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Michael G. Solcz Wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

October 30, 2015

Windsor, October 30, 2015 – Valiant Corporation is proud to announce that Michael G. Solcz is this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winner in the manufacturing category for Ontario. The award was presented at EY’s Ontario Awards Gala in Toronto on October 29, 2015.


Michael G. Solcz is the founder of the Valiant Group of Companies which commenced operation as a small tool shop in 1959. Today, Valiant is a fully integrated manufacturer, supplying automated production systems, tooling and specialized machines for the automotive, aerospace and defense, heavy equipment, construction, forestry, mining and consumer product industries around the world. Valiant currently has over 1400 employees within 24 facilities in 13 countries. As a multi-national company, Valiant is headquartered in Windsor, Ontario Canada and strategically located in United States, Mexico, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Romania, Russia, Spain, India, and China.


“A sincere thank you to the entire team at Valiant, past and present, for your hard work and dedication. Your commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction has led to our continuous success and growth” said Solcz. “I would like to thank and recognize EY for promoting and celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship. I would also like to extend a special thank you to Michael Sauro for the nomination.”


About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™


EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.


The 2015 Ontario independent judging panel consists of Andy Burgess, Managing Director, Russell Square Partners and Entrepreneur Of The Year Media and Entertainment category winner 2006, Ontario; Jill Denham, Corporate Director; Jon Hantho, Chief Executive Officer, Maxxam Analytics, Entrepreneur Of The Year Services category winner 2012, Ontario, and National Entrepreneur Of The Year Entrepreneurial Leadership Special Citation recipient; Jim Orlando, Managing Director, OMERS Ventures; Jeff Parr, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Clairvest Group Inc. and Tracie Tighe, Executive Producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).


This year's national program sponsors are TEC Canada, La Presse, RDI, TMX, Merrill DataSite, Kira Talent, Air Canada, The Printing House Limited. The Québec regional sponsor is Fonds de solidarité FTQ.


About Valiant Corporation


Based in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Valiant ( is a fully integrated manufacturer, supplying automated production systems and tooling for the automotive, aerospace, mining, composites, construction and forestry industries. These systems include welding systems, assembly systems, parts cleaning systems, material handling systems, leak-test equipment, hemming systems, plastic and composite forming tools. Valiant provides innovative manufacturing solutions through a growing family of companies. Valiant has 24 facilities in 13 countries allowing the company to provide full service, turn-key automated production systems on a global scale.


About EY


EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. For more than 150 years in Canada, we’ve delivered the insights and quality services that help build trust and confidence in capital markets here and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.


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