$2.5 million to help longstanding Brampton manufacturer scale up to meet demand and decrease environmental footprint
November 13, 2020 – Brampton, Ontario
Advanced manufacturing is a cornerstone of Canada’s economy, producing goods for domestic and international markets while supporting well-paying jobs for Canadians across the country. As technology transforms manufacturing, southern Ontario companies are innovating and revolutionizing their processes to stay on the cutting edge as they seek opportunities for growth and recovery in the face of COVID-19.
Automating processes to boost capacity and meet market demand
Today, Maninder Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Brampton East, announced a FedDev Ontario investment of $2.5 million to support the scale-up of Woodlore International Inc. (Woodlore), a family-owned manufacturer of commercial grade office furniture and storage units, and other products for the healthcare, education and hospitality sectors. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
Through this expansion project, Woodlore will adopt a combination of Industry 4.0 manufacturing software and AI-enabled technologies to implement a state-of-the-art automated furniture panel production line—the first of its kind in Ontario—to increase capacity by nearly 50 percent and to satisfy market demand. In addition, Woodlore’s expansion will reduce raw material scraps to 13 percent, supporting Woodlore’s competitive sustainability efforts to divert waste from landfills.
With FedDev Ontario support, Woodlore will create six new full-time jobs and upskill 18 existing jobs to higher paid operating positions, with the goal of creating more jobs in the future. By 2022, Woodlore expects to inject $24 million into the regional supply chain each year, as it sources over 85 percent of its materials from local Ontario suppliers.