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Siemens plans major expansion in southern Ontario for overhaul services

Mississauga, ON -- Dec. 12, 2001 -- Siemens Canada plans a major expansion of its international transformer and lar...


Mississauga, ON — Dec. 12, 2001 — Siemens Canada plans a major expansion of its international transformer and large rotating overhaul services unit. The investment includes a new, state-of-the-art facility to be constructed in Hamilton, Ont., on Constellation Dr. in the east end of the city, previously the Town of Stoney Creek.

The expansion will also involve relocating its existing Technical Services facility from Woodward Ave., in downtown Hamilton, to the new site.

Siemens has commissioned Toronto-based Giffels Enterprise Inc. to design and build what will be a 70,000 sq ft building, more than double the size of the Woodward site. Features of the new location include an over-the-rail, 225-ton lifting capability, enabling Siemens to expand the size of power transformers and large industrial motor units that it can repair and rebuild.

“Our decision to stay in the Hamilton area was based on a number of factors, the most important being the trained and skilled labour force we have in place, the access the site gives us to both a major highway and the North American rail network, as well as the fact that many of our suppliers are located in this area,” said company president, Dr. Albert Maringer.

“The transportation access is very important to us because it gives us the ability to serve both the Canadian market and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) area,” he added. “This, along with the new equipment at the plant, will put us in a position to grow our domestic business and increase our market outside of Canada as well.”

The new building is expected to be completed by April 2002. At that time the company plans to transfer operations from other locations to the facility as well. In all, Siemens employs 1,200 in the Hamilton area.

“In selecting the site for our new facility, we also considered our 100-year association with Hamilton,” said Michael Wandmaker, vice-president, Siemens Industrial Services business unit. “Our current facility on Woodward Ave. was established in 1957. Siemens, and its predecessor companies, have long been a significant industrial employer in Hamilton and this new expansion will mean that we will maintain our employment complement for now and we could expand our workforce in the future.

“We believe that our investment in this new facility will allow us to expand our services and to become a greater service resource to Canadian industry,” said Wandmaker.

Recently Siemens opened a 30,000 sq ft office building on Appleby Line in Burlington, Ont., to house a variety of operations — including administration for its Technical Services division. An additional building is now being constructed next to the site to house a combined engineering, light manufacturing and service facility.

Combined, the Hamilton and Burlington facilities represent an investment of more than $20 million by Siemens in southern Ontario. “Our investment in these new locations are clear examples of our support of the Canadian market and the importance that it has in the current and future development of Siemens in Canada, noted Dr. Maringer.

“In the past decade we have grown our sales from $300 million to over $3 billion, making us increasingly more important to the Canadian market. The fact that we are continuing to invest here should be an important signal to our customers that Siemens is committed to this market and see it as an area of considerable growth,”

To serve Canadian industry, Siemens manufactures and markets the world’s broadest range of electrical and electronic products, systems and services to industrial and construction market customers. Its technologies range from circuit protection and energy management systems to process control, industrial software and totally integrated automation solutions.

Siemens Canada is headquartered in Mississauga, Ont., and has 99 offices and 12 manufacturing facilities across the country, with more than 6,800 employees. Sales for the past fiscal year were $3.3 billion Canadian

By Bill Roebuck, Editor