• New company bringing 100 jobs back to Convergys building

    by Kris Dubé The Welland Tribune

    Operations at Convergys are ending, but a new company from Toronto is setting up shop and bringing 100 jobs back to the same Welland building in the new year.

    In October, it was announced that the call centre on Lincoln Street would be hanging up for the last time on Dec. 8 after 16 years of employing Niagara residents.

    This prompted Kanetix Ltd., which claims to be Canada’s largest digital acquisition platform for insurance and financial services, to phone Welland city hall and begin working with the municipality on acquiring the site.

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  • Energy efficiency earns former GE plant a rebate

    Welland’s former GE Brilliant Factory generated a big rebate through the use of energy efficient lighting, said Welland Hydro’s conservation manager Sylvia Denton.

    Denton, along with hydro’s president and chief executive officer Wayne Armstrong and Perry Orosz, director of customer service and employee relations, made a stop at the factory — now called INNIO — Wednesday to drop off a cheque for $157,205.

    “When we found out GE was coming to Welland we reached out to them during the planning stages and started them on the high-performance new construction program through saveONenergy,” said Denton from inside the facility.

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  • New name for former GE Brilliant Factory

    by Nathaniel Johnson, Welland Tribune

    Welland’s GE Brilliant Factory has a new name and owner after private-equity firm Advent International completed its acquisition of GE’s Distributed Power business.

    Advent said Monday that it finalized the deal first announced in June and formed a new standalone energy company — INNIO.

    “We are aware the sale has been completed … we are establishing a meeting with new owners,” said Welland Mayor Frank Campion.

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  • Condo development breaks ground in Welland

    The Welland Tribune

    Rinaldi Homes broke ground on a new development in Welland last week.

    Drapers Creek will be an exclusive condominium townhome community consisting of 17 units surrounded by forested groves and green space, the company said in a release.

    Company president Jerry Rinaldi was joined by Mayor Frank Campion for the groundbreaking at the corner of Webber Road and Clare Avenue.

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  • Welland retirement home residence underway

    by Nathaniel Johnson, The Welland Tribune

    Work on a five-storey, 130-unit retirement home residence behind Welland Community Wellness Complex is underway, said Mayor Frank Campion.

    “I’m very happy to see the project moving forward,” he said.

    An excavator was busy tearing up the wellness complex parking lot on the south side, and a bulldozer and vibration road roller were busy levelling gravel on the east side. Fencing has gone up around the whole site, which also includes two nearby parcels of land for future retail use.

    It’s expected there will be some disruptions around the complex for a short period of time as infrastructure is put in place.

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