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Danby to resume manufacturing small appliances in Guelph

 29 July 2016     Michael J. Knell 

GUELPH, Ontario – Danby Appliances, a specialist in compact and speciality appliances has will begin manufacturing a line of elite, higher-end products at its facility here, according to a report published by Guelph Today, a local news and information web site.

According to the report, Danby president and chief executive officer Jim Estill announced the privately-held company is now making refrigeration and niche appliances at its headquarters on Whitelaw road here.

He also said research conducted by the company helped determine it was viable to invest in manufacturing operations dedicated to some of Danby’s core products here.

Jim Estill, president and CEO of Danby says the company is once again manufacturing small appliances in Canada.“I think Canadian manufacturing is a great entrepreneurial opportunity for Danby Appliances,” Estill told Guelph Today. “I believe in Canada and look forward to creating more jobs in the region.”

Shauna Gamble, Danby’s vice president of global supply chain operations is also a champion of Canadian manufacturing, stating: “I will always encourage manufacturing, testing and assembly in Canada, and some of our new products are great candidates to introduce in our facility in Guelph.”

While no exact numbers were provided, the expansion of operations in Guelph will create several jobs over the coming weeks. The also said if all goes well, there will be further job and manufacturing growth in the future.

Founded in 1947, Danby Appliances is one of North America’s largest distributors of small appliances such as microwaves, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and refrigeration products. It operates under three business units – Danby, MicroFridge, and Silhouette. At one time, it operated manufacturing facilities in Canada but for the past decade or so it has had its assortment produced overseas.

The company’s head office is here in Guelph with three sales offices and distribution centres in the United States.

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This HGO article was written by:
Michael J. Knell
Michael J. Knell

Michael is the publisher and editor of Home Goods Online. A seasoned business journalist, he has researched and written about the furniture, mattress and major appliance industries in both Canada and the United States for the past three decades.

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