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  • June 18, 2015

Ontario Supporting Manufacturing Growth and Innovation in Guelph

Province Partnering with Hammond Manufacturing to Create Jobs

Ontario is partnering with Hammond Manufacturing to expand production at its Guelph plant, creating 55 new jobs and retaining 324 positions over five years.

With $1.5 million in support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, Hammond Manufacturing will upgrade the process it uses to make metallic and non-metallic enclosures that are used to protect electrical control panels from dust, oil and water. The company will invest in automated equipment to help it expand production and become more efficient. The project also includes energy saving upgrades and water recycling investments.

Modelled on the proven Eastern Ontario Development Fund, the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is helping to create jobs and diversify the economy by encouraging regional businesses to pursue innovation and new markets. Together, these two funds have created and retained more than 31,000 jobs and attracted more than $1.3 billion in investment.

Attracting new investment to southwesternOntariois part of the government’s plan to buildOntarioup. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure inOntario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.


“Our government is pleased to partner with Hammond Manufacturing, to expand their business in Ontario and enhance the competitiveness of their Guelph facility. This investment will generate substantial economic activity and ensure Hammond Manufacturing remains a significant economic driver and employer in the Guelph area.”                                                                                       

— Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

“Hammond Manufacturing has a proud history inGuelphand with these expansion plans it will have a solid future. Forward-thinking companies like Hammond Manufacturing are essential to the success ofOntario’s manufacturing industry. Programs like the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund deliver targeted, strategic support to helpOntariobusinesses maintain their competitive advantage.”             

— Liz Sandals, MPP Guelph

“We are proud to partner with government ofOntarioon this project which will continue our company’s legacy of excellence inGuelph. This investment supports our efforts to improve our processes and systems which will help us to continue to offer exceptional products for our customers worldwide.”    

Alex Stirling, CFO Hammond Manufacturing.


  • Hammond Manufacturing is almost 100 years old — it started in a garage inGuelphin 1916.
  • Ontariois accepting applications for the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund from qualified businesses that are growing and creating jobs.
  • Sectors eligible for the fund include advanced manufacturing, food processing, life sciences, information and communications technology, tourism and cultural industries.
  • Since October 2012,Ontariohas invested over $55 million through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, leveraging a total investment of more than $640 million. These investments have helped to create over 2,750 new jobs and retain more than 12,900 existing jobs in the region.


For more information, contact: 
Jenny Waterston
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP 

(519) 836-4190              

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