Bosch Rexroth Canada celebrates 50 years
July 4, 2011
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Bosch Rexroth Canada Corporation, a provider of drive and control solutions, celebrated its 50th anniversary last month.
Originally founded in the Welland, Ont., area in June 1961 as Basic Structure Steel Fabricators Ltd., Bosch Rexroth Canada has since grown to employ more than 300 associates in nine locations across Canada.
“The key to our success over the years has always been the creativity of our people in solving our customers’ problems using innovative technologies,” said company president Thomas Light. “It’s both personally and professionally rewarding to be part of this outstanding tradition.”
The company got its start in hydraulics technologies in the mid 1960s through the development of the “UpPUP” telescopic work platform. The company’s name changed to Basic Hydraulics and Industrial Equipment Ltd. around this time. One of Basic’s staff engineers recommended hydraulic components from the German hydraulics company, G.L. Rexroth GmbH, and in 1968 Basic became Rexroth’s sole authorized Canadian distributor. As Rexroth added new drive and control technologies to its portfolio, Basic adapted also, changing its name to Basic Technologies Corp. to reflect the more comprehensive product portfolio. Rexroth acquired a significant equity stake in the company in 1996, and followed that by acquiring a majority stake in 2001. Following the Rexroth acquisition by Robert Bosch GmbH, the company was renamed Bosch Rexroth Canada Corporation. Today, the company continues its mission of supplying drive and control technologies and system solutions throughout Canada.