Woodbridge Foam Corp., a key supplier of automotive foam, will spend C$100 million (US$76 million) on a modernization project and centralize its global research and development at a facility in Ontario, the company and Canadian government said in a joint announcement July 9.
Woodbridge makes both urethane foam and polypropylene foam products for the auto industry, including soft foams for seats and interior products plus expanded foam for safety and functional products.
Woodbridge of Mississauga, Ont., will receive up to C$20 million (US$15 million) from the federal government's Strategic Innovation Fund to help pay for the upgrades at facilities in the Ontario towns of Woodbridge and Blenheim. The research and development center will be located in Woodbridge, as well.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains announced the funding.
The company and government said in a joint news release that the supplier "will modernize two of its plants with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and create a Centre of Excellence, where it will centralize its global research and development activities in advanced materials and product design of molded foam products, such as car seats and armrests."
Woodbridge says the investments will help the company better meet market demand for products and secure new business.
The upgrades and R&D center will create 110 jobs and maintain 727.
Woodbridge started with a single Canadian plant in 1978. It now operates 67 facilities around the world. The company specializes in the manufacturing of foam polymers and molding for the auto industry. While its corporate headquarters is based in Mississauga, Ontario, its automotive headquarters is in Troy.