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Rockwell Automation Canada celebrates 50 years

Cambridge, ON -- Rockwell Automation Canada (formerly Allen-Bradley Canada Ltd.) is celebrating its 50th anniversar...

Cambridge, ON — Rockwell Automation Canada (formerly Allen-Bradley Canada Ltd.) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2004.

From a 24-person operation in 1954, Rockwell Automation Canada now employs over 1,300 people in its two Cambridge manufacturing facilities and 10 regional offices across the country.

It is the headquarters for the medium-voltage business worldwide, and the assembly and marketing centre for the Canadian market of industrial controls, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), low voltage drives and motor control centres, and presence sensing and safety products. Its Global Manufacturing Solutions business is a resource for after-sale service to its customers.

Rockwell Automation serves many blue chip companies in industries such as forestry, automotive, mining, metals, petrochemical, water wastewater, cement, consumer, power and material handling.


Rockwell Automation offers customers a complete automation solution with an integrated architecture through a single source supplier. “Creating value for our customers not only means providing a quality product at a competitive price,” says Rockwell Automation Canada president Charlie Cipolla. “But more importantly, it means understanding their requirements and tailoring our products and services to make them successful. It also means living up to commitments, delivering on schedule and on budget, and providing additional training and service for our customers.”

Rockwell Automation says it is now the Canadian market leader in PLCs, drives and industrial control products.

Its principal method of sales is through a stable network of distributorships, with over 150 distributor locations across Canada. This single-source distribution system appoints only one distributor per market region and staff at each distributor is well-trained in Allen-Bradley products and services.

Over the past half century, the Cambridge company has invested in five facility expansions, and now features over 280,000 sq ft of manufacturing space. Its most recent expansion includes an 8,925-sq-ft test facility, the largest in North America, used for medium-voltage drive witness testing and training. Medium-voltage (MV) research and development is also conducted at Rockwell Automation Canada, creating a variety of patented MV products.

Rockwell Automation brings together various brands in industrial automation, including Allen-Bradley controls and engineered services and Rockwell Software factory management software, Dodge mechanical power transmission products, and Reliance Electric motors and drives. The company also is a provider of contact management technologies and applications that help companies more efficiently manage interaction with their own customers.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., the company employs approximately 22,000 people, serving customers in more than 80 countries.