London auto parts supplier gets $5M to create 44 jobs, improve safety, fuel efficiency

Thanks to a combined $5 million from the federal and provincial governments, a London auto parts supplier will be able to create 44 new jobs and adopt advanced technologies leading to safer and more fuel-efficient vehicles.

London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews and MP Peter Fragiskatos were on hand for Friday’s announcement at Sodecia London, which specializes in manufacturing vehicle frame parts.

“But also, let’s keep in mind that 44 new jobs are being created specifically because of this. That’s tremendously important. We’re talking about 44 individuals that will prosper but also 44 families that will prosper from important middle-class jobs that pay well.”

The company built a new hot stamping factory in London’s Innovation Park and the cash will help it increase productivity and diversify its products. Hot stamping produces lighter and stronger auto parts, which improves fuel efficiency and occupant safety.

Sodecia London was established in 2011 and is the Canadian entity of the Portugal-based Sodecia Group. Running the new hot stamping facility is expected to inject an additional $25 million annually into the local supply chain, benefiting other businesses in the region.

Cool cars at O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels at the BJCC

I love going to the O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels every year because you never know what you are going to see. This year is no exception. There are some sweet rides that get first class pampering from their owners. If you are a car person, carve some time out of your schedule and head down to the BJCC this weekend.

The photo gallery above shows just some of the really cool vehicles I saw at this year’s show. Where can you go and see a 1972 AMC Javelin decked out as an Alabama State Trooper highway cruise and walk 20 feet and see a gorgeous 1956 Chevy 210 Sportcoupe. Waling around I spotted a 1996 Lamborghini Diablo being backed into its display spot. 2 year old Logan Marden of Winder Ga was gazing at it and listening to the engine’s distinct sound. Logan has a rich taste in cars at an early age.

Walk a little further and gaze a a perfectly restored 1934 Ford Woody with more wood on it than steel. 30 feet across the aisle I found Bonnie and Sam Lynn working on their award winning 1967 Pontiac Firebird. There are cars and motorcycles, trucks and cranes, yes cranes, from here in Birmingham and all over the country.

Here is a link to all of the info you’ll need and a list of some of the stars you can see this weekend.

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