County of Oxford maintains Vacant Unit Rebate Program

SOMA Welcomes North Middlesex The Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance (SOMA) and members, including the Town of Tillsonburg welcome the Municipality of North Middlesex as a new member! SOMA is one of the longest established regional marketing organizations in Ontario and enables small and mid-size municipalities to share resources and costs when seeking to attract foreign direct investment. Current members of SOMA include Ingersoll, Stratford, St. Thomas, Tillsonburg, Woodstock and the County of Perth.

The Town of Tillsonburg is pleased to support the continuation of the Vacant Unit Rebate program in the County of Oxford. Subsequent to Provincial legislation that eliminated the requirement to offer this program to property owners, many municipalities (e.g. Toronto, York, Hamilton) introduced bylaws to eliminate the rebate in their jurisdictions. Through an extensive public consultation process, the Oxford County Council made the decision to keep the program while introducing a five-year cap on eligibility. “I’m pleased that Oxford County Council, with input from property owners, has decided to keep this program,” says Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar. “This is a good example of how government can engage the public and develop a solution that is better for everyone.” Marwood Metal Fabrication Ltd. has announced that it will begin operating as Marwood International Inc. as of June 1. Marwood International is an award-winning, automotive stamping, modular assembly, and e-coating company that is focused on supplying a global customer footprint with innovative products and processes. With a heightened awareness on light weighting & waste reduction initiatives Marwood International has grown from a small local business to an internationally recognized supplier. While the company has shown significant growth over the past 27 years it has not forgotten its core principles and roots. The small company feel with big company technological

Members of the public were invited to participate through the process and input was received from businesses and organizations across the County, including the Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce, the Tillsonburg economic Development Committee and private property owners. “I’m proud of how our community worked together to provide input into this process,” says David Calder, Chief Administrative Officer. “Keeping this program will make Oxford and Tillsonburg more competitive than other areas and support investment and growth in our communities”.

SOMA recently completed a tour of all the member communities as part of their familiarization tour

“The SOMA Board is thrilled to welcome the Municipality of North Middlesex into the SOMA organization and we look forward to their active participation in the foreign direct investment program initiated by SOMA”, says Len Magyar, President. Magyar indicated that “there is no question that by working collaboratively our member municipalities can better deliver their ‘investment ready’ message much further afield and much more economically than they can on their own”. Mayor Don Shipway indicated that he has followed the work that SOMA has done in the past and looks forward to opportunities where the Municipality of North Middlesex can be more actively involved. “From our analysis SOMA was very successful in generating a large number of leads and contacts for their members through 15 different trade events in 2017 alone” according to Justin Dias, the Director of Economic Development and Community Services for North Middlesex.

Marwood goes International with new name!

capabilities combined with an attitude of never being satisfied is what has set Marwood apart from the field. Marwood International currently employs a large and creative team with more than 150 different job positions. The organization is proud to have received numerous community and manufacturing awards. Marwood International has a current streak of 10 consecutive years without any lost time, work related accidents. This name and overall brand change is a direct reflection of the ever- growing technology of lightweight car parts being made with new and exotic materials and their business relationships expanding to a more global presence. They are proud to be More Than Metal!

The Town of Tillsonburg is pleased to partner with the County of Oxford to install a Level 2 Electric Vehicle charging station behind the Clock Tower in the Downtown. The installation was funded through the Ministry of Transportation’s Electric Vehicle Charge Ontario (EVCO) program. The new charger was unveiled as part of the Turtlefest Car Show, which, for the first time, included an Electric Vehicle display sponsored in part by the On hand to celebrate are Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar, County of Oxford CAO Peter Crockett, and Tillsonburg Hydro CEO Michael Desroches as well as electric vehicle owners from Tillsonburg and the London and Kitchener electric vehicle associations.


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