FERGUS – Michael Chong, MP for Wellington–Halton Hills, announced an investment of up to $520,650 for Walinga Inc. from the federal government under Canada’s Economic Action Plan. Walinga employs 190 people at its two facilities in Wellington County.

“Our government is committed to creating jobs and supporting the people, communities and businesses of southern Ontario,” said MP Michael Chong. “This investment will provide an immediate economic stimulus while supporting Walinga’s production capacity and its workers.”

“This funding will allow us to fast track a major project involving ongoing reorganization and modernization of production facilities at our Guelph location,” said Butch Medemblik, Operations Manager. “This will help us improve manufacturing efficiencies and maintain our position as a leader in our industry in today’s global marketplace.”

Walinga is a leading North American manufacturer of transportation equipment and portable pneumatic conveying systems for a wide range of dry bulk materials. Walinga is a family owned and operated company that produces a wide range of transportation equipment, including bulk feed bodies and trailers, pneumatic conveying systems, recycling collection and dump truck bodies, each highly customized and built to exact standards. Every stage of the manufacturing process from design to completion is performed by Walinga.

Funding for this project comes from the Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP), under which productivity improvements will occur which will help maintain and create jobs at this local manufacturer. The SODP was established to promote economic development, economic diversification, job creation and sustainable communities in southern Ontario. The SODP is just one in a series of initiatives introduced in the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan designed to address the short-term effects of the global recession on communities across Canada, while preparing our communities for long-term growth. For more information on Canada’s Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.