The Ontario government recently announced Howa Textile Industry Co.'s plans to open a new manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario. Ontario is partnering with the auto parts maker which is supplying interior trim components for the Honda Civic built at the local Honda assembly plant, beginning with the 2016 model. This will be Howa's first Canadian manufacturing facility. The firm has served the industry for the past 60 years through its operations in the United States and Japan.

Ontario's $1M investment supports Howa's new state-of-the-art facility

Howa will receive $1 million to provide the facility with upgrades and specialized equipment. The contribution is from one of Ontario's incentive programs for business expansion. Included among them is the new Jobs and Prosperity Fund which will allocate $2.7 billion over 10 years to enhance Ontario's productivity, bolster innovation and grow exports. Recently, Honda also secured an $857 million investment that will generate hundreds of millions of dollars of new business for Ontario-based auto parts companies like Howa.

The automotive sector is a vital part of Ontario's economy

Home to Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota, Ontario's world-renowned auto sector is second in North America in terms of the number of vehicles produced, accounting for 16% of total light vehicle production. Auto parts manufacturers that operate in Ontario benefit from a highly-skilled workforce, strategic access to the North American market, a vibrant and collaborative R&D environment and a dedication to high-quality, award-winning manufacturing.

Learn more about Ontario's automotive sector



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