FedDev Ontario Supports Innovative Clean-Growth Manufacturer

News release

$2.1-million investment helps company expand, create 49 skilled jobs and grow export markets

October 12, 2018 – Oakville, Ontario

The Government of Canada is committed to building a strong clean-growth economy to benefit all Canadians. This is demonstrated by an investment in GVA Lighting, Inc., a company poised to scale-up and to be more innovative and competitive with its leading-edge, energy-efficient LED lighting technology.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a FedDev Ontario investment of over $2.1 million in GVA Lighting to increase its manufacturing and testing capabilities.

With FedDev Ontario’s investment, GVA Lighting is able to purchase leading-edge equipment to scale-up production capacity at its new 98,000-square-foot facility in Oakville, Ontario. This expansion project will create up to 49 full-time jobs in southern Ontario, and help improve product testing and design for extreme environmental conditions. In addition, this project will help the company grow its presence in existing and new export markets.

This project aligns with the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a plan to make Canada a world leader in innovation and create well-paying jobs from coast to coast to coast.

Quotes

“GVA Lighting is leading the way to a more innovative and competitive manufacturing sector at home and around the world. Today's investment will create nearly 50 more jobs in Oakville, and will help GVA Lighting reach new markets, building on our ambitious plan to turn Canada’s economic strengths into global successes.”

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

“Our Government’s investment in GVA Lighting, Inc. will help strengthen the local clean-growth manufacturing sector, and will lead to the creation of new jobs in the Oakville area. With FedDev Ontario support, GVA Lighting will increase existing capabilities in the Oakville region and at the same time reinforce Ontario’s position as home to Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster.”

- John Oliver, Member of Parliament for Oakville

“This FedDev Ontario contribution allows GVA Lighting to triple its production capacity and invest in manufacturing and reliability-engineering equipment so we are ready to accept orders for challenging mega projects from all over the world.”

- Vladimir Grigorik, President, GVA Lighting, Inc.

Quick facts

  • Established in 1997, GVA Lighting, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of architectural interior and exterior lighting systems found on skyscrapers, bridges, airports, stadiums, and shopping malls worldwide.

  • The company’s INFINITY® technology allows lighting circuits up to 300 metres in length from a single power and data input point, enabling energy-efficient LED lighting to be used more easily on large infrastructure.

  • GVA Lighting, Inc. is a participant of the Government’s Accelerated Growth Services initiative, as nominated by the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program.

  • FedDev Ontario’s contribution will leverage an additional $6.4 million in investment from the private sector.

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Contacts

Nilani Logeswaran
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Tel.: 343-291-2849
Cell: 613-668-1794


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