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Economic Development eNews | January 2, 2019
Business Profile
Top feature photo: Shell Plant Manager Kelly McKinnon, left, with Travis Mallory and Tobi Proctor next to the one-litre production line.
Nancy Baryluk is lean practitioner certified, a quality auditor and production operator. Below, part of the Shell warehouse.
Mark Peacock and Pat Jutras in the automated batch blending area. Below, Brad McGrath with a labeling machine.
Shell invests $16M into local plant
BROCKVILLE - This New Year is going to see a major $16-million investment in the Shell Canada Products Limited facility.

Plant Manager Kelly McKinnon says the company is investing in the Brockville Lubricants Plant with next generation state-of-the-art equipment to allow the company to increase production and efficiency.

"With the volume growth, we hope to add additional shifts to handle the production. It's healthy for us and the community. It's a very exciting time for us," says Kelly.

The facility is already the largest blender and packager of retail passenger-car motor oils in Canada and is the newest facility of its type in North America.

The investment will focus on sustainability, digitization and technology to improve methods of operation, adds Kelly. "We excel at innovation and managing complexity and have been known for these attributes since we opened in 1991."

The major investment includes upgrades to the Process Control System, a Robotic Pail Palletiser and Shell will replace its one-litre line with a new palletiser conveyor system. Installation of a new battery will allow the facility to operate off the grid during peak usage times to reduce costs. A new hot oil heater will be more energy efficient.

"We're positioning ourselves to enable sustainability and growth. We're starting to see that volume materialize," says Kelly.

The local Shell facility achieved International Automotive Task Force's high certification standards in 2017 to supply major automotive companies, including Chrysler, Ford and GM. Shell produces motor oils, hydraulic and industrial oils, piston engine oil for aircraft, heavy-duty engine oils and produces Pennzoil, Quaker State and Shell brand products.

The plant recycles 91% of its waste and is in a leading position within the corporation for its recycling efforts. The Brockville site has been named the Best Performing Plant by Shell the past 2 years.

Learn more about Shell, located at 250 Laurier Boulevard, by visiting their website or by calling 613-498-5700.
Workshops and Seminars
Online Downtown Revitalization Community of Practice Info Session

WHEN: Thursday, January 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
WHERE: Online
COST: Free

This session facilitated by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will focus on the province-wide expansion of the Digital Main Street program. During the webinar, representatives from the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association and Digital Main Street will provide an overview of the initiative, the major activities and timelines you need to know, and the ways in which municipalities, businesses and other organizations can get involved.

Learn more, including how to register, by visiting the Ontario Regional Economic Development website. Contact this region's Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor Katie Nolan for more information at 613-258-8371.
Ontario Sheep Farmers hosting webinar for Small Ruminant Lenders

WHEN: Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Registration: 8:45 a.m. Session from 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Guelph OMAFRA office with WebEx locations in Kingston (945 Princess Street, Innovation Park) and Lindsay.
COST: $50 (lunch included)

This seminar provides information on the sheep and goat sectors to agricultural lenders and bankers. Key areas of focus will include state of the industry reports, producer profiles, cost of production data, as well as opportunities within both industries. The seminar is hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ontario Sheep Farmers.

Learn more by visiting the Ontario Sheep Farmers website.
Importing 101: An Introduction to Importing in Canada (Basic)

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27,
10 a.m. to 12 noon.
WHERE: Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia Street West, Entrance B, Smiths Falls
COST: $22.52

This seminar will provide a broad outline of what you need to know to start importing goods from abroad: Financial issues (Incoterms, payments, exchange rates, insurance), Canadian import regulations, labeling, quotas, Permits and Licenses, logistics costs and documentation required for smooth customs clearance, and Free Trade Agreements and their impact.
The Basics of Exporting

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27,
1-3 p.m.
WHERE: Small Business Advisory Centre, 91 Cornelia Street West, Entrance B, Smiths Falls
COST: $22.52

Speaker Christian Siviere, of Solimpex, will provide an overall view of what you need to know about exporting goods abroad: Financial issues, Canadian export regulations, Declarations and Permits, Logistics costs, Free Trade agreements and their impact, Regional differences (USA, Europe, Latin America, Asia), Shipping to trade shows, the roles and responsibilities of the exporter, importer, carrier and other intermediaries.
Learn more or to register visit our Workshops and Seminars page.
United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Office
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613-342-3840 | 1-800-770-2170 |  econdev@uclg.on.ca