Get to Know the Region: Middlesex County!

You should definitely put Middlesex County on your investment radar

This is a municipality ticking all the boxes for site locators and corporate managers. Why? Because its prime location, and affordable land prices, coupled with an educated workforce, multi-level government support and key quality of life elements are all part of our package. Find out just how a savvy corporate community is already investing, building and benefiting from the region’s outstanding opportunities.

Ship Anywhere from Here

Right in the heart of southern Ontario, Middlesex County is a rich rural – urban landscape complete with all the must haves for multi-nationals or local businesses looking to expand or upgrade facilities. Enviable and reliable transportation connections keep products and services rolling down the 401 and 402 series highways to destinations across the globe. Companies can easily access three border crossings, all within a two-hour drive. If you rely on ‘on time’ deliveries, you’ll really appreciate the multiple routing options along our active trucking corridor. Or, if you prefer rail both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific crisscross the county though Middlesex. Need air? Then London International Airport will be high on your list for both cargo and people. Sixty minutes down the road there’s also port access to the Great Lakes’ shipping channels.

You’ll be in Good Company

Middlesex County’s economic development plan is on the mark with companies putting down roots in eight strategically located business parks. Site ownership is a mix of private and municipal and the steady growth speaks acres about how firms are responding to what they find.

Businesses already on board include Armatec Survivability (DaVinci Park), Bonduelle North America, Gray Ridge Eggs, Accucaps (Molnar Park), Ideal Pipe, and most recently Algonquin Bridge (Thorndale Park). Each has its own reasons for making Middlesex County home but the municipality’s prepare-to-do-business approach definitely comes into play. Its first Ontario Investment Ready Certified Industrial

Site (Molnar) has set the bar for ‘business ready’ and two additional municipally owned sites (Glencoe and Thorndale) are currently engaged in the process of meeting the requirements necessary to join that elite ranking. Companies step onto these sites knowing they are primed to move forward with investors and shareholders confident that the upfront work of gathering property information; mapping; and already completed environmental, heritage, archaeological and species assess­ments will reduce risk reviews and advance construction. Companies prospecting for the optimum mix of location, (including attractive property pricing) and additional amenities, strike it rich in Middlesex.

Smart Help Available

Wrapping around the city of London (pop. 383,000), Middlesex County census numbers boast 71,500 with local communities recently noting expansion in the 8% range (2016). Proximity to Canada’s 11th largest city gives Middlesex access to established economic sectors and graduates from Western University and Fanshawe College. Both institutions rank high as leaders in research and public/private partner­ships. Potential employees graduate more inventive, skilled, and eager to jump onto a solid career path. Stats Canada markers (2016) identify Middlesex residents as possessing education levels higher than the national average.

It’s a Wonderful Life

An exceptional quality of life comes with a full gamut of resources to the arts, culture, entertainment and access to world-class healthcare. Intimate communities provide families with the perfect life – work balance. Short commutes, traffic that moves, fresh air, safe spaces and active living options just steps from their door are great perks. As well: shopping local is a viable option; front porches get used; street hockey is enjoyed; and children walk to schools. Now that’s an idyll.

For more information visit www.investinmiddlesex.ca and contact Cara Finn, Director of Economic Development cfinn@middlesex.ca 519.434.7321 x 2347

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 and is filed under General SCOR Representing the Region.