Company centralizes Canadian operations and invests in North American market
WaterGroup has made a strategic business decision to centralize and expand its manufacturing, assembly and distribution centers. Canadian operations will remain in Calgary, Alberta, and Cambridge, Ontario, with U.S. operations in Fridley, Minn., and Libertyville, Ill. According to WaterGroup, this decision will better serve WaterGroup’s customers by improving "just-in-time" delivery throughout Canada and providing additional support for U.S. and international business expansion. As a result, WaterGroup will close its manufacturing plant in Regina, Saskatchewan, by September 2013.
“This move is about investment in the company and growth throughout North America and in key international markets, while improving service to our current customers,” said Ryan Kirk, vice president and general manager for WaterGroup.
The announcement was made to the employees of the Regina plant as soon as the decision was finalized. WaterGroup will provide the Regina plant employees with a range of support services, including severance pay for those staying throughout, an employee assistance program and career counseling.
“We would like to thank our Regina plant employees for their dedicated services and continued support. This decision does not in any way reflect the performance, contributions or the commitment of the workforce in Regina. We are confident they will help as we transfer the business to our other operations,” Kirk said.
As a result of this move, WaterGroup will be hiring additional staff in the expanding Calgary and Cambridge facilities.