General Electric Canada has announced the selection of Welland, Ontario as the location for its new multi-modal “Brilliant Factory”. The 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. 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.
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 will build its new “brilliant” 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.
GE’s Distributed Power business is a leading provider of engines, power equipment and services focused on power generation and gas compression at or near the point of use. Distributed Power offers a diverse product portfolio that includes highly efficient, fuel- flexible, industrial gas engines generating 200 kW to 10 MW each of power for numerous industries globally. In addition, the business provides life cycle support for more than 36,000 gas engines worldwide to help you meet your business challenges and success metrics – anywhere and anytime.
“Welland welcomes today’s announcement and anticipates working closely with GE as they begin construction of their new facility in our city. Welland sees GE’s announcement as a direct result of the innovation and flexibility outlined in our 2013 Manufacturing Attraction Strategy, and the Welland/Niagara Region’s Gateway Incentive Program. We are excited about the employment and business opportunities GE’s announcement will create for Welland residents,” said the Mayor of Welland, Frank Campion.