The dirt flies as the speakers break the ground during the ceremony for Welland_s upcoming General Electric Brilliant Factory. From left_ President of GE Distributed Power Heiner Markhoff_ GE Vice Chairman John Rice_ Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland_ Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne_ Welland Mayor Frank Campion_ GE President Elyse Allan and Regional Chair Alan Caslin. Laura Barton_Welland Tribune
Calling it "the next generation of manufacturing," Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a $26.5-million Jobs and Prosperity Fund grant for General Electric's planned factory on Silverthorn Street in Welland.
Through the grant, the GE location, off of Highway 140, will be able to create 220 jobs and have a positive impact on the economy.
"This is an exciting, exciting day for Welland, for the Niagara Region and for Ontario," she said. "In this day and age, a global company like GE can choose to invest anywhere."
Elyse Allan, president and chief executive officer of GE Canada, said this factory is the country's first "brilliant factory."
"Several years ago, GE announced a challenging and exciting ambition to shift from a traditional industrial company to a company that really embraces what's happening in the world around digital technology," she said.
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