. ALLAN BENNER Tribune Staff

David Jarlette laughed as he recalled the trepidation the number 13 initially caused in his company's Penetanguishene office.

But in this case: "13 is a lucky number," the president of Jarlette Health Services added.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday to officially start the construction of the new Royal Rose Place - the 13th long term care home owned by the company in communities across Ontario.

The project, however, didn't start out to be very lucky.

Welland Bottle Manufacturer Means Business
Welland Bottle Manufacturer
Trivium Industries president David D'Angelo displays a variety of eco-friendly bottles produced at the Prince Charles Dr. plant in Welland. (MARYANNE FIRTH/Tribune Staff)

There's something corny about a new manufacturing business that has set up shop in Welland.

With the environment and serving small businesses in mind, Trivium Industries is determined to lead the way in the innovative bioplastics market.

At its Prince Charles Dr. plant, the company produces 100% organic, compostable and biodegradable bottles and containers made from plants and corn.

"Our niche is that everything we do is eco-friendly," Trivium president David D'Angelo said while touring the Welland facility.

"We're a small company that's just getting established," he said, while adding if the projected growth is any indication, the business won't stay small for long.


Niagara College Gets $4.2 Million for Innovation Centre Expansion
Innovation Centre Expansion
An artist's rendering of the $4.2-million expansion planned for the Niagara College Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at its Welland campus. (Supplied illustration)
Niagara College's research and innovation centre is about to get even more innovative. The school was given a $4.2-million grant from the provincial government Wednesday to build a 1,350-square-metre (15,000-square-foot) expansion at its Rankin Technology Centre in Welland.

The new space will be a permanent facility for the school's advanced manufacturing innovation centre, which provides research and development for Niagara businesses that may not otherwise be able to access it.

"The nature of advance manufacturing requires we have state-of-the-art facilities with high-tech equipment that local small- and medium-sized enterprises can access," said the school's president, Dan Patterson.

Prince Charles Medical Centre Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting 

The Prince Charles Medical Centre held their much anticipated Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting in front of many distinguished guests and tenants of their new clinic located at 555 Prince Charles Drive in Welland.

The facility, being the former Canadian Tire Financial Services (CTFS) building was donated by CTFS to City of Welland in December 2011.

A partnership between the City of Welland, McMaster University and CMD Healthcare Management was formed to address the shortage of doctors in Niagara area.


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In This Issue
Trillium Foundation Invests in Flatwater Centre
13th Long Term Care Facility in Welland
Welland Bottle Manufacturer Means Business
$4.2 Million Niagara College Innovation Centre Expansion
Prince Charles Medical Centre Grand Opening
Welland a Hotbed for Sports Management Talent
Food Processing Plant Rising in Welland
How Did Welland Become a HotBed for Sports Management Talent?
Star Photo -Welland women
Five of the most powerful women in sports hail from the small Niagara city of Welland. From left: Susan Kitchen (Coaches Association), Michele O'Keefe (Canada Basketball), Stacey Allaster (WTA), Sandra Gage (FIFA Women's World Cup), and Kelly Murumets (Tennis Canada.)


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Food Processing Plant Rising
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The groundwork has started for the development of a multi-million-dollar food processing plant along Hwy. 140 in Welland. The 6.4-hectare site was bought from the city for $650,000. The unnamed food company has plans to initially hire 75 people, the city's

economic development officer says. (MARYANNE FIRTH/Tribune Staff)


Details are starting to emerge about a multimillion-dollar food processing plant being built on

Welland's rural east side - the largest industrial development in the Rose City in years, and
one that was poised to rise far south of the border.

Welland economic development officer Dan Degazio said a "very progressive company"
purchased a fully-serviced 6.4-hectare site in the city-owned Enterprise Industrial Park for

Citing commercial confi-dentiality clause, he said the company will remain unnamed for now, but confirmed it will employ 75 people to start. He said the plant off Hwy. 140 could possibly open in early May, and that the hiring process will commence soon after Christmas in order to put
workers through a six-week training program.


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