Orillia is home to one of the largest roof-top solar panel installations in the province.
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 04:45 AM
Perched atop an industrial building on Progress Drive, the 250 Kilowatt, 1,200 solar panel system generates electricity for Ontario’s power grid – and is a key part of a unique business plan for a trio of local entrepreneurs.
When Dan MacNaughton, Ron Elliott and Brian Abbott purchased the former Royce Industries building – a mammoth 50,000-square foot structure and an adjacent, vacant 2.5 acre plot of land – in March of 2007, they felt the long-dormant property was full of potential. The group...
More than 700 jobs created in Orillia last year
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 08:45 AM
Employers in Orillia created or regained more than 700 jobs in 2011, arguably a record year for the City.
The revival of TeleTech, a U.S. based call centre, accounted for the bulk of the job growth. TeleTech had been force to layoff two-thirds of its workforce in 2009 during the depths of the recession.
Over the past year TeleTech hired or rehired more than 600 workers. The company now has three major multi-year contracts with a total of 739 employees.
Site director Trevor Forrester notes “We are offering...
Orillia Among Top Cities In Canada To Live
Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2012 04:30 AM
Orillia 53rd Best Place To Live - The Packet & Times
After a dip in ranking in 2010, Orillia is pulling itself back up the list of MoneySense magazine's best places to live.
The Sunshine City ranked 53 in 2011 for the quality of life, after the rank dropped from 42 to 59 the previous year.
"This is great news for us," said Dan Landry, the city's manager of economic development. "There isn't a community out there that doesn't promote quality of life. Other communities may talk about quality of life;...
City Ready To Market New Industrial Lots
Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 04:00 AM
Room to Grow - The Packet & Times
Economic growth could be coming to the Sunshine City as early as this spring, says Dan Landry, Orillia's manager of economic development.
The city is currently marketing 10 acres of land in the West Orillia Industrial Park.
"We're certainly hopeful we could have some shovels in the ground in the spring for actual development of businesses accessing the lots from University Avenue," Landry said on Monday.
Orillia's economic development committee (EDC) is advertising...
Survey Says: Co-operation Key To Success
Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 06:00 AM
The Packet & Times
Bringing Orillia businesses together to educate their employees is one way the Sunshine City is working to spur economic growth.
"We can find efficiencies by getting a number of them together... as opposed to individual businesses who might be looking for that training," said Dan Landry, the city's manager of economic development.
Business training is one of four main focuses of Orillia's business retention and expansion (BRE) committee, a pillar of the city's economic development...