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News Briefs BNG of Tillsonburg Acquires Woodstock company Congratulations to Bossy Nagy Group (BNG) Professional Corporation of Tillsonburg on the acquisition of Bob Dieleman Professional Corporation! The acquisition signals BNG’s continued commitment to growth in the Oxford Area. BNG operates three locations in Southwestern Ontario (Tillsonburg, Woodstock and Delhi) and was recognized in 2014 as the Employer of the Year by the Tillsonburg Chamber of Commerce. Danbrook Automotive opens second location Congrats to Danbrook Automotive, who have purchased a second location at 47 Fourth St in Tillsonburg. Danbrook plans to move their rustproofing operations to the new location as well as offer MTO Safety Inspections on enclosed and utility trailers. Danbrook Automotive thanks their loyal customers who have allowed them to grow in this their 26th year in business. The Fall/Winter edition of the Discover Tillsonburg magazine is available at online.flippingbook. com/view/8041. Check out what’s going on in Tillsonburg this fall! Copies can also be picked up throughout the Tillsonburg area.

Broadway Booming!

Most towns and cities have at least a few “challenging properties” in their commercial core. Some buildings seem to be black holes of business, while others sit idle year after year. But if you think downtown renewal isn’t possible, think again. “If you drive south into Tillsonburg on Broadway, you’ll pass three major construction sites on your way into the downtown,” says Development Commissioner Cephas Panschow. “And they’re all

properties that have struggled to attract interest in the past.” Two of the sites on Broadway will soon house optometry practices while the third will be a large dental office. But it isn’t just service-oriented businesses that are investing in Tillsonburg; the retail sector is also growing. “We’ve had several new retail businesses open in the past few months including Roka Billiards, The Anchor Shoppe and

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Tillsonburg industrial app developer helping manufacturers transition to new economy

Do you feel like technology is your enemy? If so, you may want check out Opid Technologies as they specialize in replacing manual workflows (or existing legacy systems) with automated solutions that improve your ability to manage your company. Haven’t heard of them before? Opid Technologies is a Tillsonburg based custom software development agency that specializes in turning liabilities into profit.

Opid is passionate about helping companies succeed – whether that means custom software development, database design and optimization, circuit design, or product prototyping. Their passion has helped their customers save over $10.5 Million in efficiencies and they target projects that have a maximum return on investment of one year with some projects having a positive return in as few as three months. See Tillsonburg industrial app developer continued on Page 4

For more information contact: CEPHAS PANSCHOW , Ec.D. Development Commissioner cpanschow@tillsonburg.ca T: 519.688.3009, ext. 3250 www.tillsonburg.ca

The Town of Tillsonburg is a progressive and growing town of 16,000 people that is strategically located in the centre of Ontario’s agriculture and manufacturing heartland. The Town is working aggressively to leverage its location along Canada’s Trade Corridor, Highway 401, to position the municipally as best-in-class for investment by cutting red tape, streamlining processes and lowering its business and development costs. For more information visit www.tillsonburg.ca or www.discovertillsonburg.ca.


Future Oxford Expo set to return in 2017 Following a successful showcase of sustainability in Oxford last year, the

New Centre strengthens Area’s Advanced Manufacturing Capability

Leaders of Oxford Student Competition will see local students pitching ideas in a Dragon’s Den style competition, aimed at achieving objectives from the Future Oxford Plan. More details on the competition, guest speakers and other Expo details will be announced in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, the Future Oxford Expo is actively seeking vendors and sponsorship for next year’s event. Those interested should visit www.futureoxford.ca/expo for more details. The Future Oxford Sustainability Plan sets out the community’s vision for how to manage community, environmental and economic resources for Oxford County’s future growth and wellbeing.

Future Oxford Expo is being planned for April 20, 2017. The second annual Future Oxford Expo will once again be held at the Oxford Auditorium in Woodstock. The day-long event is free to the public and is an opportunity to get a first- hand look at current success stories and leadership being taken on sustainable initiatives in Oxford, while getting a glimpse of what the future has in store. The Expo features vendors, exhibitors and community programs along the theme of sustainability. A captivating line-up of guest speakers is in the works once again, and a new student competition will be featured at this year’s event. The Future

The newly opened Canadian Centre for Product Validation offers a “one-of- a-kind” resource for businesses in the Greater Tillsonburg Area and throughout Southwestern Ontario. As an innovation hub, CCPV’s goal is to bridge the gap between innovation and commercialization through product validation. The multi- modal facility offers a comprehensive suite of electrical, mechanical, environmental, thermal and performance tests. The centre also offers proto-typing space as well as six “hoteling” offices for clients who need to be onsite to develop their product. The centre is also available for international companies looking to refine their products for the North American marketplace. Please visit www.ccpv.ca for more information.

Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar (centre right) celebrates the return of the Tiltran brand to the area as a result of Spark Power’s purchase of the company. Spark Power is an integrated energy company that offers renewable energy projects, operation and maintenance and medium to high voltage infrastructure services. For more info, please visit: www.tiltran.ca. With Mayor Molnar are Paul Krupicz (Tiltran), Cephas Panschow (Town of Tillsonburg), Ernie Vidovic (formerly with Tiltran), Mayor Molnar, Jason Sparaga (Spark Power) and David Minor (Spark Power).

Key Stats

Data sources: Oxford County data are estimates by Metro Economics while Elgin, Middlesex & Oxford counties data is CANSIM, Table 282-0122, 3-month moving average, unadjusted for seasonality


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Elgin, Middlesex, & Oxford Counties

Visit Tillsonburg’s newest store, the Fox and Fawn, downtown at 93 Broadway! They offer antiques, collectibles, and Home Décor items.


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*Information Courtesy of Tillsonburg District Real Estate Board


Fluid Products company adds new dynamic to Tillsonburg economy Dynamic Fluid Products Inc, a Tillsonburg based hydraulic, pneumatic, and

Ontario named best place to invest in Canada! Ontario has been named the best place in Canada to invest by Site Selection magazine - a leading international magazine of corporate real estate strategy and economic development. Ontario is the winner of the “Canadian Competitiveness Award.” It ranked the province as the most competitive in Canada for several reasons, including: n  Ontario was number one in job creation associated with corporate investment, while coming in second in terms of incoming investments related to acquiring or upgrading physical assets such as property, industrial buildings and equipment n  Ontario metro areas were home to twice as much investment project activity than the next closest province n  Ontario cities accounted for half of the Top 10 metro-area and regional economic development groups in Canada Canada Ranks as Top 10 Solar Nation The global solar market continued to experience explosive growth as almost 50 GW of additional capacity was installed worldwide in 2015 (International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power System Program), which was 25 percent above 2014 totals. China, Japan and the USA represented the largest markets in 2015, accounting for two-thirds of the additional installed capacity. Canada ranked as the number 10 solar jurisdiction in the world with the installation of ~ 600 megawatts of solar capacity in 2015. In total, Canada has impressively installed over 2,500 MW of solar to date. Solar energy from photovoltaic installations now accounts for more than 1.3 percent of the electricity demand in the world.

They also provide service, parts, and maintenance for DeCloet harvesters and other specialized agricultural equipment and they have just became a Parker Transair distributor. Dynamic recently expanded their operations and now offer over 11,000 square foot of retail, warehouse and manufacturing space. Dynamic provides services to the automotive, agriculture, construction, green energy, transportation sectors. If you have a project that you need assistance with, or a piece of equipment in need of repair, contact them at

automation product supplier, is pleased to announce that they have achieved TSSA B31.1 Power Piping and B31.3 Process Piping certification. This higher level of certification means that they are better positioned to help companies obtain their TSSA approvals while also providing the expertise and experience to offer a wide range of fluid power solutions. Established in 1987, Dynamic Fluid Products service department offers licensed millwrights and fluid power specialists that have the expertise to install and service power units, valves, pumps, cylinders, motors and much more.

1-800-265-2656 or visit www.dynamicfluid.com.

Fanshawe College Offering Essential Courses in Tillsonburg

Microsoft Office Essentials – Jan. 16 to Feb. 3 – You will acquire skills using a variety of operations found in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and develop keyboarding skills through hands-on experience and assignments. $317.40 Customer Service & Communications – Jan. 16 to Feb. 3 – This course emphasizes the importance of effective customer service and communication skills with clients and coworkers within an organization. Students will learn methods to overcome common barriers

in communication and with conflict in the workplace. $222.60 Creative and Critical Thinking – Feb. 6 to Feb. 17 – This course will build on the knowledge and skills covered in previous course. You will learn how to think creatively and critically in order to apply those skills to roles in the organization, in professional and in personal situations. These skills will assist with analyzing information in order to respond to a wide variety of work and personal situations. $222.60

4 Elm Street Starting at $14/SF (gross rent) n Approximately 1824 square feet, consisting of two large rooms n Separate entrance n Shared washroom facilities n Parking Included Cliff Evanitski, 519-842-4242 x 225 230 Lisgar Ave. Starting at $11/SF (triple net)

n Units from 915 SF to 6,000 SF possible n  Plaza undergoing major renovation and facelift Richard Wood, 519-842-8418 Royal LePage



SCOR Recognizes Local Producers

Broadway Booming continued No Dice Games,” says Virginia Armstrong, Executive Director of the Tillsonburg Business Improvement Association (BIA). “It’s good news for shoppers and great news for the Downtown.” Off-Broadway development includes the Lisgar Plaza (see listing on page 3), which is being renovated to accommodate existing tenants Little Ceasar’s Pizza, H&R Block and Q-Mart. The Dental Centre on Level One will also be relocating their offices to the plaza in early 2017. Industrial activity is also strong with Wise Line Metal Sales constructing a new 33,750 square foot facility on Clearview Drive in Southwest Tillsonburg and Xcel Fabrication & Design constructing a new 52,500 square foot facility in the same area. “Tillsonburg is definitely in the midst of a building boom right now,” says Chief Building Officer Geno Vanhaelewyn. “Our residential housing starts are higher than they’ve been in five years, and we’re seeing an influx of commercial and industrial investment on top of it.” Ontario launches online application for apprenticeships The Ontario Government has launched an online Application for Apprenticeship Training at www.employmentontario. ca. Prospective apprentices now have the option to complete their application online. The new online application should take about ten minutes to complete and the ministry commits to following up within two days of receiving an application from a prospective apprentice. Clients who may need assistance with the form can call the Employment Ontario Contact Centre at 1-800-387-5656 or to use the online chat feature on the website. The new online form is part of the ministry’s broader efforts to leverage technology to improve client service.

The South Central Ontario Region (SCOR) recognized three Oxford County businesses at their Local Food Recognition Day. The Oxford businesses included Chocolatea who won the Business/ Restaurant Award, Jakeman’s Maple Farm who won a Farmer/ Producer/Processor Award and SixThirtyNine who won the Food Hub Favourite Staff Pick Award.

SCOR Chair and Tillsonburg Mayor, Stephen Molnar, speaks at the Local Food Recognition Day.

Tillsonburg industrial app developer continued

“Regardless of what business you are in, or where you are from, we want to make your bottom line look better” adds Barton. The team at Opid has experience from Microsoft platforms (C# Web and Thick Client Apps, ASP.net) to Java, PHP, Perl, Python and many esoteric languages. They have database experience in everything from Postgres to MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, to Microsoft Access and Filemaker. Solutions typically involve a strong web based component (both internal or customer facing). They’ve also implemented web applications, mobile app development, created custom PCBs integrating sensors to collect real world data, embedded systems, android based barcode scanners, etc. With a small but passionately involved team, Opid Technologies partners with their clients to give managers and administration the ability to act and make decisions based on data and reports - rather than reacting to fires and dealing with less than adequate outcomes. To help business leaders evaluate their risks and plan their IT strategies Opid Technologies’ team offers a free course that can be accessed online atwww.opid. ca/fixing-legacy-systems. Contact Ian Barton at (519) 842-3780 to get started on your business growth plans.

Ian Barton, Opid Founder, collaborating with team members on a client project

Opid has been offering customized solutions for over a decade, but has recently relocated to a new office in the heart of Downtown Tillsonburg. “Our office is based out of the awesome Town of Tillsonburg”, says Ian Barton, Opid’s Founder, “but our customers come from all across Ontario including big cities like Toronto and London to villages that only have one stop sign.” Their clients include manufacturers (including Ontario Auto OEMs), corporate retail stores and franchisees, start-ups, social service agencies and logistics companies to name a few.


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