Funding will trigger $44 million in new investments and create 78 jobs

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Diversification of the local economy was boosted Monday with Ontario’s Regional Development Program investing nearly $2 million in three local businesses, which will spend $44 million on expansions creating 78 jobs.

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Two of the companies, Medicap Laboratories and Canadian Premier Supplements, operate in the health and nutrition sector, while Cedar Valley Selections produces natural salad dressings and pita chips.

“What stood out was the advanced manufacturing,” said Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli, explaining why the companies got the funding .

“The re-shoring – now we’re going to do things here that we didn’t do before.

“The ecosystem is there. You have the automobile, but this advanced manufacturing technology can be translated, in this case, into the production of pharmaceutical supplements.

Medicap Laboratories will receive $926,640 for a $38 million investment in its Windsor plant. The expansion will create 50 jobs

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Canadian Premier Supplements will receive $770,332 for a planned $5 million expansion of its Windsor plant that will add 20 employees

Oldcastle-based company Cedar Valley Selections plans to invest $1 million to add a production line for its new range of pita chips which will create eight jobs. The company will receive $162,134 from the Regional Development Fund.

“This funding will help Medicap Laboratories achieve the next level of development in the nutraceutical manufacturing industry,” said Hema Patel, president of Medicap.

“It will help increase productivity by increasing efficiency and high-performance machinery, improving environmentally friendly processes and increasing skilled employment.

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“This will help Medicap to negotiate, enter and maintain itself in the competitive international nutriceutical market.”

Medicap currently has about thirty employees.

The Medicap project also involves the new firm Softab Technologies, which will operate from the same building.

Medicap will invest $30 million to add new machinery, automation, labor, materials, green rooms, and specialized filtration and HVAC systems.

“We plan to increase our production capacity by 200%,” said Medicap’s director of business operations, Rahul Rajpura.

“This will include the manufacture of tablets, capsules and gummies. Currently, there are no candy factories in Ontario.

“This will be the first manufacturing facility of its kind in Ontario.

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The remaining $8 million will be spent by SofTab, which will be the North American manufacturer of Vitux’s patented ConCordix Soft Chew nutritional and health supplements.

The Windsor venture is Vitux’s (concordix.com/about-vitux) first expansion outside of Norway.

The Medicap project will run for three to four years while Softab expects to be operational by mid-September.

Although the plant is still several months away from being operational, SofTab President Vancho Cirovski said that half of the company’s capacity in the first year of production has already been exhausted.

“It’s amazing technology,” Cirovski said.

“There are only two machines (in the world), both already in Norway, the third is coming here and we have room for an extension for a second machine.

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“Part of the investment is potential for growth and adding a new machine.”

Cirovski said the German-made machine, which costs $5 million, is expected to arrive in Windsor in July.

Canadian Premier Supplements has similar global ambitions, and the funding will increase production and packaging capacity and efficiency, allowing it to explore new markets and become more competitive.

  1. Vic Fedeli (center), Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, explains how provincial grants have benefited automated manufacturing at Lakeshore-based tool and mold company CNCTech.com, owned by Donny Butler ( left) and his brother Kevin Butler (right).  Photographed November 16, 2021.

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  2. Employees of Cavalier Tool and Manufacturing Ltd.  Jeremy Mateciuk, left, and Tony Copetrone are shown September 26, 2018, mounting a mold cavity on a Hermle 5-axis CNC high-speed machining center.

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  3. Lyz Meloche, Commercial Manager, Ray Sauve, Production Manager and Rob Krestianko, Production Packaging Manager at Dimachem Inc. are shown outside the Windsor business on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

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Cedar Valley Selections grew rapidly from its humble roots when 16-year-old Tecumseh Vista Academy student Ameen Fadel got a small grant from the public school board to start bottling her mother’s Fattoush dressing.

With an additional production line, the company will expand its distribution network from 350 to 1,500 stores by the end of the year.

“They’re a very exciting startup and they’re adding eight local jobs,” Fedeli said. “We are very happy that our investments have helped much larger private investments.”

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