• GE plant taking shape in Welland

    Allan Benner, The Tribune

    General Electric’s new factory is beginning to take shape in Welland.

    The steel frame of the 45,000-square-metre facility is rising above 30 hectares of property along Highway 140, between Silverthorn Street and Buchner Road.

    Welland economic development officer Dan Degazio said contractor PCL Construction has had “great weather” since ground was broken on the US$165-million project in late August, keeping construction on schedule.

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  • Niagara College research division gets $7.3M boost

    By Laura Barton, Tribune Staff

    Niagara College is receiving $7.3 million from the federal government for a collaborative project with three other post-secondary institutions to support the manufacturing sector in the Golden Horseshoe.

    The project, called the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation (SONAMI), involves Niagara College’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Centre as well as the manufacturing centres of Mohawk and Sheridan colleges and McMaster University.

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  • Condo builder buying Welland land

    By Allan Benner, The Tribune

    A high-rise condominium likely won’t be added to Welland’s skyline, although a Toronto-based luxury condo developer is purchasing land in the city.

    City council voted Tuesday night to accept an offer from Plazacorp Investments to purchase 4.1 acres of land from the city, originally purchased in 2014 to build a new fire hall at 425 King St. and 153 Lincoln St.

    The property behind the Rexall at the corner of King and Lincoln streets was declared surplus at the Nov. 29 council meetingafter developers interested in buying it contacted the city.

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  • Galleria welcomes new stores

    By Laura Barton, Tribune Staff

    The Welland Galleria is beginning to fill up as more businesses move to the downtown core.

    Despite being open for three years, there are still many people that don’t know where or what the galleria is.

    “It’s like a quaint little mall right here in downtown Welland,” said Stephanie Hicks, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area.

    The 12-unit shopping centre was once The Peoples store, but was transformed in 2013 to accommodate smaller businesses.

    Inspire Hair Design has been there for two years already, but on Friday some other businesses officially joined it. The grand opening for four businesses was celebrated with cake and ribbon-cutting.

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  • Keynote speaks to Niagara’s impressive GE wooing

    by Don Fraser, The Standard

    Speedy Niagara collaboration was cited as crucial to a decision by a manufacturer in building a large plant here.

    On Thursday, Jeremy Amin, regional manager of global operations properties at General Electric Canada spoke at the Niagara Economic Summit about what sent the company to Welland.

    The chosen site, off of Highway 140, is expected to add 220 jobs and be fully operational by 2018.

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