MPP is touring Manufacturing Plants across Ontario; seeking ideas and solutions.
(Queen’s Park, ON) – This afternoon, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton toured two Ontario manufacturing plants facing tough times: Toronto’s Copper Core Manufacturing and Woodbridge’s Alps Welding Ltd. Both plants employ about 65 workers each and both are members of the Concerned Coalition of Ontario Manufacturers.
“Today I heard about how unnecessary government delays are hampering business, slowing growth and investment while ultimately costing jobs and hurting our provincial economy,” said McNaughton. “Hearing stories about small companies waiting years to get approval to bring new machinery online or being forced to hire expensive and unnecessary consultants just to complete bureaucratic paperwork and minimum government requirements is a bitter pill to swallow.”
Etobicoke’s Copper Core Manufacturing is a Canadian owned designer and manufacturer of heat exchange products. Copper Core products are shipped worldwide for use in demanding applications in petroleum, mining, forestry, construction, agriculture, power generation and transportation industries.
“There are over 380,000 different rules and regulations on the books here in Ontario. For a small or medium-sized business, just monitoring that many rules and regulations is a massive burden. Now that the U.S. government is moving forward with a sweeping ‘one-in, two-out’ plan by forcing the government to eliminate two regulations for every new rule added, Ontario is being left in the dust. There’s no doubt, we are losing the battle on government red tape and unnecessary regulations. This is a big part of the reason why last year Ontario lost over 2700 companies and businesses” said McNaughton.
For the last 40 years, Alps Welding has been providing custom fabrication services to North America’s largest design engineers, equipment designers, and plant operators for their most complex and time-sensitive projects. Alps Welding employs highly skilled workers to fabricate a variety of equipment, much of which helps facilities reduce their environmental impact and operate more efficiently.
“Over the past two months, I have toured several manufacturing plants on the brink of closing or seriously considering relocating to other, more business-friendly jurisdictions. The current government has lost over 350,000 manufacturing jobs as we’ve seen plants close in communities and towns across Ontario. It’s obvious that this government is not serious about maintaining and growing our manufacturing sector,” said McNaughton. “It’s increasingly unaffordable to do business in Ontario and I place the blame squarely on the current government. We’re no longer competitive.”