Ontario, Canada Supporting Eco-Friendly Innovation
Ontario, Canada is partnering with Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. (RWDI) to invest in new technology and equipment at its Guelph, Ontario facility.
Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, made the announcement today on behalf of Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth.
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.
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.
“Supporting forward-thinking companies like RWDI is what the Jobs and Prosperity Fund is all about. This strategic partnership will help RWDI bolster innovation and continue to compete on the world stage. Their expansion in Ontario is a testament to our highly skilled workforce and world-class infrastructure.” — 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
“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
- 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.