Multinational Oerlikon Balzers (Canada) opens new facility in Guelph’s south end

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GUELPH, ON, June 30, 2015 –Today, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie joined European and North American Oerlikon dignitaries, customers, suppliers and local guests in celebrating the grand opening of Oerlikon Balzers’ (Canada) state-of-the art, 30,000 square foot coating centre at 935A Southgate Dr.

“I’m thrilled that Oerlikon has chosen Guelph as the location of its only Canadian operation,” said Mayor Guthrie. “I want to thank Oerlikon for its investment in Guelph, and I want to offer its employees a warm welcome to our city.”

Oerlikon Balzers (Canada) will be expanding its current compliment of 17 employees as the company continues to establish new business relationships in the region. The Guelph facility will allow Oerlikon to meet the needs of its customers more efficiently, including locally based Linamar Corporation.

“Guelph is the perfect location for our company,” says Steve Crowley, President, North America and Director of Operations and Sales, Americas. “We are well positioned close to our customer base and can take advantage of the technology we need to keep us competitive in the cutting tool, mold and die markets.”

City staff worked closely with Oerlikon Balzers (Canada) to find a suitable location for its facility and provided assistance in obtaining site plan and building permit approvals.

Advanced manufacturing continues to be the largest employment sector in Guelph and is a key sector for future investment and growth as identified by Guelph’s Economic Development Strategy, Prosperity 2020.

About Oerlikon Balzers
Oerlikon Balzers is one of the world’s leading suppliers of extremely thin and exceptionally hard coatings that reduce wear and improve the performance of precision components and tools. The company develops integrated services and solutions for the metallization of plastic parts with chrome effects. Oerlikon Balzers operates a dynamically growing network of 106 coating centers in 34 countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Oerlikon Balzers—part of the Switzerland-based Oerlikon Group,together with Oerlikon Metco—is part of the Surface Solutions Segment of the (SIX: OERL).

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For more information

Jim Mairs
Senior Business Development Consultant
Business Development and Enterprise Services
519-822-1260 extension 2821

Sergio R. Lopez
Manager of Marketing and Communications – Americas
Oerlikon Balzers Coating Mexico
+52 (442) 209 68 33


Pictured left to right: Peter Van Den Diepstraten, of Oerlikon Canada, Mayor Cam Guthrie, Dr. Roland Herb of Oerlikon Surface Solutions (Europe) and Steve Crowley of Oerlikon Balzers (Americas).