Brantford’s New Business and Construction Growth Continues in 2013 

For Immediate Release
5/23/2013 
Contact: John Frabotta, Director Economic Development & Tourism 
Phone: 519-751-9900 

Building on the good news in 2012, Brantford has welcomed nine new industries and related businesses since the beginning of 2013. 

  • NutraBlend Foods Inc.
  • Channel Control Merchants Corp.
  • Energentium Inc.
  • Terrafix Groundworks (Canada)
  • Tarpstop (Q2)
  • Urban Tactical
  • Mapp Steel Inc.
  • Wing’s Food Products
  • Exel Canada

These businesses occupy 580,037 square feet of industrial space. Since 2011, the City’s vacant industrial space inventory has decreased by 63% or 1.618 million square feet, and currently 946,930 square feet remain available.

As the second fastest growing census metropolitan area in Ontario from 2006 to 2011 (Statistics Canada, 2011 Census), Brantford is experiencing steady growth. Mayor Chris Friel says, “We have attracted a good range of companies that offer advanced manufacturing, clean technology and innovative products and services. Brantford continues to diversify and develop its economic base with small- and medium-sized firms.”

The City’s Economic Development and Tourism Department’s goal is to bring new businesses to the City and support the growth of existing businesses. Phil Artman of Energentium Inc. said, “About a year ago, we approached the Economic Development and Tourism Department hoping to get help and guidance with our start-up; we were concerned and anxious as we were going to invest a substantial amount of money and resources into this new venture in a city we knew nothing about. To say that the Department was helpful would be a gross understatement, I want to take this opportunity and thank Brantford’s Economic Development Department for the great help and the work that they do.”

Several Brantford industries are working on expansion plans that will see more employees hired and additional space leased or built in 2013, according to John Frabotta, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. Brantford is delivering on its Community Strategic Plan’s Economic Vitality & Innovation strategic action, “create an investor friendly environment which rolls out the red carpet, not the red tape.” 

First Gulf Corporation president, John MacNeil, is happy to do business in Brantford, “I have had the privilege of doing development and construction across North America and I can say without hesitation, that the performance of Brantford City staff is without equal. Your efforts ensured that the project would locate in Brantford and as a result the City will benefit from jobs and realty taxes for years to come.” 

First Gulf provided land and will build the additional space needed for the consolidation of Mabe’s eastern Canada operations in Brantford. The capital investment of $14 million will increase Mabe’s space by 170,000 square feet. Work has begun and 10 new hires are expected when the consolidation is completed at the end of the year. 

Brantford experienced great economic growth in 2012 with14 new industrial firms locating in the City, creating 244 new jobs and occupying 739,617 square feet. Existing businesses demonstrated confidence in Brantford by expanding in 2012 – creating 192 new jobs and generating $49,163,000 in building permit value. The largest of these investments was Ferrero Canada Ltd.’s construction of a new 495,000 square foot warehouse distribution centre that will accommodate Ferrero’s 15-year projected growth plan. 

Industries By the Numbers

January 1, 2011 to May 15, 2013

 New Industries   45 
 Jobs Created (including expansions)  1480   
 Newly Built Industrial Space 876,816 sq. ft. 
 Leased Industrial Space  2,130,146 sq. ft.
Vacant Industrial Space Inventory 946,930 sq. ft.
(decrease of 1,618,469 sq. ft.)