• GE already producing spinoff industry

    By Dave Johnson, Tribune Staff

    Welland’s keys to success are its aggressiveness, its willingness to keep potential investors engaged and not looking elsewhere, its incentive programs and having land serviced and ready to go, says Frank Campion.

    “We’re not shy,” says the mayor.

    He says the president of GE Canada remarked that’s one of the reasons the company decided to move to the Rose City in 2016.

    “We were in very stiff competition for GE … we were able to land them because of our incentive programs and having serviced land available. We weren’t being considered at all and then it was like, ‘What’s going on with Welland?’ We essentially stole GE from Quebec and some other Ontario municipalities.”

    Campion says that was really the catalyst for the city’s successes and growth last year.

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  • GE plant moving along well

    By Dave Johnson, Tribune Staff

    Construction of GE’s Welland Brilliant Factory is moving at a fast and furious pace, says Mayor Frank Campion.

    “I was there two weeks ago. It’s amazing how quickly it’s being put together,” Campion said of the 45,000-square-metre facility under construction in Harry Diffin Industrial Park on the west side of Highway 140 between Buchner Road and Silverthorn Street.

    The mayor said he’s been to the site a few times now, starting with when the concrete foundation was poured and when walls were being assembled.

    His latest visit saw him tour inside the facility, where at least 300 people were working.

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  • Mr. Mikes steakhouse ‘a home-run’

    by Michelle Allenberg, The Tribune

    Wellanders now have another choice when it comes to dining out.

    Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual has been serving up medium-rare orders on Niagara Street near Seaway Mall since opening Nov. 21. The Welland location is the chain’s first to open in Ontario.

    Mike Gowan and his two brothers, Paul Gowan and Don Gowan, partnered with their friend Greg Smith to open the restaurant. The four partners are longtime Welland residents and have a deep connection to the people and community.

    Rick Villalpando, vice-president of business development, said the Mr. Mikes team felt the four men were a perfect fit for the franchise. When looking to branch out, Villalpando said, the franchise looks for small towns with people who are deeply rooted in their community — Welland felt like the perfect place.

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  • MiniWarGaming making a move

    By Michelle Allenberg, Tribune Staff

    This army is on the march.

    MiniWarGaming Inc., co-owners Matthew Glandfield and David Nodquist have big plans for their business.

    The company was awarded the 2017 Business of the Year during the Welland and Pelham Chamber of Commerce Ruby Awards. Nodquist and Glandfield create YouTube videos and provide information about the table top strategy game Miniature War Games. The strategy game is a type of role-play game that incorporates figurines, landscapes, and additional props, in miniature size.

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  • New court facility opens in Welland

    by Michelle Allenberg, The Tribune

    After 17 months of construction, Niagara’s Provincial Offences Court Facility opened Monday on East Main Street in Welland.

    The facility, at the former Empire public school site, was completed under budget and on time — the cost was $12.4 million. The building was constructed to replace the older court facilities in Welland and Niagara Falls which were closed last Thursday, Oct 19. The former buildings were rented by Niagara Region, but the new facility is owned by the the Region.

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