IFPTE Local 164

IFPTE Local 164

July 12, 2005 12:48 ET

McGuinty ignores Ontario transformer industry

ABB Guelph announces closure - OPG & Hydro One lose capability Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 12, 2005) - Ontario will soon lose an important industrial capability, says a union of professional employees.

On June 30th, 2005, ABB announced it would close its Guelph, Ontario transformer facility, which builds transformers up to 125 MVA and repairs transformers up to 750 MW for the Ontario market, including Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One.

This is the third transformer facility to announce closure in Ontario over the last year. It is also the last; when it closes, OPG and Hydro One will no longer have the ability to build and repair large transformers in this Province.

Over a year ago, the McGuinty Government was alerted to the imminent demise of this industry. "Since that time, it has taken no steps to ensure that a robust capability continues to exist in this Province," said Bill Duncan, ABB Engineer and President of Local 164 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.

There were will be an opportunity for the Press to speak with spokespersons of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers in Guelph at the conclusion of an IFPTE membership meeting at ABB. IFPTE continues to call upon the McGuinty Government to take an interest in the future of the Ontario transformer industry before it is too late.

When: Wednesday, July 13, 2005, 1 p.m.

Where: ABB Inc. Auditorium
201 Woodlawn Road West
Guelph, Ontario
(2 blocks east of the Hanlon Expressway)

The IFPTE represents engineers, designers, and other professionals at the ABB facility in Guelph, Ontario.
/For further information: For further information, please call Brian Lawson at 905-730-3918 / IN: ENERGY, LABOUR

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