GE has announced the selection of Welland, Ontario, Canada, as the new manufacturing location for its Waukesha brand gas engines.
The new, multi-modal “Brilliant Factory” will initially manufacture GE Power’s reciprocating engines, components for compression, mechanical drive and power generation, and manufacture components for GE transportation diesel engines.
GE said the 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, the company said.
In September 2015, GE Power announced plans to move the manufacturing location of Waukesha brand gas engines to a new facility in Canada as a result of the lapse of charter for the US export credit agency—the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im).
GE said it will build its new facility in Canada to access support from the country’s export credit agency, Export Development Canada (EDC). The agency has a strong record of export financing. GE has a solid, long-standing relationship with EDC under which the company has participated in a number of global transactions. EDC joins a growing list of export credit agencies interested in supporting GE’s global business operations and customer base.
“We are delighted to be building this new facility in Canada,” said Elyse Allan , President and CEO, GE 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-U.S. border, access to talent, and transportation considerations. We also appreciate the ongoing support of EDC and the Federal government. I look forward to continuing our joint efforts to create jobs and economic growth.”