CIMC Refrigerated Trailer Selects Sarnia, Ontario, for Manufacturing Plant
CIMC Refrigerated Trailer Co. Ltd expects to assemble 2,000 refrigerated trailers in 2021 from the Sarnia facility.
“We are pleased to be establishing our first Canadian manufacturing location in Sarnia,” said CIMC Plant Manager, Andy Wang. “The Sarnia-Lambton area’s highly skilled workforce, coupled with excellent proximity to major markets makes it an ideal location to manufacture commercial transport trailers for our Canadian customers.”
According to the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, maximizing the use of an existing building on Ube Drive in Sarnia, the facility will allow CIMC Refrigerated Trailer Co. Ltd. to supply refrigerated trailers to its extensive Canadian customer base, which was previously served from other North American locations. “Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership along with community partners continue to guide CIMC Refrigerated Trailer Co. Ltd. on next steps and best practices around recruitment, administration, logistics, and engineering,” said Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership CEO Stephen Thompson. “This is a tremendous success for the Sarnia-Lambton area. CIMC’s investment leads to the occupancy of our largest vacant industrial building, formerly home to an auto parts manufacturer. It will also help strengthen the business case for developers and investors considering new construction in other parts of the city and region.”
CIMC USA Inc. was established in the United States in 2003 and has invested in Vanguard National Trailer Corp., a dry van manufacturer and CIMC Reefer Trailer Inc., a refrigerated van trailer manufacturer in the trailer industry in the United States. The two sister companies employ around 1,200 workers across four locations in the United States. Production output totalled more than 17,000 dry van and refrigerated trailers last year.
“CIMC Refrigerated Trailer Co. Ltd. contacted the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership in 2018 as a result of our online marketing,” noted Katherine Walker, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership’s Board Chair. “The company was considering locations in Canada while still maintaining close proximity to its operations in Indiana, and recognized Sarnia-Lambton’s business case, including our skilled workforce, training and infrastructure.”
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