On Friday, February 23, 2018, the Economic Development Advisory Committee held its annual Industrial Appreciation event at the Brantford Golf and Country Club. This is the tenth year in a row that the Committee has partnered with the Rotary Club of Brantford to host the event.
“Recognizing the valuable contribution that industry makes to the economic development of the City of Brantford is vital,” states Committee Chair Allan Lovett. “Brantford continues to be an excellent location for new business, as well as existing business, to grow and succeed. Last year continued the trend of Brantford being a location of choice for business, as we welcomed 12 new industrial businesses to the City.”
The Industrial Appreciation event annually recognizes new industrial firms opened in the past year, long-standing companies established 45 years ago, and a Brantford Ambassador award. This award is presented to an individual or organization who through their own efforts has promoted and contributed to Brantford’s economic development.
“We’re very grateful to the Rotary Club for allowing our committee the opportunity to be partners in introducing and welcoming the City’s newest industrial corporate citizens, recognizing longstanding manufacturing mainstays and saluting exceptional Brantford ambassadors,” stated Lovett. “This event allows us to formally and publicly recognize the contribution their investments are making to the economic development of the City of Brantford.”
Twelve new industries established in 2017 were recognized this year: Salumatics, Archaeological Research Associates Ltd., CRALER, Renown Inc., Manchester Pet Supplies, Executive Mat Service, Maple Leaf BBQ Huts, Bropak Inc., Trackem, Up Cannabis (formerly Hemisphere Pharmaceuticals), AH McElroy (Canada) Ltd. and Pacorini Canada Limited.
Three Long-Standing companies established 45 years ago in 1972 were recognized: Bialas Printing Limited, Lanca Contracting Limited, and McLean Foundry Limited.
In appreciation of a decade long partnership, the Economic Development Advisory Committee selected the Rotary Club of Brantford as their Member Brantford Ambassador. For 10 years, Rotary has welcomed the committee and provided an excellent forum to recognize businesses and individuals that provide our community with the economic diversity that we enjoy. In that time, EDAC and Rotary have recognized 116 new companies, 18 long-standing business and 12 Ambassadors. In addition, the programs and initiatives that Rotary has championed have helped to create an engaged community with an attractive "quality of place", both key considerations for companies when making investment and business location decisions. And fittingly in 2017, Rotary marked their centenary - a 100 years of “service above self.” EDAC expressed gratitude to Rotary for their continued support of this event and look forward to 10 more successful years.