A quick look back of the year of 2018 for the London/Middlesex/Oxford/Elgin Consortium of EMC details lots of great activity. Local EMC Members continued to share best practices and benchmark, helping each other to grow and continuously improve.
EMC Members visited Trudell Medical, NRC Canada, Starlim NA, 3M London, J/E Bearing and The Original Cakerie to just mention a handful of the always very well attended monthly Strategic Interest Group Sessions. The local Consortium welcomed 14 new Manufacturing members to the group in 2018, bringing the total number of London EMC Region Members to just about 130 Manufacturers.
Other highlights of 2018 included a very well attended Manufacturing Matters half day conference in London, that saw close to 600 local Manufacturing professionals learning about relevant topics to the sector. This event is hosted by EMC, the London Region Manufacturing Council & London Economic Development. Local EMC Members also opened their doors in great numbers to host high school tours for over 600 local high school students.
Overall 2018 was a great year for London Region Manufacturers. Most were very busy and growing. The biggest issue facing local Manufacturers this year and the upcoming year is and will be finding enough people & workforce development. We had a more than a couple local manufacturers do some large physical expansion and mass hiring’s. Well many, many others were also growing their workforce.
Some huge news in the Region that was just announced in late November was that Maple Leaf Foods was moving to London. This massive new plant is the single largest investment in the Canadian Food Sector, ever. The 660 Million Dollar Facility will be the most technologically advance facility of its kind in the world and bring 1800 new well-paying jobs to the region. This announcement is also a huge boon for all the local companies that will be working as suppliers to Maple Leaf Foods.
The Region’s 2019 Strategic Interest Group session is coming together nicely. In January we will be revisiting NRC Canada in London, to get an update on there “Factory of the Future” labs. We will also hear a presentation on “Disrupting Traditional HR Thinking”. We will be visiting Canada Tube Form in February and Brose in March, these are just a few of the great sessions planned for 2019!
Lastly, I would sincerely like to thank all the London Region EMC Members & supporters. It is a pleasure working with you all. I appreciate your support and you actively participating in the Consortium. Whether you get out to the monthly SIG’s, participate in best practice sharing conversations via email or use other EMC programs & resources, we are here to help anyway we can. I would also like to thank all the great Community Partners in the region who provide so much support and resources for local Manufacturers. These groups include; London Economic Development, London Region Manufacturing Council, Local Workforce Planning Board, Woodstock Economic Development, Tillsonburg Economic Development, Fanshawe College, Lambton College, Western University, The Ministry of Economic Dev, The Ministry of Labour to name a few.
Happy Holidays! I am looking forward to working with you all in 2019
Jason Bates EMC London/Middlesex/Oxford/Elgin Region