130 new manufacturing jobs are expected to be created at three Waterloo Region firms.
The positions are being created with help from the provincial government through its Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.
The government says the money will also help to retain 476 existing positions over the next four years.
Close to $2-million will be shared by Kodiak Group Holdings, Tenneco Canada and Upland.
Tenneco receives the bulk of the funding: about $1-million.
Tenneco Plant Manager Antonio Melo says, “We are happy to partner with the Ontario government to grow our facility in Cambridge. Our plant has strong roots in the community that date back more than 100 years. This community has a talented workforce who we rely on to produce our Clean Air systems.”
Kodiak President Kevin Huckle says, “Kodiak is a trusted name in Canadian footwear. We are pleased to partner with the Ontario government to move production to Cambridge. We will continue to use the latest technology to give Canadians and consumers around the world the very best in footwear.”
Upland Technologies President Mohamed Gharib says, “This important investment in Upland’s facility means greater opportunity for us to expand market shares and diversify into new market segments. Through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, we are providing 21 new full-time jobs, training and apprenticeship programs, and employment for new graduates.”