FedDev Ontario Invests in Innovative Guelph Manufacturer
$2.5 million for Newton Group Ltd. to scale up production capacity, commercialize new energy-efficient building system and create 28 full-time jobs
July 25, 2019 - Guelph, Ontario
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, accompanied by Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, announced a FedDev Ontario contribution of $2.5 million for Newton Group Ltd. (Newton Group), a premier general contracting company that specializes in the design, prefabrication and construction of buildings, to accelerate growth plans to commercialize its new energy-efficient building system. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.
FedDev Ontario’s contribution will allow the company to add a new, highly automated pre-cast concrete production line as part of a 40,000-square-foot facility expansion. This expansion project will allow the company to commercialize its unique pre-cast system for building condominium and apartment buildings, and reach new markets across North America. Additionally, Newton Group expects to create 28 technical and professional full-time jobs in Guelph.
Newton Group’s innovative building system represents a new construction method bringing clean tech into the building industry. It is an integrated and modular total pre-cast concrete solution for producing walls, floors, staircases and other building elements in a controlled manufacturing setting. In-floor heating and cooling hydronic lines, windows, doors, electrical wiring, and enhanced insulation are preinstalled into building elements before leaving Newton Group’s facility. These features are estimated to decrease construction time by one-third, reduce building and maintenance costs, and allow for up to 65 percent reduction in energy usage to heat and cool these buildings.
This project supports the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, and the priorities of the government’s Economic Strategy Table on Clean Technology, by supporting innovative clean technologies and driving sustainable growth outcomes in southern Ontario.
“The Government of Canada continues to invest in projects that are positioning Canada’s advanced manufacturing industry to lead the way in our shift to clean energy alternatives. Through investments in companies like Newton Group Ltd., we are building the sustainable and competitive advanced manufacturing industry of tomorrow.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“Innovative manufacturing and advances in clean buildings are creating jobs and driving clean economic growth in Canada while reducing carbon pollution and making our communities more resilient and sustainable. We are proud to support Canadian companies and workers who are developing innovative climate solutions and gaining more profile as suppliers of clean technology and expertise – something the world needs more of as we work together to fight climate change, reduce pollution and keep life affordable.”
- The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
“Today’s announcement is great news for the City of Guelph. This FedDev Ontario investment will benefit our local manufacturing sector, while at the same time provide solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industry. It is exciting to support local solutions to the climate crisis that at the same time create jobs and economic growth.”
- Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph
“This investment from FedDev Ontario is an essential component that will allow Newton Group to fulfill the demands of tomorrow for energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. Guelph has a strong manufacturing community and we are excited to continue to grow this community, while providing the building industry with a new and innovative construction method through integrated design and delivery.”
- Edwin Newton, President, Newton Group Ltd.
Established in 1994, Newton Group currently makes pre-cast bridges and parking garages at its 80,000- square-foot manufacturing facility in Guelph.
Newton Group’s pre-cast system is currently under a pilot study by the Canada Green Building Council to help determine future zero carbon building standards.
In addition to FedDev Ontario’s repayable contribution, this project will leverage over $8.6 million in private sector and other investment.
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