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Wynne announces $26M for GE plant
Wynne announces GE Plant
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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GE Ground Breaking Video
GE Incentives 'an investment in our future' 
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As work continues to build the General Electric plant in Welland, city staff are doing their best to keep the project moving.

Mayor Frank Campion said the municipality is "busy preparing and processing building permits" to accommodate the 45,000-square-metre facility under construction in Harry Diffin Industrial Park off of Highway 140.

"It's all systems go as far as that goes," he said during an online Chat with the Mayor, posted on the Tribune's website www.wellandtribune.ca .

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BIZZBUZZ: Welland company offers alternative wine bottle
new wine bottle
David D'Angelo started Trivium Industries hoping to find innovative and environmentally friendly ways of producing plastic bottles.

"We looked at stuff that was biodegradable and a lot of ways of just switching traditional glass bottles to plastic," he said.

D'Angelo's Welland-based business got its start producing plastic bottles for use in the cosmetic industry, including for shampoos and lotions. But the Niagara Falls native never stopped looking for additional uses for his company's products.

"Wine was one right off the bat I was interested in from when I started the company," D'Angelo said.

But transitioning from glass to plastic poses challenges for various products, including wine.

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