REHAU recently announced plans to build a new facility for edgeband production in North America to meet current demand and to scale for future growth. The new plant will be the third in the company’s Celaya production hub in central México where there is an exceptional skilled labor force that is required for the processes in REHAU’s proprietary edgebanding production.
Established in 1993, REHAU México manufactures automotive components, gaskets for home and commercial refrigerators and profiles for windows and doors, employing more than 700 people.
“The decision to relocate REHAU’s edgeband production from our plant in Baie d’Urfé, Montreal was a very difficult one, but market conditions have forced us to act since we must be a trusted partner that reliably delivers product to our customers,” states Dr. Thomas Troeger, chief executive officer (CEO) of REHAU Americas. “The ongoing labor shortages in Montreal are impacting our ability to meet customer expectations, a situation that is expected to continue. Despite our teams working expanded hours, we are simply not able to meet current demand, nor can we help customers grow their business. This is a customer-driven decision; REHAU is committed to providing the same high-quality product, but in a much improved proactive and timely manner.”
“We are proud of our 60-year history in the Montreal region and of the 17 years we have produced edgeband at Plant Baie d’Urfé. Our team in Montreal will continue to produce edgeband through 2023 until the new plant is in full production by the first quarter of 2024. We will fully stand by our 200 team members in Quebec and will assist them in finding future employment,” concludes Troeger.
The new Celaya plant will create 300 new jobs. A robust 15-month transition plan ensures customers will experience a smooth transition. Relocation is expected to be completed in 2023.