Fortress Fencing living wage

Fortress Fencing certifies as living wage employer

Fortress Fencing in Blyth is the latest Huron business to certify as a living wage employer.

“If people need to work for a living, then they should have a wage they can actually live on,” said Dylan and Mary-Ann Van Den Assem, co-owners of Fortress Fencing. “A living wage benefits the entire community as a person’s money tends to be spent in their community.”

“We would like to thank Fortress Fencing for certifying,” added Ryan Erb, executive director of United Way Perth-Huron. “By committing to the well-being of their employees through paying a living wage, Fortress Dylan and Mary-Ann are helping address the pressing issue of unaffordable living, building an even stronger local community.”

Based on a 35-hour work week, the new Perth-Huron living wage or $20.70 was calculated using local data and considered the living expenses of a weighted average of family types including a family of four, a single mother supporting a seven-year-old child and a single adult, once government transfers and deductions were taken into account. Everyday expenses in the calculation included food, housing, utilities, clothing, childcare and transportation. For more information about Perth-Huron’s living wage, visit

About Fortress Fencing
Fortress Fencing is a family-owned business that you will find different than the rest. We set ourselves apart by putting ourselves in the customer’s shoes. This results in our hiring of clean-cut, uniformed and courteous personnel that treat your property as their own. Tools and supplies are cleaned up and organized at the end of the workday. You will never hear a radio blasting away on your property when we are there. All of our employees are friendly and approachable, ready to serve you in any way they can. We strive to be the best in service, quality and on time completion of work. For more information, visit, call 519-357-0237 or email

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