Local chemical manufacturer, community projects receive $1 million investment

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When Windsor chemical manufacturer Dimachem Inc. received a $1 million investment from FedDev Ontario to help expand the business, the company expected to create 14 new jobs.

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But to date, Dimachem has hired 27 new people and significantly expanded its manufacturing capabilities for a contract with Clorox Canada manufacturing and packaging Pine-Sol in Windsor.

“To say that the investment or loan from the Government of Canada and the assistance from the Government of Ontario has been invaluable would be an understatement,” said Vice President Andrew Conway.

Helena Jaczek, minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, was in Windsor on Thursday to tout the announcement that supported Dimachem’s expansion into the production of approximately 10 million bottles of Pine- Ground per year.

There’s so much momentum in Windsor Essex right now

Jaczek also announced $2 million in funding for area community projects during an appearance at the John R. Park Homestead on Thursday afternoon.

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It’s critical that manufacturers across the country have the tools or support they need to grow, create new jobs and seize opportunities to produce Canadian-made products that grow our economy,” said Jaczek.

The Ontario government announced investments of approximately $850,000 for the project last year.

Andrew Conway, Vice President of Dimachem Inc., speaks during a press event after Minister Helena Jaczek made a funding announcement at the manufacturing plant, Thursday, April 21, 2022.
Andrew Conway, Vice President of Dimachem Inc., speaks during a press event after Minister Helena Jaczek made a funding announcement at the manufacturing plant, Thursday, April 21, 2022. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

This is just the latest investment to come for Windsor, said MP Irek Kusmierczyk (Liberal – Windsor-Tecumseh), noting Stellantis and LG Energy Solutions’ recent $5 billion announcement of a battery plant in Windsor Essex.

“There’s so much momentum in Windsor Essex right now,” Kusmierczyk said. “In one year, you saw a company that was supposed to have 14 new jobs. Thanks to this partnership with the federal government, they have already doubled due to demand.

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“We are entering a period that will be the brightest we have seen in this community in a very, very long time.”

Dimachem, an employee-owned company celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, supplies chemicals for the automotive, hospitality and agricultural industries. The company has also partnered with Hiram Walker to produce hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this expanded contract with Clorox, Conway said it purchased a host of new equipment, including machines to make and cap bottles on site. The production increase included a 20,000 square foot expansion of Dimachem’s facilities, a government press release noted.

Bottles of Pine-Sol are seen during manufacture while a funding announcement was made by Helena Jaczek, Minister of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Thursday, April 21, 2022.
Bottles of Pine-Sol are seen during manufacture while a funding announcement was made by Helena Jaczek, Minister of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Thursday, April 21, 2022. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Currently producing about six truckloads of Pine-Sol a day, Conway said they expect that will soon increase to ten truckloads a day with the addition of a third shift.

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Later Thursday afternoon, Jaczek announced $2 million in funding for nine community projects in Windsor and Essex counties, funded by the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund.

  1. 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.

    Windsor Company Set to Become Leading Pine-Sol Producer

  2. Medicap's leadership team is shown on February 7, 2022. From left to right Hema Patel (Chairman), Mani Patel (COO), Rahul Rajpura (COO), Parag Patel (COO and R&D) and Sunil Patel (Business Development Manager).

    Three local businesses get nearly $2 million from the Regional Development Program for expansions

The Essex Region Conservation Authority will receive $940,000 for three projects, including the addition of an elevator to the John R. Park Homestead. The City of Windsor, Downtown Windsor BIA, Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village have also received funding for the project.

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Helena Jaczek, Minister of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, speaks with the media following a tour of the VR Cave at the Invest WindsorEssex Automobility and Innovation Center on Thursday, April 21, 2022 .
Helena Jaczek, Minister of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, speaks with the media following a tour of the VR Cave at the Invest WindsorEssex Automobility and Innovation Center on Thursday, April 21, 2022 . Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
Helena Jaczek, Minister of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, gets behind the wheel in the VR cave at the Invest WindsorEssex Automobile and Innovation Center, Thursday, April 21, 2022.
Helena Jaczek, Minister of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, gets behind the wheel in the VR cave at the Invest WindsorEssex Automobile and Innovation Center, Thursday, April 21, 2022. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
Helena Jaczek, Minister of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, is joined by MPP Irek Kusmierczyk, as she makes a funding announcement to Dimachem Inc., Thursday, April 21, 2022.
Helena Jaczek, Minister of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, is joined by MPP Irek Kusmierczyk, as she makes a funding announcement to Dimachem Inc., Thursday, April 21, 2022. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

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