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Web posted on December 21, 2017

Ontario is partnering with Atwood Heritage Processing Inc., C.R. Plastic Products Inc., FIO Automotive Canada and Hayashi Canada Inc. to help the companies create 71 new jobs and retain 610 existing positions in Stratford and Perth County.

Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, made the announcement today at C.R. Plastic Products Inc. in Stratford on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business.

"Our partnerships with these innovative local companies are helping them expand their operations and create good jobs in Stratford and Perth County. Supporting the food processing and advanced manufacturing sectors in southwestern Ontario is a key priority of our government, helping local communities thrive and grow." Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business.

Atwood Heritage Processing Inc., in Atwood, is a meat processing company specializing in ready-to-eat dry cured meats. It has two product lines - a dry cured fermented summer sausage and pepperettes.

With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, Atwood Heritage Processing is building a new 6,800 square foot plant and purchasing new production equipment. These enhancements will help the company double its annual production and provide new services to its customers, including an online store.

C.R. Plastic Products Inc., in Stratford, is a manufacturer and distributor of outdoor furniture. It produces premium outdoor casual furniture made from up to 100 per cent recycled plastic.

With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, C.R. Plastic Products is investing in new equipment, including a proprietary robotic assembly line. These enhancements will help the company increase productivity, expand its product line and enhance its global competitiveness, which will allow it to expand into new markets.

FIO Automotive Canada Corporation, a subsidiary of Futaba Industrial Company Ltd. of Japan, is an automotive body parts supplier. It operates a manufacturing plant in Stratford that makes stamped metal parts and welded assemblies exclusively for the Toyota group.

With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, the company is purchasing automated guided vehicles to transport materials and is designing, manufacturing and installing automated welding equipment. These enhancements will help the company increase productivity and help transfer its employees to higher skilled jobs.

Hayashi Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Hayashi Telempu North America Corporation, is an automotive parts manufacturer that supplies interior trim parts to Toyota and Honda.

With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, the company is purchasing new equipment and expanding its manufacturing facility in Stratford. These enhancements will help the company increase productivity and increase cost efficiencies.

Supporting business investment in southwest Ontario is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


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