Looking at its own backyard for expansion, Celestica Inc., a Canadian contract electronics manufacturer opened an Ontario plant today to boost manufacturing services on the company's home turf.
Celestica, a Toronto-based CEM began production at a new manufacturing and test plant in Aurora, Ontario. Company officials said the 55,000-sq.ft. facility will take spillover business from two other Celestica facilities in Toronto.The Aurora facility will have 450 employees.
To keep up with competitors, Celestica has been augmenting its global manufacturing presence in Europe and South America. Earlier this year, the CEM, that was spun off from IBM Corp. several years ago, purchased two Italian facilities from the Armonk, N.Y., OEM. And last week, the Celestica inked a deal with NEC Corp., a Japanese OEM, to acquire a Brazil facility. The deal includes a five-year outsourcing agreement with NEC that is valued at $1.2 billion.
"Aurora fits our Toronto facilities. We're going to make printed circuit board assemblies and communications type-products there," said Marvin MaGee, Celestica's executive vice president of worldwide operations.