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An early-morning shot of Peelle’s manufacturing facility in Brampton, Ontario

Ontario has been a welcome site for Peelle’s manufacturing since 1964.

When The Peelle Co. visited the Canadian market in the early 1920s, Canada was beginning to build its infrastructure and manufacturing base, much like the U.S. Peelle recognized the potential opportunity and established a Canadian presence. The Peelle Company Ltd. was incorporated in 1926 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Peelle, which was incorporated in New York in 1905. In the 1960s, Peelle built a 50,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

The Canadian facility produced escalators, freight elevators, dumbwaiter doors and specialty products such as blast-resistant doors and pass-through windows. The Mississauga plant manufactured products for the U.S. and Canadian markets, as well as the expanding export market. 

By the mid 1990s, Peelle had decided to focus solely on freight-elevator doors. It outgrew its Mississauga manufacturing facility and built a more modern 80,000-sq.-ft. plant in Brampton, Ontario, in 1999 to facilitate growth. This plant included more manufacturing and office space, job file storage, a powder-coating line and R&D/training capabilities.

Peelle also decided to concentrate all manufacturing in Canada due to the high skill level and workforce diversity it found there. Canada has a large manufacturing sector offering many skilled craftsmen, as well as superior engineering and support professionals. Peelle wanted to ensure its competitiveness in a global economy, and the multicultural and diverse Canadian workforce was well suited to address that need. 

To accommodate the changing elevator industry, Peelle has increased its services by offering jobsite surveys, installation training and field supervision. Product manuals have also been improved to help reduce field time and shutdowns. Peelle recently expanded its product line to include passenger entrances and replacement panels designed and manufactured in Canada. Recognizing construction trends such as urbanization, retail shopping changes, shipping dynamics and infrastructure spending, Peelle has striven to take a leadership role in promoting freight elevators with vertical doors, where appropriate.

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