The 50th anniversary celebration of Autoneum Tillsonburg, located on Bell Mill Side Road just off Highway 3.
acres of industrial land to sell to what was then known as Mastico Industries. “At that time, the sale price was $2,000 per acre,” says Molnar. “Obviously the market has changed a lot since that time, but it’s evidence that even then, Tillsonburg was ‘a place to build your future,’” he says, referencing the Town’s former marketing tagline. The land deal ultimately led to the construction of the current production facility and initiated a strong relationship between the Town and the private sector to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. While the name on the Autoneum facility may have changed over the past five decades—from Mastico in the early days, to Reiter Automotive, and now Autoneum, the company has always had a reputation for being a contributor to the
community at large.The plant continues to have a positive impact, employing more than 300 skilled workers as well as supporting local youth and charitable organizations. In fact, the company was recognized earlier this year withtheTillsonburgandDistrict Chamber of Commerce Award for Community Service. “Of all the recognition a local enterprise can receive, this particular award speaks directly to the passion and commitment of the people of Autoneum,” says Molnar. “It is truly a testament that Autoneum is building more than noise control or thermal insulation parts. They are collectively building a community.” In many ways, Autoneum has been a flagship industry in the community. Their presence in Tillsonburg has ultimately helped the community attract
other manufacturers to the area. “Autoneum’s products may provide for a quieter ride, but the company’s historical contributions to our community continue to resonate loud and clear,” says Molnar. To mark the historic anniversary, Autoneum recently held a reunion car show. Local music group, Small Town Girls performed and members of the public were invited to tour the facility and enjoy a barbeque. During the event, Mayor Molnar also presented a certificate of recognition to Autoneum’s Scott Cole and Heather Sleegers. You can learn more about Tillsonburg’s automotive- related industries and competitive advantages at www.tillsonburg.ca/invest .
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