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CIMC plans refrigerated trailer production in Ontario

Oct. 28, 2020
First manufacturing unit in Canada targets assembly of 2,000 reefers in 2021

CIMC plans to create 90 assembly and light manufacturing jobs to build refrigerated trailers in Ontario, according to a recent notice from the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.

Maximizing the use of an existing building in Sarnia, the facility will allow CIMC Refrigerated Trailer Co. Ltd. to supply refrigerated trailers to its Canadian customer base, which was previously served from other North American locations.

“We are pleased to be establishing our first Canadian manufacturing location in Sarnia,” said CIMC Plant Manager Andy Wang. “The Sarnia-Lambton area’s highly skilled workforce, coupled with excellent proximity to major markets makes it an ideal location to manufacture commercial transport trailers for our Canadian customers.”

With a target of 2,000 refrigerated trailers from the Sarnia facility next year, the plant’s initial hiring phase in early 2021 will focus on assembly job opportunities. A second phase will also include positions for material handlers, forklift operators, shipping/receiving, millwrights, electrical technicians, machine maintenance, welders, health and safety, and office support.

“Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership along with community partners continue to guide CIMC Refrigerated Trailer Co. Ltd. on next steps and best practices around recruitment, administration, logistics, and engineering,” said Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership CEO Stephen Thompson. “This is a tremendous success for the Sarnia-Lambton area. CIMC’s investment leads to the occupancy of our largest vacant industrial building, formerly home to an auto parts manufacturer. It will also help strengthen the business case for developers and investors considering new construction in other parts of the city and region.”

CIMC USA Inc. was established in the US in 2003 and operates as Vanguard National Trailer Corp., a dry van manufacturer, and CIMC Reefer Trailer Inc. The two sister companies employ around 1,200 workers across four locations.

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