Reko to employ 30 people after opening new automation facility

Monday, June 4, 2018

CBC News/Dale Molnar


The robot at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was a little out of sync but everyone was still smiles at the grand opening of the new automation and innovation facility Monday at Reko International Group in Lakeshore.

"We're making automation equipment. So, things that help manufacturers be more competitive on a global scale," said President and CEO Diane Reko, adding some of the machines are robots that can perform a variety of tasks.

She was joined by dozens of workers, members of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp and local politicians to officially open the new 47,000-sq.-ft facility on Silver Creek Industrial Drive — next to their current automation division.

The facility cost $5.6 million — 10 per cent of which came from a provincial innovation fund.

The decision to build was made a year and a half ago before U.S. President Donald Trump introduced tariffs on steel and aluminum, but Reko is still optimistic the two countries will work out their differences.

"We've been trading partners for a long time," said Reko. "In my heart, I know it's all going to work out."

Reko said the company still has to get through this "period of volatility" but they do have the option of seeking clients anywhere in the world.

The new facility was built to meet an increasing demand for the automated equipment.

Production began about two weeks ago and the new plant is expected to employ 30 people over a five-year period.