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GE Canada Builds Manufacturing Center In Welland, Ontario

06/01/2016
GE Canada will build its new multi-modal "Brilliant Factory" in Welland, Ontario. Its Canadian facility will initially manufacture GE Power's world-class reciprocating engines, components for compression, mechanical drive, and power generation, and manufacture components for GE transportation diesel engines.

According to company officials, “this first–of-its-kind facility in Canada will combine decades of experience building innovative industrial machines with cutting-edge data science and analytics expertise to enhance efficiency and streamline production. The facility will create 150 jobs in phase one and begin production in early 2018."

Elyse Allan, President/CEO, GE Canada said, "We are delighted to be building this new facility in Canada. The Province of Ontario and Niagara Region collaborated throughout the process, providing exceptional service and support in our site location efforts. In particular, they helped us with key requirements such as proximity to the Canada-US border, access to talent, and transportation considerations. We also appreciate the ongoing support of EDC (Export Development Canada) and the Federal government. I look forward to continuing our joint efforts to create jobs and economic growth."

Heiner Markhoff, President/CEO of GE Power's Water and Distributed Power Business; "Welland offers an excellent solution for the business and provides a collaborative community environment that will attract talented employees. The new 'brilliant factory' we build there will be the foundation on which we grow our reciprocating gas engines business for decades to come."

Alan Caslin, Chair Niagara Region said, "GE's significant investment in Niagara will create 150 direct private sector jobs in the first phase, and build on our region's legacy as a provincial leader in industrial manufacturing. GE's announcement highlights the transportation and economic benefits of doing business in our region and confirms that Niagara is open for business".

Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure said, "Our government is thrilled that GE Canada has chosen Welland, Ontario as the location for its new cutting-edge facility. GE Canada is hugely important to Ontario's manufacturing sector, and this significant investment is a true vote of confidence for the region as it creates jobs and stimulates economic growth. Our government has worked hard to create the right climate to allow businesses to thrive, and we are pleased to see companies like GE Canada continue investing in our province."

Hon. Chrystia Freeland, M.P., Minister of International Trade said, "Canada is a leader in global innovation and historic commitments like this one from GE are an investment in jobs, our communities, and our future. I was very pleased last month to speak about Canada's longstanding partnership with GE at its Leading and Learning Forum and with CEO Jeff Immelt. This investment is also a reflection of the tremendous opportunities offered by partnering with Export Development Canada."

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