Well, 2019 was very active year for EMC Members in SW Ontario. Strategic Interest Group Sessions were held throughout the Region with members traveling to Windsor, Chatham, London and Oxford County to benchmark and share best practices.
Visits to Canada Tube Form & Attica Mfg in London, Laval Tool & Mold & Centreline in Windsor, Enviroshake in Chatham, Freudenberg-NOK in Tillsonburg were just a few of the Plants visited this year. We touched on Maintenance Programs, Energy Usage, HR Disruption, Disaster Planning, Employee Training and Manufacturing 4.0, again just mentioning a few. Plant tours and group continuous improvement activities were included as valuable parts of this year’s sessions.
Members continued to be actively engaged in benchmarking and best practice sharing outside the sessions by using the National and Local Member Needs Help Services provided by EMC.
Great community partners like local Economic Development, Workforce Planning Boards & Post Secondary Institutions throughout SW Ontario continued to provide great support to EMC Members in 2019. They were all very willing to participate as topic experts and supporting organizations in Consortium activities.
The biggest news in SW Ontario Manufacturing in 2019 was the groundbreaking of the new $660 Million Maple Leaf Foods Facility in London. This will bring around 1500 jobs to the region. It is the largest Agri-Food investment in Canadian History! I am happy to report this new facility has already seen the value that EMC Membership can provide and formally joined the Consortium in 2019, as members.
Looking forward, 2020 will surely include a very active Strategic Interest Group schedule, taking place all over SW Ontario. First quarter sessions are currently being planned and will be communicated to the Consortiums upon finalization.
Lastly, I am very excited to be able to announce SW Ontario Consortium Members (London/Oxford/Elgin/Perth/Chatham-Kent/Windsor-Essex/Lambton) will see the launch of EMC’s fully funded Manufacturing Essentials Certificate Programs in 2020. These programs will provide training for production and supervisor staff. This training has been very successful across Canada and will be a great resource for SW Ontario EMC Members. More info to follow early in 2020!
Lastly, thanks so much for your continued support of EMC and for being EMC Members!
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