BELLEVILLE, Ontario — June 21, 2010 — Ontario is helping Belleville become home to Canada’s only
carpet tile manufacturer, creating jobs and strengthening the local economy.
BelleTile Inc., a company that will manufacture sustainable and ecological textile flooring,
will launch operations to supply commercial sectors including offices, hospitals and educational
institutions. BelleTile will use a new low carbon footprint manufacturing process that offers
environmental, social and financial benefits.
Ontario is investing over $2.8 million in the $10 million-plus project through the Eastern
Ontario Development Fund and the Rural Economic Development Program to help create 31 jobs in two
years and up to 65 jobs within five years.
Investing in local business organizations is a key component of the Open Ontario five-year
plan to create new job opportunities and promote economic growth in the province.
“Hard-working families and their communities are the backbone of Ontario’s economy.
Today’s announcement underlines how our government is collaborating with business and local
governments to help create jobs and boost regional economies.”- Sandra Pupatello, Minister of
Economic Development and Trade
“I am pleased that with Ontario’s support, BelleTile will be able to promote their unique
made-in-Ontario products. Creating the environment for Ontario businesses to thrive is an important
part of the McGuinty government’s five year Open Ontario plan to create jobs and opportunities for
Ontario families.”- Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
“I am delighted that BelleTile has partnered with our government to invest in a business that
will bring jobs and economic growth to our community.”- Leona Dombrowsky, MPP Prince
“The province’s investment in this project is making it possible for us to launch a
one-of-a-kind business in Canada. This will help us capitalize on the needs of an emerging
market and create local jobs. The BelleTile model is an encouragement to other communities
who may feel challenged when businesses close, that creative approach and perseverance can pay
off.”- Rahumathulla Marikkar, VP & General Manager, BelleTile Inc.
- Ideally located in Belleville, the facility will target Canada and north eastern U.S. states to
take advantage of increasing market demand for LEED certified building and renovation
- LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized
certification system to give buildings a “green” designation.
- The Rural Economic Development Program is providing $1,894,500 and the Eastern Ontario
Development Fund is providing $914,776.
Posted on June 21, 2010
Press Release Courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade