Made in Welland Masthead
 October  2015


Welcome to our Made in Welland Fall Edition. We hope you had an amazing summer and were able to take part in a few events that happened in our wonderful city.  So many amazing things are happening in Welland for 2015, we have filled you in on a few below. 

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Lina DeChellis
City of Welland Economic Development Office   

Interest in Welland CIP Grants Higher than Anticipated

The commercial and residential properties at 14-28 Niagara St. in Welland are receiving city and region grants toward their revitalization. (Greg Furminger/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network)

Financial incentives for new business development and improvements in Welland are being so well-received that the city has had to reallocate funding that had been earmarked instead for development of former industrial lands.

City council has shuffled $25,000 from the municipality's Brownfield Incentives Fund, leaving $20,000 in that pot for 2015, to be able to make a total $100,000 available for the Downtown, King St. and Health and Wellness Cluster Incentive Fund - a collective of seven incentive programs.

City grants are matched by Niagara Region subject to meeting its Smarter Niagara Incentives Program.

Rain can't put out dragons' fire 

Area businesses felt the impact when more than 3,000 athletes from coast to coast called the banks of Welland's recreational canal home for three days.

The members of 147 dragon boat teams from Halifax to Vancouver stayed in area hotels and visited restaurants and other businesses while competing in the Canadian Dragon Boat Championships Friday to Sunday at Welland International Flatwater Centre, said Dragon Boat Canada executive director Chloe Greenhalgh.

Hydac Expansion means new Welland Jobs: City 

Hydac Canada, a hydraulic equipment manufacturer and supplier, is embarking on a $1.825-million expansion of its 14 Federal Rd. facilities in Welland. (Greg Furminger/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network)

A hydraulic equipment manufacturer and supplier is embarking on a nearly $2-million expansion that will create a handful of new jobs in Welland.

Hydac Canada, at 14 Federal Rd. facing Prince Charles Dr., has been awarded a Welland Niagara Gateway Economic Zone and Centre community improvement plan grant towards construction of its $1.825-million project.

Welland Development Commission Gives Back

The Welland Development Commission (WDC) recently presented St. Mary School Nutrition Program with a cheque for $725. The funds were raised during the commission's 17th annual golf tournament in June. Pictured from left Dan Degazio, WDC, Jim Watson, Susan Napper and Patsy Rocca, St. Mary School, Lina DeChellis and Councillor Jim Larouche, WDC.

The Welland Development Commission (WDC) recently presented United Way of South Niagara with a cheque for $2,000. The funds were raised during the commission's 17th annual golf tournament in June. Pictured from left Mike Melinyshyn and Dan Degazio, WDC, David D'Angelo, Rob Neill, Tamara Coleman-Lawrie and Deanna Pope, United Way of South Niagara.

New Gas Station and Store for Welland's King-Lincoln Intersection

A developer of the former King St. PetroCanada property at King and Lincoln Sts. in Welland is receiving municipal grants toward construction of a new covered gas station and convenience store. (Greg Furminger/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network)

Welland motorists who miss fuelling up on King St. should get revved up by this news.

A covered gas bar and convenience store will be built on the site of the former PetroCanada station.
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Dragons invade Welland Businesses 
Downtown Welland Business Improvement Area vice-chair Steve Canjar said businesses throughout the city were booming last week, when thousands of dragon boat racers visited the city, on Monday August 24, 2015 in Welland, Ont. Allan Benner/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network

Dragon boat racers were the clear winners when it came to supporting local shops.

Although local business owners said the canoe and kayak competitions held during the Pan Am Games in July had little direct impact on their bottom line, they were extremely busy during the past week when athletes from all over the world gathered by the thousands in Welland for the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships.


TSC Store Opening in Welland 
The new TSC store is set to open later this week in the Niagara St. building that once housed Canadian Tire. The building is pictured on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, in Welland, Ont. Maryanne Firth/Welland Tribune/Postmedia Network

Country is rolling into the Rose City.

After about two years of speculation, a Tractor Supply Co. (TSC) store is expected to open its doors in Welland later this week. The country-themed retailer has taken over the former Canadian Tire location on Niagara St.

"Our tentative opening date is the weekend of Aug. 7," marketing co-ordinator Maggy Calvert said in an e-mail to The Tribune Wednesday. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 11.

The 2,415-square-metre store will employ between 20 and 25 people, including TSC employees from other locations, as well as new hires brought on board during recent recruitment in Welland, Calvert said.

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Looking Forward to the World's Arrival

Chloe Greenhalgh
The influx of thousands of dragon boat racers from across Canada for the national dragon boat championships was only a taste of things to come in Welland.

For the first time ever, the World Dragon Boat Championships will take place in Canada Aug. 19 to 23, bringing about 5,000 athletes to the Rose City from all over the world, said Dragon Boat Canada executive director Chloe Greenhalgh.

And Canadian competitors are looking forward to having a home course advantage.

"Our athletes are really excited about the opportunity to race at home," Greenhalgh said. "We
have lots of supporters and family from across Canada that are coming to Welland to cheer their athletes on."

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