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Original company that became Bosch Rexroth Canada started 50 years ago

Welland, ON -- June 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of Bosch Rexroth Canada Corp. Originally founded in the Welland, ON, area in June 1961 as Basic Structure Steel Fabricators Ltd., Bosch Rexroth Canada has since grown to employ more than 300...


Welland, ON — June 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of Bosch Rexroth Canada Corp. Originally founded in the Welland, ON, area in June 1961 as Basic Structure Steel Fabricators Ltd., Bosch Rexroth Canada has since grown to employ more than 300 associates in nine locations across Canada.

“The key to our success over the years has always been the creativity of our people in solving our customers’ problems using innovative technologies,” said company president Thomas Light. “It’s both personally and professionally rewarding to be part of this outstanding tradition.”

The company got its start in hydraulics technologies in the mid 1960s through the development of the UpPUP telescopic work platform. The company’s name changed to Basic Hydraulics and Industrial Equipment Ltd. around this time. One of Basic’s staff engineers recommended hydraulic components from the German hydraulics company, G.L. Rexroth GmbH, and in 1968 Basic became Rexroth’s sole authorized Canadian distributor.

As Rexroth added new drive and control technologies to its portfolio, Basic adapted also, changing its name to Basic Technologies Corp. to reflect the more comprehensive product portfolio. Rexroth acquired a significant equity stake in the company in 1996, and followed that by acquiring a majority stake in 2001.

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Following the Rexroth acquisition by Robert Bosch GmbH, the company was renamed Bosch Rexroth Canada Corp.

Today the company continues its mission of supplying drive and control technologies and system solutions throughout Canada. Its customers include steel mills, automotive companies, forest product companies, agricultural and forestry machinery, press and moulding manufacturers, wood processing and more. Rexroth Canada’s Compu-Spread product line has made it a Centre of Competency for snow and ice control systems within Rexroth.

To learn more, please visit www.boschrexroth.ca.