2017 has been another great year of visiting and speaking with Manufacturers across Ontario, the Maritimes and out west. Conversation after conversation have highlighted just how much growth and innovation is being accomplished by Manufacturers.
New Products, New Equipment and Processes, improvements resulting from Continuous Improvement activities, Cost Reductions, Quality Improvements, Yield Improvements, Entering New Markets, etc., etc. and the list goes on. In addition, the focus on Health and Safety, Environmental Impacts, Employee Engagement, Risk Assessment and Contingency Planning, Energy Reduction, Employee Development and Training, all facets of a manufacturing business that are receiving heightened attention and with huge success. What a pleasure it is to walk the plant floors and see the results of all these activities.
And anyone who doesn’t believe that Canadian Manufacturers are making great advances just needs to take the time and opportunity of visiting other EMC Members- attend a SIG !!
The great news is that the SR&ED program along with Government Grants continue to pump significant $$’s back into Canadian manufacturing, supporting innovation; Innovation of new products, product enhancements, improvements supporting the constant drive for improved quality, lower cost and increased customer value. SR&ED Tax Credits/Refunds and Government Grants are helping companies remain competitive and viable in this Global environment.
As always, if we can assist in any way with understanding these programs or help with ensuring that you are getting the best possible benefit ($$), be sure to let us know.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that I had the chance to speak with during the year, in many cases to also tour your plants and especially for the sharing of all the good things you have going on.
So a huge vote of thanks to those Manufacturers who have invited us into your plants or have taken the time to talk with us. In return, hopefully the information and suggestions we have been able to share have been worthwhile and in the case of our Value Added Programs have netted some significant $$$ for your business.
Hopefully as you all spend time with Family and Friends over the holiday, you are able to find the time to just sit back and relax.
All the best over the Holidays and looking forward to seeing many of you again in the new year!!