Gerrie Electric receives $1.4M from feds for automation and digitization
April 1, 2021 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
An industrial distributor in Burlington, Ont. is receiving $1.4 million in federal investment to bring Industry 4.0 into its operations.
Gerrie Electric, a women-owned and -led wholesale distributor and retailer, specializes in electrical, automation, data communication and lighting products, services and solutions used in industrial, institutional, commercial, IP network, utility and retail markets.
With the repayable contribution from FedDev Ontario, Gerrie Electric will consolidate its distribution operations into a 76,000-square-foot facility in Burlington, equip the facility with Industry 4.0 technologies such as automated storage and retrieval systems, and digitize its workflow process.
This investment will help to improve productivity and efficiency, grow domestic sales and enable the company to be more sustainable and to better compete in the global e-commerce industry.
Gerrie Electric will also use an additional $4.7 million in private sector investment, support robust supply chain solutions in southern Ontario by purchasing from local suppliers and contractors, create 10 jobs and maintain more than 450 jobs in Burlington.
“The team at Gerrie Electric is very excited about the progress of our new distribution centre and our innovative warehouse technology that will drive even greater productivity to support new and growing sales and job satisfaction,” says Elaine Gerrie-Valentini, co-president and chief executive officer, Gerrie Electric.
“We are thrilled to receive FedDev Ontario funding and we are excited to jointly market this great opportunity to showcase Canadian efficiencies for a great Canadian success story.”