PEM sister publication EBMag was there as employees, special guests and dignitaries were on hand as Siemens Canada officially opened the doors to its newest manufacturing facility: the 190,000-sq.-ft. home of instrument transformer production for Trench Ltd. in Pickering, Ont.
“We continue to invest in the future of manufacturing here and throughout Canada, and are optimistic about opportunities in each of our business sectors in this country,” said Robert Hardt, Siemens Canada president and CEO.
Siemens says increased product demand for oil-insulated instrument transformers led to the decision to build the new facility, allowing Trench to substantially expand existing production and build a dedicated high-voltage testing laboratory capable of testing products rated up to 800,000 volts. The plant is also home to an R&D department, “designed to keep the company at the forefront of innovation within the energy sector”.
Trench’s history goes back to 1962 when, working out of a small, converted service station in downtown Toronto, Tony Trench invented the world’s first dry-type air core reactor encapsulated in epoxy-impregnated resin. Superior to existing designs because it replaced the uninsulated cables offered by the competition with individually insulated wire that was both stronger and better protected from the environment, Trench’s new product soon became the worldwide standard.
Holding the ceremonial scissors for the official ribbon-cutting were two long-time Trench employees who, combined, have been with the company for 40 years. More than 250 current Trench employees will be based at the new facility, with the potential hiring of additional employees based on sales growth expected in the coming years. In total, Trench employs about 700 people in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Trench instrument transformers business is part of the larger high-voltage products business unit within Siemens that develops, produces and sells products for power utilities, engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) companies and power-intensive industries.