The third largest producer of central vacuums systems in the world is moving its production facility and corporate head offices to Stratford, the city announced in a press release Friday.
Cana-Vac Systems Inc., which specializes in the production of commercial and residential central vacuums, will be setting up operation at the former Crane site.
The facility is expected to bring 40 jobs to Stratford; however, with a larger facility, new product launch and access to skilled labour, the company hopes to double its number of workers in the near future.
In a statement, Mayor Dan Mathieson said he was looking forward to welcoming Cana-Vac to the community.
“We are delighted to welcome Cana-Vac to our growing list of diverse industries here in Stratford. As a Canadian based company, it will bring to Stratford not only local stability, but an excellent reputation both nationally and globally.
“Cana-Vac has been extremely successful in the past, and we believe that success will only continue to grow in Stratford.”
The company – which is recognized for its Doc IT system that stores 55 feet of electric central vacuum hose inside a standard wall cavity via an electric hose retractor – was founded in 1970 and had its first expansion in 1993, when it purchased the Budd Vacuum Co.
A few years later, the company expanded into a 40,000-square-foot facility in Owen Sound, and in 2008, purchased Vacs America Inc.