Elora company Stirling Marathon gets $1.5 million from province

ELORA – Stirling Marathon Ltd. will receive $1.5 million from the province as the company plans a $10-million expansion of its facility outside Elora.

The provincial funding comes from the Regional Development Program and is expected to create up to 50 new jobs over the next five years.

“Ontario is proud to be working with Stirling Marathon Limited to expand their manufacturing capabilities and create good, local jobs,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, in a March 7 press release.

“We look forward to seeing more of these kinds of private-sector investments that are creating the conditions for long-term regional economic growth.”

He continued, “We thank Stirling for contributing to our province’s dynamic and growing manufacturing sector and economic recovery.”

Stirling Marathon makes home appliances, like specialty refrigerators, upright freezers, and under-counter built-in wine coolers, under the Stirling, Marathon, and Epic brands.

The company was founded in 2016 with its main office in Guelph. It broke ground on the Elora facility in 2020, and is now planning a 48,000 square-foot expansion that is to begin this spring.

That will almost double the size in Elora.

“Our team at Stirling Marathon is excited to bring appliance manufacturing back to Ontario with the addition of a modern refrigerator manufacturing facility at our Elora facility,” said Doug D. Greenway, president of Stirling Marathon. 

“Re-starting appliance manufacturing to compete globally requires a significant commitment, made possible with support from the Government of Ontario’s Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and Township of Centre Wellington. 

“We look forward to adding up to 50 new positions over the next few years in our community as we make made-in-Ontario quality, design and performance available to customers in Canada, U.S. and the world.”