Chatham-Kent Economic Development welcomes new EMC representative

Jason Bates, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium’s (EMC) new Field Service Advisor for Chatham-Kent. Image released by Chatham-Kent Economic Development.

Chatham-Kent Economic Development is welcoming Jason Bates, the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium’s 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.

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.

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, 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.

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