Made in Welland Masthead
 April  2015


Welcome to our Made in Welland Spring Edition. We hope you are looking forward to warm weather as much as we are.  So many amazing things are happening in Welland for 2015, we have filled you in on a few below. 

While we hope you enjoy the information we share with you, we are also asking if you could please click here to confirm you would like to receive our quarterly news.

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


Lina DeChellis
City of Welland Economic Development Office   

tax break to unknown company
A new food processing plant, under construction in Welland, will receive more than $2-million in tax breaks through the new Tax Increment Based Grant Program. (GREG FURMINGER Tribune Staff)

A yet-unnamed food processing plant under construction in Welland will be the first business in Niagara to benefit from a new incentive program, receiving more than $2-million in tax breaks over the next decade.
   At Tuesday's meeting, city council unanimously approved the company's application for the Niagara Gateway Economic Zone and community improvement plan incentives worth $2,188,483, plus a $940 reimbursement of a planning application fee.
   But councillors felt it was a good investment considering that the new company is investing $23.7-million building a 8,473 square metre facility at 316 Enterprise Dr., with plans to hire at least 55 full time employees to work there.

Read Full Story...

nc Take Off Launch
Business people, educators and community leaders gather for Niagara College's Wednesday launch of ncTakeOff, an initiative to expand the school's entrepreneurship activities across all its programs. The province is contributing $200,000 to ncTakeOff over two years. Networking, as is evidenced here at The Core centre at the Welland campus, is part of the initiative. (GREG FURMINGER/Tribune Staff)
Niagara College students who want to be their own boss some day will be getting extra help in accomplishing that.

    At its Welland campus Wednesday, the college launched ncTakeOff - an initiative to expand entrepreneurship activities across all of its programs, both on campus and in the community.
   The entrepreneurship hub will boost student access to experts, mentors, events and networking opportunities.

Read Full Story...

After more than a year of work and more than $1 million in upgrades, Leda and Tom Laborie are readying to open Taris on the Water on Friday, March 6. The couple are pictured in the restaurant on Friday February 27, 2015 in Welland, Ont. Maryanne Firth/Welland Tribune/QMI Agency

It may not be a view of the Seine, but Tom and Leda Laborie believe it's just as beautiful.
  Otherwise, the Pickering couple would not have invested more than $1 million to bring to life their vision for an eatery on the Welland Recreational Canal.
  After more than a year of working to transform the space beside Main Street Bridge, that dream will become reality Friday when Taris on the Water opens its doors.

Read Full Story...

New French Public School To Be Built in Welland

Conseil scolaire Viamonde trustee Derrick Fournier announces construction of a new Welland school on Friday, March 27, 2015. The school will replace Confederation secondary and Champlain elementary schools. Maryanne Firth/Welland Tribune/QMI Agency

What do you get when you cross a Jaguar with a Shark? 

   The answer will be revealed within the next three years as their habitats are combined in Welland.
Conseil scolaire Viamonde announced Friday that Confederation secondary school and Champlain elementary school will merge together in a new facility to be built in the coming years.
   The Ministry of Education has awarded the French public board nearly $11 million to construct a new school to house both the Jaguars and the Sharks.
   The facility, for students in junior kindergarten to Grade 12, will be built on the existing Confederation grounds on Tanguay Ave. in Welland.
   Construction will take place beside the existing school, which will remain open while the build takes place. The aging building will be demolished when the project is complete.
   "For our students and the community, this is an opportunity to have a new school that will meet the needs of the area," said board trustee Derrick Fournier, a Confederation graduate.
   The high school, built in 1966, and elementary school, built in 1954, are two of the oldest facilities owned by the board. Champlain, on Afton Ave., was converted to a French-language school in 1981.
   Now that the funding announcement has been made, the next step is to begin planning and creating the detailed design for the facility, said Claire Fournier, the board's director of communications.
   A date has not yet been set for construction to begin, as it will vary depending on the coming planning process, she added.
   It is expected to take 14 to 16 months to build the school, with an opening anticipated in the next two to three years.
   The new school will house 350 students, but will be built to easily accommodate expansions if needed. Confederation and Champlain have a current combined enrolment of about 250 students.
   "It will be state of the art," Francoeur said of the new building, which will be constructed with environmental efficiencies in mind.
   This is the second school in the board that will have combined high school and elementary school students. Welland's new facility will be loosely modelled after the existing school in Pickering, but designed specifically to meet local needs, Francoeur said.
   "It has been successful and very well received by the community," Fournier said of ecole Ronald-Marion, which is in its second year of operation.
   While the two groups of students will be under one roof, elementary and high school grades will be housed in different wings of the building, Fournier said.
   "They'll be separated, but will benefit from the use of each other's facilities." There will be opportunities moving forward, he said, for students, staff and the public to provide input on the project.
   "For the francophone community, it's something that's very needed and deserved," Confederation principal Benoit Dussault said of the new facility.
   "We've been waiting for this news for a few months and we're thrilled," he said, while adding the school will "bring new energy to the community."
   Students from both schools came together in the Confederation auditorium for the announcement Friday and were later treated to special performance by French-Canadian pop group Raffy.
Canal lights
In This Issue
Welland Diapers Dazzle Parents
bella bum diapers
Ella Bella Bum owner Sam Campbell has watched her online cloth diaper business, based in Welland, grow rapidly since its inception. (MARYANNE FIRTH/Tribune Staff)

This business started from the bottom.

  And owner Sam Campbell couldn't be more proud.

  After moving to Welland, the Winnipeg native started Ella Bella Bum in the basement of her home in January 2013.

  The cloth diaper business has been growing rapidly ever since.

  One year later, the com-pany moved to the business centre at 76 Division St., where it first occupied one ground unit, then two.

Read Full Story...


Eventful 2015 on Welland's Recreational Waterway 



WELLAND, ON - The 2015 season will see more than twenty (20) events hosted on Welland's Recreational Waterway. The flatwater sport season will consist of a wide range of events taking place on the North and South Courses of the Welland International Flatwater Centre, along the Waterway, as well as the PenFinancial Credit Union Flatwater Community Centre.


From community-based initiatives, to training sessions, to hard fought competitions and championships, the activities around the Welland International Flatwater Centre will continue to be a catalyst for economic benefit to local businesses and broader community engagement. More than 14,000 athletes are expected to visit Welland and race on Welland's Waterway in 2015.


Read Full Story...

Atlantic Biodiesel assumes control of Welland plant
Great Lakes Biodiesel in Welland is now owned by Atlantic Biodiesel, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Heridge SARL. (GREG FURMINGER/Tribune Staff)

A multimillion-dollar biodiesel plant in Welland now has officially switched hands.
   Atlantic Biodiesel announced this week that it has received full and final approval to immediately begin managerial operations of the $50-million former Great Lakes Biodesel facility in Dain City.
   Atlantic Biodiesel is a new subsidiary of Luxembourg-based Heridge SARL
, which won GLB's assets in a recent bankruptcy auction.

   Michael Paszti has assumed the role of chief operating officer of the subsidiary struck to operate 

the Welland plant.

Read Full Story...

Made in Welland
About Us
City of Welland Economic
Development Office

60 East Main St.
Welland, Ontario
L3B 3X4


Enterprise Centre