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New Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium Representative Welcomed by Chatham-Kent Economic Development

Chatham-Kent Economic Development is welcoming Jason Bates, the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium's (EMC) new Field Service Advisor for the region.  Bates has been with EMC for nearly 12 years and in that time has developed the London Region Consortium into a group of 150 manufacturers working together to help each other continuously improve.

Currently there are 25 EMC member companies in Chatham-Kent and Bates will be working with Economic Development and other partners to actively engage local manufacturers and grow the Consortium.

“I am looking forward to engaging with the Chatham-Kent Manufacturing Sector and helping to bring a stronger focus to manufacturing to all of southwestern Ontario,” said Bates. “We have recently seen a lot of new activity and I hope to continue to build on the momentum and help the region improve its diversification.”

EMC’s Strategic Interest Group Sessions tap into the expertise already in place in the local manufacturing community. Members gather together monthly at different manufacturing facilities to share best practices & benchmark around anything and everything that happens in a manufacturing facility. These sessions also include in-depth plant tours and group continuous improvement exercises that provide the host company with feedback from their peers in the sector.

“By networking and sharing non-competitive information, businesses can realize increased growth opportunities,” said Geoff Wright, Business Development Specialist with Economic Development Services. “Partnering with industry experts, trade associations, and consortiums like the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, helps local manufacturing companies learn about best-practises in their sector and provide business forums for representatives of local manufacturing and food-processors to meet each other.”

Wright added, “I want to thank our previous EMC field representative, Wernher Verbraeken, for his generous insights and collaborative nature in working with Economic Development representatives and area companies.”

EMC also offers a wide range or programs and services divided into 16 unique categories that provide businesses with access to tools including HR, grant funding, labour management, energy programs, and much more.

Thanks to EMC consulting and mentoring services, business leaders are able to eliminate old habits that are a barrier to growth, and choose new, more powerful strategies that will drastically shift performance.
A great way for companies who are not yet members to learn more about EMC is to attend one of their local Strategic Interest Group Sessions. To attend a monthly session as a guest, contact Jason Bates at or 519-854-7001.

For more information about EMC and the wide range of member services they offer, please visit the website at: or contact Chatham-Kent Economic Development Services at 519-351-7700 for an introduction to EMC or to learn more about the services available.

SIG event in Chatham-Kent.

Strategic Interest Group Session held in Chatham-Kent at MAHLE. This event, hosted by EMC, includes attendance from a variety of local and regional manufacturers.

Jason Bates
Jason Bates, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium’s (EMC) new Field Service Advisor for Chatham-Kent

Additional Details:

  • There is currently there are over 250 EMC member companies in southwestern Ontario
  • Chatham-Kent Economic Development has a list of seminars currently available:
  • Learn more about Chatham-Kent Economic Development on our website:

Media Contact:

Andrew Tompsett
Marketing and Communications Officer, Economic Development Services
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Phone: 519-352-8401 x2039
Fax: 519-436-3237