Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

July 22, 2014 13:00 ET

Minister Goodyear and MP Tilson Visit Bolton Manufacturer

BOLTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 22, 2014) - Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

FedDev Ontario Minister Gary Goodyear and Member of Parliament David Tilson visited Multivans Inc. in Bolton today, where they congratulated the company on its success in the production and sales of truck bodies. Multivans Inc. has been serving the Canadian transportation industry since 1962, and provides bodies for a variety of trucks.

In 2009, Multivans Inc. received $50,000, through the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' (CME) SMART Program, to support the purchase of new truck body molds. In 2013, the company received $42,170, through the CME SMART Prosperity Now program, to build and install a proprietary horizontal panel insulation press. Both projects allowed Multivans Inc. to improve the manufacturing process, product quality, plant productivity, delivery times to customers, and reduce labour input.

Prior to this visit, Minister Goodyear and MP Tilson also stopped at Mars Canada to tour the production facility.

Quick Facts

  • Through a FedDev Ontario investment of more than $38 million, CME has helped more than 700 small- and medium-sized manufacturing businesses in southern Ontario to become more productive and better equipped to compete in world markets.
  • The CME SMART Program was established to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers in Ontario improve productivity through lean design/manufacturing, quality improvement, energy efficiency, information technology best practices, and environmental impact reduction.

Quotes

"We know that helping our manufacturers upgrade their processes and facilities and boost productivity is key to keeping them competitive. The contribution to Multivans Inc., through Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, is a good example of how we are giving the manufacturing sector the tools it needs to remain a strong part of Ontario's economy."

-Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario

"I'm pleased to see that great companies in this community like Multivans Inc. have gotten the support needed to make upgrades necessary for success."

-David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon

"For so many Ontario-based manufactures, the last several years have been very challenging. We have dealt with a crippling recession and the dramatic rise in our currency, which made exporting a challenge. Thanks to programs like SMART, Multivans has been fortunate and during very difficult times we have been able to expand our business and are now exporting again."

-Fred Seymour, President, Multivans Inc.

Associated Links

- CME

- Multivans Inc.

- FedDev Ontario

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