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Industrial parts maker Desch invests $12.6M to expand plant in Cambridge, Ont.

The project will pay for new equipment and floorspace at the facility as the company gears up for production of a new transmission system


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CAMBRIDGE, Ont.—A major expansion project at Desch Canada Ltd. in Cambridge, Ont. will come close to doubling the plant’s workforce.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Germany’s Desch Antriebstechnik GmbH & Co., plans to invest $12.6 million to expand the plant over next three years.

The funds will pay for added floorspace and the purchase of new manufacturing equipment as the company gears up production of a new industrial transmission system for heavy-duty trucks. The Ontario facility currently makes gearboxes, drivetrains and other components for industrial machinery and vehicles.

Along with a $11.6 million contribution from Desch, the provincial government has committed $1 million to the project through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund.

Work on the project is expected to wrap up by late 2021.

The company anticipates hiring about 30 new staff as a result of the investment, nearly doubling the site’s current 35-person workforce.


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