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Norfolk Development News – May 26, 2017

The latest edition of Norfolk County Development News email has been published.

Latest headlines:

  • Spring projects keep building inspectors busy
  • Commercial / residential building planned
  • Open House June 1
  • Norfolk Fruitgrowers is an apple giant
  • Titan Trailers grows exports
  • Unilever successful in Norfolk County
  • MariCann medical cannabis company expands
  • Properties for Sale

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Maricann construction underway

MariCann Inc. of Norfolk County positioning itself to be a global leader in the production of marijuana for medicinal, commercial and recreational purposes, reports the Simcoe Reformer.

MariCann’s operation recently expanded its Langton-area operation from 8,000 square feet to 44,000 square feet. The company employs 60 people full-time, a number expected to rise to about 100 next January. Plans are in the works for a 217,000-square-foot expansion on 97 acres next door. Phase I will be completed this fall. Plans are to eventually grow the production area to 817,000 square feet.

System project manager Wayne Boudreau says consistency of output is critical to large-scale producers of legal marijuana who aspire to brand recognition: “This will probably be the most advanced hybrid greenhouse facility for marijuana when it is done,” Boudreau said at the scene.

MariCann Simcoe Reformer

Medicinal marijuana producer Maricann of Langton held an open house Wednesday where it shared details of a major expansion of its facility on North Walsingham Road 8, south of Glen Meyer. Excited about the construction to come are project managers Wayne Boudreau, left, and Jeff Ayotte. Photo: Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

 

Large building projects bloom

Norfolk County’s Building Division reports many construction projects underway this spring, among them three larger developments of note:

  • $1.4 million renovation of Food Basics in the Simcoe Town Centre mall
  • $657,000 expansion of Toyotetsu auto parts plant in northwest Simcoe
  • $1.8 million Procyk Farms building project near Wilsonville

Total construction values and volumes set records last year, as development continues at a strong pace in Norfolk County.

Open House June 1

On June 1 at our office at 185 Robinson Street, Simcoe, meet staff with Norfolk County’s Development & Cultural Services Department in an informal setting. Enjoy coffee and refreshments from 8:00-8:30am followed by a tour and Q&A of representatives from the Divisions (Building & By-Law Enforcement, Community Planning, Tourism & Economic Development, Heritage & Culture).

Opportunities for businesses and developers to meet one-on-one with Norfolk County staff to initiate conversations about projects to set up appointments for meetings to follow up.

RAB building

 

Official Plan heading to Council for review

On June 6, 2017, the Official Plan Review staff report will go before Norfolk County Council-In-Committee. It will include all written comments received on the draft amendments to the Official Plan. 

The documents can be found at www.norfolkcounty.ca/opr under Draft Amendments to the Official Plan. In addition to the staff report, the track changes version of the text and the revised schedules are located there. Written comments on the draft amendments closed on May 25. Verbal comments are welcome on June 6 at Council but speakers must register through the Clerk’s office by June 1 at noon. 

Mary Elder, Matt Reniers and Pam Duesling

Mary Elder, Matt Reniers and Pam Duesling of Community Planning presented the draft Official Plan to Council on May 18, 2017 / Simcoe Reformer photo

Commercial/residential building planned for southwest Simcoe

Community Planning has received a minor variance application for a two-unit commercial building with four residential apartments on the second storey. The property is located at the corner of Evergreen Hill Road and Queen Street in Simcoe. A takeout restaurant and a convenience store are planned for the lower level. A site plan application will be coming forward shortly.

Evergreen and Queen

Evergreen and Queen

Business start-up funding available for Grade 6-12 students

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – May 2, 2017 – Norfolk County is Ontario’s Garden, taking the lead in growing young entrepreneurs in partnership with established businesses and organizations.

Norfolk County students in Grades 6 to 12 with a summer business idea may receive up to $300 to start up their operations, if they apply to the Student Start Up Program (SSUP). Deadline to apply is Friday, June 23, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. The process is simple: students complete an online or paper form, adding supporting documents, if they wish.

“Applying is easy,” said Jerry Sucharyna, Economic Development Analyst with Norfolk County’s Tourism and Economic Development office. “The more information provided by the student increases their chances of being approved.”

Last year, Norfolk County staff presented information to classes in all but two schools in all local school boards. Presentations will happen again this spring.

Successful student applicants will be notified by the end of June and receive $200 each to start their businesses. Those who submit a final report and photo of their business at the end of the summer will receive an additional $100.

For more information, go to norfolkbusiness.ca/ssup-norfolk or contact Norfolk County at 519-426-5870 ext 1305 or email jerry.sucharyna@norfolkcounty.ca.

Last year, 40 student businesses involving 52 students were funded. Sponsors in 2016 included Annex Business Media, Titan Trailers, Van Amerongen & Son, Rassaun Services, MHN Lawyers, The Beach House, CarStar Collison & Glass Service, Picard’s, Venture Norfolk, Norfolk Rotaract Club, The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show, MyFM, Simcoe Reformer and Whistling Gardens.

More sponsorship interest has already been expressed for 2017. Repeat sponsors are enthusiastic about the difference the program has made and provincial recognition.

SSUP was awarded Best Private-Public Partnership by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario earlier this year, plus an honourable mention in the best-of-show category awarded by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

 

 

Canada’s Asparagus Capital

Norfolk County is Canada’s Asparagus Capital. Norfolk County grows more asparagus than any other region in Canada. Our climate and soil is perfect for growing this nutritious spring vegetable.

The Grower recently highlighted Norfolk County asparagus in its email newsletter.

Asparagus harvest is underway in earnest this week according to Bernie Solymar, general manager, Asparagus Farmers of Ontario. The heart of asparagus production is in Norfolk County, along the shores of Lake Erie, where volumes should pick up for first supplies to retailers by May 5. That’s barring any unforeseen weather disruptions.

Mike Kungl, an asparagus grower near St. Williams, Ontario, has 50 acres in production.  Profiled in the May cover story of The Grower, he explains how soil fertility is a key ingredient to long-term success of this perennial species. 

“Growers are taking soil fertility more seriously,” says Kungl. “My soil textures are variable from sharp sand to sandy loam.”

The story updates The Grower’s feature on his father Joseph in June 1995 – 22 years ago. At that time, the family recollected cutting 33 acres during a hot spring of 1988 and harvesting 6,000 pounds of asparagus in one day.

Titan Trailers grows exports

Titan Trailers is expanding its export markets in Austalia, the United Kingdom and the United States, all part of its multi-year plan to employ more manufacturing workers in Norfolk County.

Founder Mike Kloepfer recently led a tour of the Courtland-area plant with Mayor Charlie Luke and senior Norfolk County staff. He showcased several truck trailers that were headed to Australia, where they will be used to transport Blue Gum tree chips to glossy paper manufacturers for Japan’s magazine publishing industry.

Last August, Titan Trailers purchased an assembly plant in Middlesbrough, England. About 25 employees there will receive shipments of kits built in Canada, then assemble them for the U.K. and European market. Orders from clients in those markets has more than doubled over the past two years.

Titan Trailers recently designed a new state-of-the-art waste transport trailer for an American buyer. That contract will necessitate the expansions at the factory in Norfolk County.

Currently Titan Trailers employs about 200 workers in Norfolk County. About 50 more workers will be needed for the 92,000-square-foot Phase 2 now under construction. A third phase with even more jobs is in the works.

Titan Trailers has a dedicated research and development team. The company has several patented technologies, including thin walls, horizontal welds, walking floors, and eclipse front ends.

Unilever success in Norfolk County

Unilever’s 1.2-billion annual business in Canada includes the 264,000-square-foot ice cream manufacturing and packaging plant in Norfolk County.

It is operated by over 300 employees, producing Klondike, Magnum, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, and Popsicle brands.

The plant is part of Unilever’s global plans to operate as an environmentally responsible manufacturer, achieved zero waste by landfill status.