APAG Elektronik Corp. celebrates grand opening in Windsor
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
The Windsor Star/Dalson Chen
After months of anticipation and $4 million of government investment, APAG Elektronik Corp. celebrated the opening of its Windsor manufacturing facility on Tuesday. Current number of employees: 17 — with a goal of growing to 151 over the next five years.
The new Windsor facility of a Switzerland-based automotive electronics and lighting company is ready for business.
APAG Elektronik Corp. held an opening ceremony Tuesday for its first-ever North American production site at 3505 Rhodes Dr.
According to the company, its goal is not only the manufacture of auto parts, but also research and development, hardware and software design and innovations in lighting.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens — one of the guests on hand to speak and cut the ribbon on the building — praised APAG’s arrival as a step towards diversifying the local economy.
“They have recruited engineers from the University of Windsor, and will be engaged with our region’s tool and die companies. APAG is an automotive supplier, and also has roughly 30 per cent of its business in other sectors,” Dilkens noted.
Also present at the ceremony were members of APAG’s leadership, Essex County Warden and Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara, and representatives of the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce and the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation.
The guests helped plant a symbolic tree on APAG’s property.
Recipients of a $4-million boost from the Canadian government’s FedDev Ontario fund, APAG Elektronik Corp. has spent the past year renovating the 32,000-square-foot building on Rhodes Drive.
In a news release, APAG said many of the guests who attended Tuesday’s ceremony and toured the property were the firm’s customers from Europe — who “may bring their manufacturing business to the region via APAG.”
APAG estimates 95 per cent of its product is exported to the U.S. and Mexico.
The Windsor facility currently has just 17 employees — but APAG proposes that figure will grow to 151 over the next five years.
Anand Kanoria, joint CEO of operations for APAG Elektronik Corp. and vice-chair of the company’s board of directors, said APAG’s talent needs will lead to “technical recruitment and skill-building to further regional diversification.”