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Schneider to close switchgear plant in Ontario

Toronto, ON -- Nov. 22, 2001 -- Schneider Canada Inc. will close its manufacturing operations carried on at the com...


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November 22, 2001
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Nov. 22, 2001 — Schneider Canada Inc. will close its manufacturing operations carried on at the company’s facility in Bramalea, Ont., on June 28, 2002. The Bramalea plant manufactures engineered products such as low- and medium-voltage switchgear, switchboards, panel boards and circuit breakers.

Production will be transferred to other Schneider Electric Canadian facilities at Waterman Ave. in Toronto; St. Hubert, Quebec; and Richmond, B.C. Some production will also be moved to a company facility in Oxford, Ohio.

The action is part of Schneider Electric’s manufacturing strategy to optimize its physical, technical and human resources both locally and globally.

Schneider Canada Inc. president Albert Renaud said “This was by no means an easy decision. However, it was made to strengthen our competitiveness in the electrical industry. There were many factors involved. Among them were the increasing economic pressures on reducing our costs, lower demand for some products, and the need to meet customer expectations of better competitive products.

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“Specifically, new products are being introduced that are replacing current products, including some that were manufactured in Bramalea.

“These changes require us to continuously evaluate the way we deploy and utilize our manufacturing capacity.” Renaud added. “The outcome of this decision will be improved product and service offerings to our customers and enhanced profitability for our Canadian business.”

The decision will affect about 120 hourly and 50 salaried positions at Bramalea. A number of Bramalea salaried employees will be offered transfers to other Schneider Electric business units where their technical skills and experience can be used. As new production positions at the Waterman Ave. facility are created by the consolidation of operations, they will be filled in accordance with the Waterman collective agreement.

Schneider Electric’s brands include Federal Pioneer, Merlin Gerin, Modicon, Square D and Telemecanique. An international company, it has 1,400 employees in Canada at four manufacturing and 17 service facilities, as well 30 sales offices across the country.

By Bill Roebuck, Editor