Siemens Canada opened the doors to a 190,000-sq-ft manufacturing facility in Pickering ON this week. Serving as an office and plant location, the new facility represents a significant investment in Canada by Siemens, as it will also become home of instrument transformer production for Trench Ltd., a Siemens company.
Increased product demand for the 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 a Research and Development department designed to keep the company at the forefront of innovation within the energy sector.
More than 250 current Trench employees will be based at the new Pickering facility, with the potential hiring of additional employees based on sales growth expected in the coming years. In total Trench employs approximately 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 and construction (EPC) companies and power intensive industries. The business unit's extended global footprint of more than 20 manufacturing facilities across 13 countries makes it uniquely close to its customers.
"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,” says Robert Hardt, president and CEO, Siemens Canada. "We intend to use the training and knowledge gained in our Lean manufacturing program and spread this good practice to the processes within the new factory. As a result we will be able to serve both our domestic and global customers with better response times and improved service levels." -Reno Reinhold, CEO, Trench Canada Limited