Ottawa contributing $35 million to NOVA project
Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu says Ottawa’s $35 million contribution to the Nova Chemicals’ $2-billion expansion in St. Clair Township is less than expected, but still welcome.
Another ‘green’ plant about to rise in Chemical Valley
A California biochemical company is finding Sarnia’s climate just right for business. Origin Materials has begun preparatory work on a $31.4-million (CDN) pioneer plant at 1265 Vidal St. on land currently owned by Arlanxeo Canada.
Third Tricar Tower Planned For Sarnia
The Tricar group is moving forward with its third high-rise apartment building in Sarnia, on land at the northwest corner of London Rd. and Christina St. Mayor Mike Bradley calls it a ratification of the local economy.
Origin To Develop Original Polymer Site
Plans are in the works for a bio-based feedstock company from California to build its first bio-chemical manufacturing facility in Sarnia.
BioAmber targets new market for succinic acid
Encouraging results in a commercial trial co-sponsored by BioAmber could help open a new market for succinic acid the company makes in Sarnia. BioAmber co-sponsored a commercial study with an unnamed leading North American feed formulator on the effectiveness of its succinic acid as an ingredient in feed for nursery pigs.
Rally Engineering has successful first year in Sarnia
A year after setting up shop in Sarnia, Rally Engineering is looking to double the size of its local workforce in 2018. The Sarnia office of the Edmonton-based engineering firm opened downtown in late 2016 with Sarnia natives Paul Croft and Mike Thompson as managers and the only two local staff members.
U.S. pipeline project providing additional ethane to Corunna site
A $500 million US pipeline project supplying an additional source of ethane to the Nova Chemicals Corunna site in St. Clair Township has gone into service. Houston-based Kinder Morgan announced this month its 434-km Utopia Pipeline from Harrison County, Ohio to Windsor has begun operating.
Sarnia-based Bioindustrial Innovation Canada named a ‘resource champion’
The federally-funded agency that helps emerging bio-chemistry companies get to market was named one of Canada’s Resource Champions by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. The award program was created to recognize and highlight outstanding efforts of organizations helping support Canada’s resource industry. Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has been involved in helping new bio-chemistry companies become established in southern Ontario, and in particular in the Sarnia area.
Not just talk anymore, Sarnia’s bio-industry is for real
Sarnia has one of the fastest growing bio-based economies in Canada, an unprecedented number of green economy announcements in 2017 have confirmed. “Things ramped up considerably after construction of BioAmber’s ($141-million plant) in 2015,” says Matthew Slotwinski, business development consultant at the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP). “This has been the biggest year for large-scale announcements.”
NOVA Chemicals to Build World-Scale Polyethylene Plant in St. Clair Township
The Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) would like to congratulate NOVA Chemicals and all of those involved in the announcement of a new world-scale polyethylene plant in St. Clair Township. Bruce Hein, Chair of SLEP stated “On behalf of our entire Board of Directors, I want to thank NOVA Chemicals for providing this transformative, next generation economic development opportunity to Sarnia-Lambton”.
Ontario contributing $100 million to new plant and expansion
Nova Chemicals said Thursday it will spend $2 billion building a new polyethylene plant in St. Clair Township, next to Sarnia, and expand production at it Corunna plant where it makes ethylene.
Sarnia-based BioAmber exploring process to make nylon from sugar
Sarnia-based BioAmber is partnering up on a sweet way to make nylon. The company is collaborating with the University of Toronto on a $5.7 million research project to convert sugar into adipic acid, which is a building block of the silky material.
Venture capital firms working with Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
Sarnia-based Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and five venture capital firms have agreed to work together to seek out opportunities for investments in young “green” sector companies.
City putting up $4.7 million for an oversized load corridor
Sarnia is asking for $6 million in federal funding to create an Oversized Load Corridor. An application to the National Trade Corridor Fund was submitted recently seeking half of the $12 million needed. A dedicated Oversized Load Corridor would relocate or remove signs, lights and other obstructions to make it faster and cheaper to transport large industrial components between local fabricating plants and Sarnia Harbour. If approved, the project would roll out over four years and be the first project of its kind outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
BioAmber eyeing Sarnia as site for second commercial plant
The prospects are looking bright for BioAmber to build a second commercial plant in Sarnia. “We have shifted our focus towards Sarnia,” CEO Rick Eno said in a conference call last week. “I think part of this has to do with the lack of certainty on the regulatory environment in the U.S. and the programs in the U.S.,” Eno said, according to transcript of the call from www.SeekingAlpha.com. The Montreal-based company has been exploring locations for a second and larger plant after opening the world’s largest succinic acid plant in Sarnia in 2015.
Healthy signs for ‘green’ industry push in Sarnia-Lambton
Efforts to grow a green branch in Sarnia-Lambton’s Chemical Valley are having a good year. News this past week that Waterloo startup company, Advanced Chemical Technologies, wants to build a commercial-scale demonstration plant at TransAlta’s Bluewater Energy Park in Sarnia was the latest in a string of recent announcements by “green” industries with plans to set up shop in the community.
Cellulosic sugars co-op offer improves, hosting baling demos
Farmers continue to sign up for an Ontario co-operative that will pay them for their corn stover and wheat straw. Brian Cofell, general manager of the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) says that the co-op has about 40 per cent of the acres committed that it needs by next fall, when it plans to harvest its first crop of stover. The stover will be turned into sugars for industrial uses.
Waterloo company plans to use carbon dioxide emissions as feedstock
A Waterloo company has announced plans for a commercial-scale demonstration plant at Sarnia’s TransAlta Bluewater Energy Park to produce methanol using carbon dioxide emissions from Chemical Valley industries.
Sarnia-Lambton Named Among World’s Smart21 Communities
For the third year in a row, Sarnia-Lambton has been named among the Intelligent Community Forum’s (ICF) Smart21 Communities. The class of 2018 announcement was made today by the ICF in New York City. Sarnia-Lambton’s candidacy was selected from a large pool of communities world-wide.
ReVital Polymers officially opens on Lougar Avenue
ReVital Polymers, a new company that purchased a Sarnia recycling facility on Lougar Avenue after its previous owner went under last summer, is up and operating.
Origin Materials moving development facility to research park
A California-based bio-chemical company set to open a commercial-scale demonstration plant in 2018 at the Arlanxeo site in Chemical Valley is already expanding in Sarnia. It was announced this week that Origin Materials is moving a pilot plant it purchased from Tennessee-based Eastman Chemicals to the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, next to Modeland Road.
Sarnia playing host to petrochemical conference
Representatives of Canada’s petrochemical industry are set to gather in Point Edward this week for a two-day Petrochem Canada conference on the topic of Enhancing Canadian Competitiveness. Approximately 150 delegates are expected to attend the conference launched last year with an even in Edmonton, said Matthew Slotwinski, a business development consultant with the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.
Hundreds Of New Homes Planned In Plympton-Wyoming
Efforts are underway to develop three large subdivisions in Plympton-Wyoming. Applications have been filed to redesignate the parcels of land, totalling 328 acres, from Restricted Agricultural to Lakeshore Residential. That will allow for construction of about 1,200 single family homes.
Repair shop gives new life to former UBE building
Jason Button is head mechanic at Sarnia’s newest commercial truck and trailer repair shop in the former UBE building. Opening the shop to the general public is the newest business venture for JDW International Trucking, a local company that moved into a large portion of the former wheel manufacturing plant in 2015.
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Tilray to Invest $30 Million in Enniskillen Greenhouse Facility
Union Gas to extend service to First Nations, Lambton Shores
Co-op to supply new Sarnia sugar plant
New Development Taking Shape In Grand Bend
Economic Partnership Seeking Input into its Strategic Plan