GROWTH FOR NIAGARA INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION, MANUFACTURING BUSINESS
Nov. 6, 2014 – It was a year of growth for both the Niagara Industrial Association (NIA) and Niagara's manufacturing industry in 2014.
More than 30 manufacturers in Niagara grew over the course of the year. Meanwhile, the NIA celebrated a milestone of its own as its membership swelled dramatically, surging past the 200-member mark.
Those were the positive signs of growth revealed to NIA members and delegates at Thursday's second annual Niagara Manufacturers Luncheon at the Riverstone Event Centre in Welland.
“This growth was universal in all municipalities and in all types of manufacturing,” said NIA board of directors chairman Roy Timms.
The manufacturers that grew either expanded their business, updated or added new employees. Companies grew in Welland, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, West Lincoln and Thorold.
The luncheon, which brought together manufacturing and industry leaders from across Niagara, featured a series of "good news" presentations from several local companies, including Dilts Hydraulics, Deloitte, Airbus Helicopters, Hamill Manufacturing, and Horizon Utilities, highlighting growth stories and new successes.
As an example of the good news for Niagara manufacturers presented during the event, Neil Freeman, vice-president of business development for Horizon Utilities outlined the power company's efforts to help it's Niagara businesses rein in the costs of hydro. The company has established a property database to help businesses identify sites with low start-up costs, and established an award-winning factory re-connection policy for in-fill developments that could save hundreds of thousands of dollars for manufacturers moving into the city.
Companies that grew include Powerblades, Welded Tube, Welland Forge, Global Architectural, Quality Belt Maintenance and a new food processor in Welland; JTL Machine, Oskam Steel, On the Road Machinery, Ingredion, Jungbunslauer and Canal Block in Port Colborne; Airbus, Ferguson Neudorff, Fleet and Pen Plastics in Fort Erie; Kaupp Electric, Triangle Tool and Die, Peninsula Foods, Trenergy and new ownership at the Port Weller Drydocks in St. Catharines; and Cytec, Can Eng and Laurcoat in Niagara Falls.
The NIA is the leading voice and advocate for Niagara's manufacturing sector, committed to influencing government policy, pursuing business development opportunities, providing members with key information, building partnerships and leveraging existing services to support industrial development.
Chair, Niagara Industrial Association