Seven auto suppliers on Thursday announced they would collectively spend $46.6 million on expansions in southwestern Ontario.
The provincial government will give the five companies an additional $5.2 million to help with the projects.
All the provincial money will come from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.
Together, the companies said they will need to hire 197 people.
The seven companies who announced the expansions in a pair of joint news releases with the province on Thursday are:
- Jahn Engineering, a tool-and-die maker will expand its facility and buy new equipment, including a thermal forming oven and hydraulic press;
- Reko International, a parts supplier that will expand its facility and “invest in advanced equipment and technology”;
- Technicut Tool, which deals mainly in aerospace and defence, will “acquire new equipment that will allow them to meet increased demand for their products”;
- Uni-Fab, a metal fabricator specializing in infrastructure that supports the auto industry, will invest in equipment that will enable it to increase their production capacity;
- Windsor Industrial Services, which supplies conveyor systems primarily to the auto industry, will increase their production capacity and diversify their client base to other industries including food-processing companies and mining;
- Dana Canada of Chatham, Ont., makes heat shields — metal plates that prevent electrical components from being exposed to excessive heat — will build a new assembly line, which will expand their production;
- Aarkel Tool and Die, also in Chatham, makes die cast and plastic injection tooling for GM, Toyota, Honda, BMW and Ford, and will add CNC machines and five boring mills.
All seven projects will be completed between 2020 and 2022.
Government officials made two separate announces in Windsor and Chatham on Thursday morning and afternoon.