Not often you hear of manufacturing relocation to Canada!
From Diesel and Gas Turbine
GE To Pull Operations Out Of Waukesha
Company to relocate efforts to Canada
Posted on September 28, 2015
GE Power & Water plans to stop manufacturing gas engines in Waukesha, Wisconsin, U.S.A., and build a new, $265 million facility for engine building in Canada. The facility will also have back-up capacity to produce diesel engine components for GE Transportation.
According to GE, the new facility will optimize efficiency and streamline production using data, analytics and software. The facility, expected for completion in 20 months, will be a flexible production factory, meaning it can expand to support the manufacturing requirements for other GE businesses.
GE currently employs 350 at its Waukesha facility, which builds gas engines for power generation, compression and mechanical drive applications.
Putting the facility in Canada will allow the company to access additional support from the country’s export credit agency, Export Development Canada (EDC), GE said.
“We believe in American manufacturing, but our customers in many cases require ECA financing for us to bid on projects. Without it, we cannot compete and our customers may be forced to select other providers,” said John Rice, Vice Chairman, GE. “We know these announcements will have regrettable impact not only on our employees, but on the hundreds of U.S. suppliers we work with that cannot move their facilities, but we cannot walk away from our customers.”