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News Briefs JADE Engineers Partners with Posi-Plus Technologies JADE Engineers Inc. and Posi- Plus Technologies Inc. are proud to announce a partnership agreement to improve customer take over the activities formerly conducted by Posi-Plus service centre and JADE Engineers. The new company will continue the business with the same personnel and at the same location under the same management of André Brisson. In addition to engineering, JADE Plus will be an authorized Posi-Plus Service and Warranty Centre. JADE Plus will continue to operate out of their Tillsonburg office and have service to their clients and partners. JADE Plus Inc will Tillsonburg Company named top builder Grassmere Construction Ltd of Tillsonburg has been named the Volume Builder of the Year by Butler Manufacturing! This designation is awarded to the top three Butler builders in Canada who demonstrate superior marketing skills in the sale of Butler buildings. Founded in 1988, Grassmere has 15 employees and has been an authorized Butler Builder for over 25 years. Recent projects include Bethel Pentecostal, two automotive dealers - Eichenberg Chrysler, Stauffer Motors (Ford), and Siemens Tillsonburg. expanded into Mississauga. For more information, visit .

Town launches new branding & website

The Town of Tillsonburg is pleased to announce the launch of its new community and corporate branding. The brand, including a new logo and marketing materials, makes the story of Tillsonburg relevant to the next generation through a simple and modern design. The goal of the new brand is to enable Tillsonburg to be more successful in attracting and retaining people, investment and visitors. It also highlights the shared community values of encouraging entrepreneurship, enjoying of a high quality of life, believing in a strong sense of community and valuing arts and culture. See New Brand continued on Page 3

The 6th Annual Turtlefest Block Party attracted record levels of visitors. Congrats to the Turtlefest Committee on another outstanding event!

Photo Credit Jason Collins

Town Approves Industrial Land Sale to Wise Line Metal Sales

for the agricultural and construction industries. They have been in business for over ten years and are continuing to grow. Wise Line’s tool division offers a wide variety of products to meet agricultural, construction and contractor needs and this move will help them better serve their customers in the Greater Tillsonburg Area. “We are pleased to announce that Wise Line Metal

The Town of Tillsonburg is pleased to welcome Wise Line Metal Sales to the Town of Tillsonburg. Wise Line has purchased seven acres of industrial land in the town’s Van Norman Industrial Park in close proximity to Highway 3. The land sale will enable Wise Line to expand their operations through the construction of a new approximately 35,000 square foot industrial building. Wise Line Metal Sales Inc. is a custom manufacturer of metal siding, roofing, garages and steel products

Sales will be relocating to Tillsonburg”, See Wise Line Metal Sales continued on Page 4

For more information contact: CEPHAS PANSCHOW , Ec.D. Development Commissioner T: 519.688.3009, ext. 3250

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 or


EmployerOne Survey Results are In

Check out the new Town of Tillsonburg website at!

The fourth annual EmployerOne Survey results have been released and some of the key findings from the 2016 survey are: n  59% of businesses expect to hire over the next 12 months n  Expansion, seasonality and replacements were the targeted reasons for hiring. n  44% of employers rated the availability of workforce in the region to be “excellent or good”, while 26% rated it “fair” n  67% of employers offered training and professional development to their workforce n  62% of businesses experienced separations in 2015. A majority of those separations were “quits” n  Service workers, production workers and professionals experienced the largest turnover

The EmployerOne Survey is a critical source of information on workforce issues, challenges and opportunities. 320 surveys were filled out, representing 18,000 employees. These results will help workforce agencies provide the resources and programs necessary to ensure that the local workforce is able to meet the needs of businesses and industry. The EmployerOne Survey is a collaborative effort between the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning Board and over 40 partners, including the Town of Tillsonburg. To view the results or past surveys, please visit or contact the Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board at 519-672-3499.

The new website offers a fresh design with improved functionality for ease of use by residents and visitors.

Export Canada Launches Export Marketing Program The Federal Government has launched CanExport, which will provide up to $50 million over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada seeking to develop new export opportunities, particularly in high-growth priority markets and sectors. The purpose of the program is to increase the competitiveness of Canadian companies. Delivered by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), CanExport provides financial support for a wide range of export marketing activities. For more information, please email or call 866-203-2454. The Spring/Summer edition of the Discover Tillsonburg magazine is available at view/919758.  Check out what’s going on in Tillsonburg this summer! Copies

Ontario efforts to cut red tape recognized Ontario’s Red Tape Challenge is currently in process and involves an online consulting tool designed to identify and eliminate duplication, lessen compliance burdens, shorten response times and make it easier for businesses to interact with the government. The Red Tape Challenge will focus on six sectors over the next two years, starting with auto parts manufacturing and food processing. Other proposed sectors include financial services, mining, chemical manufacturing and forestry. In recognition of the province’s efforts to reduce red tape over the last year, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) awarded the province a B+ grade – the second highest grade awarded in Canada – as part of its annual Red Tape Awareness Week. Ontario’s strong rating is due to efforts to streamline and modernize government. The province is over halfway to its burden reduction target of $100 million in savings for businesses by the end of 2017, reaching the $50 million mark in 2015. To participate, please visit:

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


MAR. 2016

MAR. 2015

Oxford County

6.3% 6.2%

6.7% 6.6%

can also be picked up throughout the Tillsonburg area.

Elgin, Middlesex, & Oxford Counties


MAY 2016 (YTD)

MAY 2015 (YTD)


Average House Price




*Information Courtesy of Tillsonburg District Real Estate Board


EMC Announces Foreign Exchange Solutions Program More and more Canadian manufacturers are looking at international markets as a way to grow their business. They want to work with a global leader to minimize their exposure in foreign markets. EMC (Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium) has teamed up with Western Union Business Solutions to offer answers that address your unique business needs, such as foreign exchange, global payment, and currency risk management. For more information on this program, contact Todd Oliver at Radio Station of the Year Congratulations to Country 107.3 (CJDL) on their third consecutive selection as Radio Station of the Year by the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO)! Based on these values, the essence of Tillsonburg is captured in three words: CONNECTED – A strong sense of community, a history of engagement and collaboration, and strong connections to surrounding markets based on a strategic location within Southwestern Ontario ENRICHED – A high quality of life evidenced by community centres/ programs, opportunities to be meaningfully involved, abundance of parks and green spaces, and a rural/urban influence that combines for a sustainable, comfortable pace INSPIRED – An entrepreneurial spirit and strong rural work ethic with leadership in agri-business and related ventures and a track record of “Made in Tillsonburg” solutions The new brand and implementation plan was approved by Council and is in the process of being implemented. The brand launch was followed by a new website ( in May with updates to signage, vehicles, promotional items and marketing campaigns being completed in the near future. The new brand was developed through an extensive public consultation and input process that included numerous opportunities for input from both citizens and staff alike. New Brand continued

155 Broadway $6 sq ft triple net

n Up to 6,500 square foot of high profile office space at Broadway/

Ridout across from Town Centre Mall, banks and amenities. Offering some of the best views in the downtown! Owner will subdivide space, install an

elevator and improvements. n Contact: Scott Gilvesy, Sales

Representative, Erie’s Edge Real Estate Ltd, at (519)409-7653 or

8 Hardy Ave $145,000

n Excellent residential development opportunity with outstanding proximity to the Tillsonburg Community Centre, Senior’s Centre, Memorial Park and the Lake Lisgar Water Park! Potential for medium sized development or 3 smaller lots. Sanders Street frontage is approximately 182 feet. Former Town of Tillsonburg Parks Building. Seller has completed environmental study and will make available to buyer.

Contact: Richard Wood, Royal Lepage, at 519.842.8418 or

Tillsonburg Hospital Establishes a Campus of Care to expand services

Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital (TDMH) has established a Campus of Care, offering a range of healthcare services, to make it easier for patients and families to navigate the healthcare system. A new sign has been installed at the front of the hospital to indicate services provided. “We at TDMH have seen that as the health care system in Ontario evolves, people are more confused about where to get specific health care services, for themselves and their family. We want to

make it easier for people to navigate the system, so the Board and Leadership team at TDMH created a strategy to bring more of our community health care partners to our TDMH site and offer more services from one location,” said Crystal Houze, TDMH President and CEO. TDMH’s Campus of Care includes acute care, complex continuing care, emergency services, surgical services, diagnostic imaging, cardiac services and respiratory therapy.



Tillsonburg Chamber Announces 2016 Award recipients

Drinking Water and Wastewater System Performance Reports are Now Online Oxford County’s drinking water and wastewater treatment systems continue to operate at a high level of safety. Twelve of the County’s 17 drinking water systems received inspection ratings of 100%, while three systems received a 98% or above. Oxford County monitors drinking water quality 24/7 to ensure it is free of contaminants. In 2015, Public Works treated and supplied 11.6 million cubic meters of drinking water and all nine of the County’s wastewater treatment plants achieved 100% compliance with their Environmental Compliance Approval effluent discharge limits. Full reports for each of the systems can be found on Oxford County’s website by visiting Oxford Small Business Support Centre offering grants to Young Entrepreneurs The Oxford Small Business Support Centre (OSBSC) is offering a new grant program for small business owners under 30. The Oxford Young Entrepreneurs program is open to all small business owners under 30, but does prioritize applicants who have left the community and then returned to Oxford to start their business. More information is available at . EMC is Offering LBMX Cloud Based EDI Companies run on the exchange of information. Invoices, purchase orders and acknowledgements are just some of the information that keeps business moving. Done well, exchanging data electronically (EDI) is efficient, quick and avoids re- keying. EMC (Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium) is offering this service to all of its members to allow manufacturers to be more competitive. For more information, contact Jason Bates at .

The team at J/E Bearing & Machine Ltd was recognized for both their significant investment in their Tillsonburg facility and for Business Improvements

Hayhoe Homes President Will Hayhoe accepts the Commercial New Investment Award from Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar

BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT AWARD J/E Bearing & Machine Ltd., sponsored by Marwood Metal Fabrication Limited

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD BDA Insurance Team, sponsored by E&E McLaughlin Ltd.

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD SRG Workforce Training and Development, sponsored by FirstOntario Credit Union ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD Tyson Van Leeuwen, East Elgin Concrete Forming Limited, sponsored by BNG Bossy Nagy Group Chartered Professional Accountants ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD Nu Décor Inc. sponsored by TD Bank Group

NEW INVESTMENT AWARD - COMMERCIAL Hayhoe Homes, sponsored by the Town of Tillsonburg

NEW INVESTMENT AWARD - INDUSTRIAL J/E Bearing & Machine Ltd., sponsored by the Town of Tillsonburg

THE JANE & PHIL ESSELTINE POSITIVE CHANGE AWARD Lance MacKenzie, sponsored by Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce

Wise Line Metal Sales continued

says Dave Wieler, co-owner, “Our business has been experiencing growing pains and a new building will enable our business to accommodate new and existing business while improving the efficiency and productivity of our operation,” he adds. “On behalf of the Town, I welcome Wise Line Metal Sales and their employees to the community,” says Tillsonburg Mayor Stephen Molnar. “One of the goals identified in the Community Strategic Plan is providing a variety of employment opportunities in Tillsonburg and attracting Wise Line Metal Sales here supports growth across multiple sectors”, he adds.

“The Town of Tillsonburg moved quickly to meet our needs and provide us with the information required to make this decision,” stated co-owner Dan Wieler, “and based on our experience with the Economic Development department, we would highly recommend them to other companies.” The land sale will facilitate approximately 20 jobs while providing for additional employment growth in the future. Construction is anticipated to start in 2016 with occupancy by the end of the year.


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