Ontario is partnering with Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. (RWDI) to invest in new technology and equipment at its Guelph facility, creating 125 jobs and retaining 225 positions.
Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, made the announcement today on behalf of Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth.
“RWDI has been a big part of the Guelph community for decades, and we are thrilled that it is continuing to expand here. With this support from Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Fund, RWDI will continue to develop new and innovative technological solutions for the complex construction challenges its clients face around the world while creating good jobs for the local community here in Guelph.”
— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph
RWDI is a world-leading climate engineering, building performance and environmental engineering firm. It uses innovative engineering, scientific, computing and testing capabilities to help create safe, efficient buildings and infrastructure and comfortable, sustainable environments. It has provided wind engineering services for seven of the ten world's tallest skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and One World Trade Center in New York City.
“Our roots have been in Ontario for more than 40 years, so we are thrilled about our expansion in Guelph. This partnership with the province allows us to invest in state-of-the-art technologies – which will help us boost our competitiveness, offer even greater innovative solutions for our valued customers around the world and push the boundaries of what is possible.”
— Michael Soligo, President and CEO, RWDI
With support from Ontario's Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the company is investing in new technology and equipment, including three wind tunnels and open channel water flume technologies. This will help the company establish one of the world's most advanced centres for wind tunnel research and rapid prototyping and modelling. These investments will help RWDI better serve the growing global demand and ensure that it stays at the forefront of the industry.
Strengthening innovation in Ontario is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is investing up to $1.73 million through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund (JPF) for this project. This is part of a larger overall investment by the company valued at $41.14 million. The project is scheduled for completion in 2021.
- RWDI has more than 400 employees in 15 cities around the world. Its projects have included ensuring pedestrian safety and comfort on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, analyzing air quality, noise and vibration for Metrolinx Regional Express Rail (RER) and creating safe conditions for one of the world’s largest collections of rare books at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
- The Jobs and Prosperity Fund helps secure private sector investment in Ontario, allowing the government to partner with businesses that are creating jobs and enhancing productivity, innovation and exports. Every dollar invested through the fund leverages an average of $9 in private sector investments. Since January 2013, Ontario has announced 25 projects with government commitments totaling over $600 million, leveraging over $6.3 billion in private sector investment.
- Jobs and Prosperity Fund projects are responsible for creating and retaining over 34,000 jobs in Ontario at companies such as Apotex in Mississauga, Cyclone in Mississauga, Legend 3D in Toronto, Polycorp in Elora, Thales Canada in Toronto, Mitsui Hi-Tec Inc. in Brantford, Sandvine Incorporated in Waterloo, Huawei Canada in Ottawa, Markham and Waterloo, Superpufft in Mississauga, A. Lassonde Inc. in Toronto, Toyota in Cambridge and Woodstock and Linamar in Guelph.