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Truss manufacturer coming to Welland
This file photo shows lumber stacked up. A new truss manufacturing and lumber warehouse will be built in Welland on Woodlawn Road. - JONATHAN HAYWARD, The Canadian Press file photo
A new truss manufacturing and lumber warehouse to be built in Welland will bring between 51 and 74 full-time equivalent jobs in the future.
Alpha Properties Inc. is proposing the four-building, 8,875.30 square metre development - a total private sector investment of approximately $18.5 million - be built at 7 Woodlawn Rd., in the Niagara Gateway Economic Zone and Centre.
Tuesday, Welland city council approved a tax increment based rebate program application by the company in the amount of $941,826.33 over 10 years, and a rebate of the site plan control application fee of $2,331.
Welland moving up in the world
of open data
Welland's moving up in the world - the world of open data that is.
It now ranks 16th out of 55 participating municipalities in the recently published Public Sector Digest 2019 Open Cities Index survey results.
A release from the city said it now sits at the 71st percentile for the 2019 survey, up from the 67th percentile in 2017.
Niagara ranked No. 1 among research colleges in Canada
Niagara College president Dan Patterson announces the school is the top college in Canada for research and development funding. - Bob Tymczyszyn, Torstar
Niagara College has been named Canada's top college for research, but that's not what pleases Marc Nantel most.

It's the steady climb to the No. 1 ranking among the top 50 nationwide - and the likelihood Niagara can stay at or near the top in the next few years - that makes him happy.

Visual arts, technology at Niagara College get $1M boost
Saltfleet District High School students sit in the new Marilyn I. Walker Centre of Excellence in Visual Arts and Technology at Niagara College. - Dave Johnson, Torstar
Marilyn I. Walker Centre of Excellence opens at Welland campus

Visual arts and technology programs at Niagara College has received a $1-million gift from the estate of a Niagara philanthropist.

On Tuesday, the college officially opened the Marilyn I. Walker Centre of Excellence at its Welland campus.

ASW Steel sale an opportunity to expand workforce: Clutterbuck
The casting area at ASW Valbruna Inc. - ASW Valbruna Inc., Special to Torstar
The former  ASW Steel plant in Welland is operating at approximately one-third of its potential capacity - and its recent sale to a company headquartered in Europe could change that.

That's according to Tim Clutterbuck, president of the plant now known as Valbruna  ASW Inc.

Mount Welland dumping coming to an end
A bulldozer pushes dirt on the site of the old Atlas landfill in Welland. Dubbed Mount Welland by locals, the site will be capped by the end of the month and turned over to the city in the new year. - Dave Johnson, Torstar
River Road site expected to take 8,000 tonnes more of fill over next two weeks
Walker Environmental will be finished with the former Atlas landfill site in the next two weeks.
Walker Environmental Group almost ready to hand over Atlas landfill site to Welland
Walker Environmental is nearly finished with the former Atlas landfill site on River Road, Welland city councillors heard this week. - Julie Jocsak, Torstar
Walker Environmental Group will be finished with the Atlas landfill site by the end of the month and will turn the property over to the City of Welland before year's end.

"We have a little more waste coming in this month ... November will see the final grading of the site," Mike Deprez, vice-president of transfer and disposal for Walker Industries, told Welland politicians Tuesday night.
Welland to examine its economic development direction
Dan and Lina
In this file photo, from left Grant Munday, Wellands manager of development approvals, and Dan Degazio, and Lina DeChellis, both from the economic development department, look over a new industrial park. Welland will have a consultant examine its economic development direction. - Kris Dube, Torstar
With names like Innio (formerly GE), Northern Gold Foods, Athena Donair Distributors Ltd. and Devron filling Welland's industrial parks in the past few years, the city's economic development department wants to make sure it's still on the right track.
That's why the city authorized the spending of $75,300 on a consultant to look at its economic development strategic plan and advanced manufacturing attraction strategy.
Part of the money - $32,500 - is coming from the federal government's Invest Canada-Community Initiatives fund.
Tax Break Granted for 80-room Holiday Inn Express to be built by Welland Walmart
The site of where a four-storey, 80-room hotel could go up behind Walmart in Welland. - Dave Johnson, Torstar file photo
An 80-room Holiday Inn Express to be built behind Welland's Walmart store will save just more than $1 million in taxes over 10 years through a city rebate program.
It will also get a rebate of $2,331 through a site control plan fee exemption being granted after city council passed a report recommending both Tuesday night.
Ward 2 Coun. David McLeod is "absolutely" in support of the rebates and said Welland has truly turned the corner with the new hotel to be built by JBT Hospitality at 224 Power Dr.
Power Drive is on what's called Niagara Centre Business Park by commercial, industrial and residential developer  The Prime Way Group. It's accessed from River Road.
Dan Degazio, Director of Economic Development
Corporation of the City of Welland
905-735-1700 ext 2110 or 1-800-735-3771 
Fax: 905-735-1543 
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