by Kelly Roche
Welland, Ont., has hardly been known as a hotbed for growth, historically speaking. However, that has changed in the past couple of years.
“It’s quite a different picture from 10 years ago,” the City of Welland’s economic development officer Lina DeChellis told RENX in a recent interview. During the recession in 2008, “our friends were losing their jobs,” she said. “It was hard to see that.”
But today, cranes are everywhere — development is officially booming.
The catalyst came in 2016, when construction started on what was then called General Electric’s “brilliant” manufacturing facility: a custom-built, state-of-the-art 480,000-square-foot plant near Hwy. 140 and E. Main Street.
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