Mitsui High-tec’s First North American Plant Will Create Jobs, Increase Exports

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Ontario is partnering with Japan’s Mitsui High-tec to build the company’s first manufacturing facility in North America, and the very first facility in Ontario producing motor cores for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Ontario will invest up to $2 million through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund to support Mitsu High-tec’s new facility in Brantford, leveraging an overall project investment of about $38 million. The Japanese company chose Ontario because of the province’s highly-skilled workforce and strong auto sector. The greenfield facility is expected to begin production in early 2017 and will feature Mitsui’s advanced manufacturing techniques to produce high-efficiency motor cores. The partnership will secure 48 new highly skilled jobs and strengthen the province’s auto supply chain.

Initially, the Ontario plant will export the motor cores for electric and hybrid vehicles to customers in the United States with longer term plans to grow the company’s market share with Ontario-based vehicle assembly plants as well.

The province is making it easier for Ontarians to switch to an electric vehicle as part of its Climate Change Strategy, which in turn is helping to foster innovation and investment in Ontario’s auto sector.

Partnering with business to promote green investment is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

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“Hybrid and plug-in technologies are becoming increasingly important as automakers adapt their fleets to meet more stringent fuel efficiency standards. Ontario’s investment with Mitsui High-tec focuses on the next generation of vehicles, pushing Ontario’s auto sector to continue leading and competing globally.”

— Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

“We’re delighted to welcome Mitsui High-tec to the region’s manufacturing community. Brantford’s skilled workforce and ideal location along Ontario’s automotive corridor makes this an excellent choice for the company and we look forward to their long-term growth and success in the province.”

— Dave Levac, MPP for Brant

Brantford Mayor Chris Friel

Brantford Mayor Chris Friel

“This is a momentous day for the City of Brantford, as Mitsui High-tec breaks ground on their first manufacturing facility in North America. Their decision to locate in Brantford is an example of smart growth and job creation for our city and I am proud that Mitsui High-tec’s confidence in the city’s economic landscape brought this exciting development to fruition.”

— Mayor Chris Friel, City of Brantford

“Mitsui High-tec’s new Ontario production facility—our first in North America—will build on the close working relationship we have developed with our customers on the continent. We look forward to assembling a strong team in Brantford that will exemplify the values of innovation, quality and precision manufacturing on which our company is based.”

— Yasunari Mitsui, President, Mitsui High-tec Inc.

“As a firm celebrating 70 years of service in Ontario, McKay-Cocker Construction is proud to be part of a project that will offer construction jobs and business opportunities in Southwestern Ontario.”

— John Marcovecchio, President, McKay-Cocker Construction, a subsidiary of MC Group

QUICK FACTS

§  Ontario is one of the top jurisdictions in North America for vehicle production and the only sub-national jurisdiction to have five major global automotive assemblers: Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota, as well as truck manufacturer Hino.

§  The auto industry contributes around $16 billion annually to Ontario’s GDP.

§  The Jobs and Prosperity Fund is providing $2.7 billion over 10 years to enhance productivity, bolster innovation and grow Ontario’s exports.

§  Ontario’s business support grants are contingent on the company meeting stringent investment and job targets. Projects are closely monitored over their lifespan to protect taxpayers’ investment and include provisions if targets are not met.

§  Ontario’s five-year, $400-million Business Growth Initiative is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and modernizing regulations for businesses.

§  As part of the Business Growth Initiative, Ontario announced the Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Program to help smaller auto parts companies adopt the latest technologies, plus support for the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium to support R&D and commercialization of technologies.

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3 Comments to Mitsui High-tec’s First North American Plant Will Create Jobs, Increase Exports

  1. [Hi Paul- this announcement may interest you- Ed]
    Ontario Partnering with Ferrero Canada to Create Jobs
    Province Helps Company Grow its Business

    NEWS
    July 28, 2016

    Ontario is partnering with Ferrero Canada Ltd. to expand its product line and pursue new markets, creating 55 new jobs and retaining 831 jobs in Brantford.

    Ferrero Canada manufactures and distributes confectionery products that include Ferrero Rocher, Nutella, Tic Tac, Kinder Surprise and Raffaello. With $1.5 million in support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, the company will invest in innovative technology to expand its business. Ferrero Canada will use a new manufacturing process to make three additional products at its Brantford plant to sell in markets across North America. The project has a total value of over $36.1 million and is expected to be completed by August 2017.

    The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is helping to create jobs and diversify the economy by encouraging regional businesses to pursue innovation and new markets. It was modelled on the proven Eastern Ontario Development Fund. Together these two funds are helping to create and retain more than 42,000 jobs and attract more than $1.9 billion in investment.

    The funds cover up to 15 per cent of eligible project costs, with the recipient company funding the remainder from its own resources. This leveraging of private sector investment provides enhanced value for taxpayers.

    Attracting new investment to Southwestern Ontario is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

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    “We are committed to helping our communities grow and investing in strategic partnerships that bring jobs and prosperity to our province. Our government is pleased to support Ferrero Canada through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, which will help the company launch new products and reach new markets.”
    — Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth

    “I’m happy that our government is supporting the jobs and investment that Ferrero Canada brings to the region through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund. This support is helping launch new products and creating jobs in our community.”
    —Indira Naidoo-Harris, Associate Minister of Finance, MPP for Halton

    “The investment from both the Ontario Government and Ferrero is great news for the riding of Brant and its citizens. Ferrero Canada in Brantford is a proven winner for all partners and means continued prosperity and jobs. Congratulations to Ferrero and Brantford.”
    — Dave Levac, MPP for Brant

    “We appreciate the support of the Ontario government and the people of this province. Brantford has proven to be a great manufacturing location for us and a catalyst for us to expand our business and grow our presence in North America.”
    — A spokesperson from Ferrero Canada Ltd.

    QUICK FACTS

    The company is a subsidiary of Ferrero International — the world’s third-largest confectionery group. Its headquarters is in Luxembourg and it has 22 operating manufacturing plants around the world. The Brantford plant is its only facility in Canada.

    Since October 2012, Ontario has committed to invest approximately $95 million through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, leveraging private-sector investment of more than $1.1 billion. These investments are helping to create over 4,300 new jobs and retain more than 20,000 existing jobs in the region.

    Ontario is accepting applications for the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund from qualified businesses that are growing and creating jobs. Sectors eligible for the fund include advanced manufacturing, food processing, life sciences, information and communications technology, tourism and cultural industries.

    Ontario’s five-year, $400-million Business Growth Initiative is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale-up and modernizing regulations for businesses.

    Daniel Nowoselski MPP Liaison |Office of Hon. Brad Duguid, Mnister of Economic Development and Growth
    Desk: 416-314-7882 Please mention the Silo when contacting.

  2. Hi Paul- we have not received any updates regarding the Mitsui hiring details but suggest that you contact City of Brantford Mayor Chris Friel (if he is unable, his staff can direct you to other contacts) and ask for an update. You can email Mayor Friel’s office directly at cfriel@brantford.ca or visit the office in person (advisable to call ahead and sched an appointment)
    Brantford City Hall
    100 Wellington Square,
    P.O. Box 818,
    Brantford, Ontario, Canada
    Please let us know how you make out.
    N3T 5R7

  3. Paul Evans

    I would like to find out when and where the Mitsui hiring in Brantford will begin.

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