Siemens Canada upgrades St. John’s facility to offer increased capabilities
By Anthony Capkun
September 18, 2012 – Last week, Siemens Canada held an open house for customers to mark the completion of improvements to the company’s St. John’s, NL, facility and showcase its capabilities. The capital investment in the facility, which includes increased crane capabilities and an office expansion, is valued at about $600,000.
“We see Newfoundland as a growth region for our organization and are committed to this investment,” said Robert Hardt, president and CEO of Siemens Canada. “Newfoundland and Labrador have strong markets in the mining, power generation and the oil & gas sectors, and Siemens has the right products, systems, services and people to support these industries.”
PHOTO, L-R: Tony Bozzo, Siemens Canada environmental health & safety manager; Robert Hardt, Siemens Canada president & CEO; Sheldon Russell, field service supervisor, Newfoundland & Labrador; Scott Whalen, plant manager; and Donna Mercer, VP, Siemens Industry Sector.
Investments in the facility include a new, larger crane that allows the plant to receive and repair larger electric motors and generators (up to 20 tonnes). Siemens says the plant specializes in onsite mechanical and electrical services; solutions for rotating apparatuses; remove, repair and replacement of electric motors; onsite repair and rewinding of large motors and generators; warranty service; motor management programs; new, surplus and refurbished motor sales; predictive diagnostic technologies, and a full range of crane services.
2012 marks a significant milestone in the facility’s health & safety program, says the company, as it is the 40th consecutive year without a lost-time incident within both the plant and the field service operations. During the open house, members of Siemens’ executive management presented the St. John’s team with a safety award observing their dedication and commitment to safety practices in Atlantic Canada.
“It is our employees’ continuous dedication and approach to safety which has helped them achieve this milestone,” said Tony Bozzo, environmental health & safety manager at Siemens Canada.
Siemens is also investing in local engineering talent, with the presentation of the Siemens Canada Academic Achievement Award to local resident Chad Baker in the amount of $3500. The scholarship is part of Electro-Federation Canada’s Corporate Sponsorship program.
“The scholarship is an opportunity for Siemens to support the industry and provide financial support to students preparing to enter our workforce,” said Donna Mercer, VP & country sector controller for Siemens’ Industry Sector. “The electrical industry continues to offer a wide range of exciting career opportunities.”