Developers and Business Leaders 
share their positive experiences 
of working with the City of Orillia

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"The primary reason we develop and build in Orillia is because, throughout the past 7 years, we have found it to be such a pleasure to work with the planning staff. We especially appreciate the professionalism, the friendly and respectful interactions, the opportunity to deal with our questions and concerns fairly quickly and the feeling that we are all on the same page, which is to bring new quality housing to Orillia in a timely manner."

- Harry Berholz & Dennis Bottero, Principals of Landen Homes, on their dealings with the City of Orillia's Development Services Department while working on a subdivision development.


A moratorium on industrial development charges was a key factor in a planned expansion at Kubota Metal Corporation's Orillia operation.

"I can't give the City of Orillia enough credit for their assistance in our expansion plans," says Ron Higgs, Vice-President of Manufacturing. "The Mayor, the economic development office and the planning department have all been very helpful and making this a reality."

The Orillia community has produced a first-rate workforce for Unison Engine Components.

"I can't say enough about our workforce," said Larry Dening, General Manager of Unison. "They are phenomenal: hard-working and dependable. They have really stepped up and met the challenge and given us exceptional work. I am really proud of what we are doing here."

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"Selling in Toronto is a blood sport! I was working all the time, commuting on the 404. I never saw my kids. It wasn't the quality of life we wanted."

- Jim Dykes, Owner of Madison County Food and Beverage, who came to Orillia to rediscover his family and escape the grinding pressure and long hours of big city sales.

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"It's a great community to raise a family. It's very accessible geographically to Toronto and there is enough culture here that we felt we would still have evenings out."

- Dr. Ben McNaull, who recently chose to move to Orillia because of the welcoming sense of community, cultural variety, and closeness to Toronto.


"Finding skilled workers in the future is a concern. We have started to work with Georgian College to build some training programs to improve available training opportunities locally. That's something we're excited about."

- Matthew Webb, Senior Manager of Kubota Metal Corporation on meeting the challenge of finding highly skilled workers in Orillia for its metal foundry.

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"We came to Orillia primarily because that's where the expertise was. Because of the big boat-building industry in this area at the time, this was where the fiberglass experts were."

- Marian Chotowetz, Co-Founder of RM Products, whose modular fibreglass structures are shipped all over North America.

Real Estate Investment Network
"With an increasing population and expansion of post-secondary institutions, Orillia provides a tremendous opportunity for investors. The city continues to be one of the most consistent performing real estate markets in the province. "

Real Estate Investment Network, 2011