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$125 million manufacturing boost in southwestern Ontario

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DS Actimo Canada (formerly DS C&K Inc.), is investing over $60 million to build a 107,000 square-foot facility in Windsor, marking the company’s first manufacturing plant in North America. PHOTO courtesy DS Actimo Canada.

The Ontario government is supporting $125 million in investments by four companies to expand local manufacturing capacity in the automotive and food processing sectors in Windsor and Leamington.

This includes a $60 million investment from DS Actimo Canada, to build a new facility to manufacture components for electric vehicle (EV) batteries and a $15.6 million investment by. Integrity Tool & Mold Inc. to increase its Windsor production capacity.

“Windsor and Leamington have a proud history of manufacturing excellence, and thanks to continued investment in the region, we are confident that our targeted approach to fostering stability and growth across our economy is working,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

In support of these four new investments, Ontario is providing the companies with nearly $12 million in investments through the province’s Regional Development Program (RDP).

DS Actimo Canada (formerly DS C&K Inc.), a subsidiary of South Korea-based DSEV, is investing over $60 million to build a 107,000 square-foot facility in Windsor, marking the company’s first manufacturing plant in North America. The plant will manufacture battery cell module cases with wiring components for EV batteries, including those to be produced at NextStar Energy Inc.’s $5 billion EV battery manufacturing plant. The project is supported by $5 million in funding through the RDP and will create 96 new jobs.

Integrity Tool & Mold Inc. is a global leader in the tool and mold industry that supplies parts to a wide range of industries, including those in the automotive supply chain. With an investment of over $15.6 million, the company will adopt state-of-the-art technology at their new Windsor facility to increase their production capacity. The project is supported by over $2.3 million in funding through the RDP and will create 25 new jobs.

Kautex Textron is a plastic fuel tank manufacturer in Windsor serving the automotive industry, and is the only plastic fuel tank manufacturer in Canada. With an investment of almost $23 million, the company is building a new battery skid plate manufacturing facility to produce battery casings for EVs using advanced composite materials. The project is supported by $1.5 million in funding through the RDP and will create 12 new jobs.

Highbury Canco Corp. produces a variety of food products. With an investment of over $26.5 million, the company will modernize their facility and increase their processing and warehouse capacity. The project is supported by more than $3.1 million in funding through the RDP and will create 20 new jobs.

The government launched the RDP for eastern and southwestern Ontario in November 2019. Through this program, businesses and municipalities can get financial support and guided access to a range of complementary services and supports. To date, Ontario’s Regional Development Program has supported more than 110 projects through the program, leveraging more than $1.6 billion in new investments and helping to create over 3,000 jobs. The next intake round for RDP applications opened on April 11, 2024.

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