GE opens new $40 million Global Innovation Center in Ontario

The new facility includes 100,000 square feet of production space and will help GE meet both current and future product demands as utilities around the world continue to look for ways to improve their energy infrastructures

Markham, Ontario, October 2, 2012 — GE opened its newly constructed Grid IQ Global Innovation Center in Markham, Ontario. The 200,000-square-foot facility is designed to foster innovation and global collaboration to improve the efficiency, reliability and security of the world’s electrical grids.

The $40 million project is supported by a grant of $7.9 million from the government of Ontario. The new facility includes 100,000 square feet of production space and will help GE meet both current and future product demands as utilities around the world continue to look for ways to improve their energy infrastructures.

To support that growth, the facility also incorporates on-site research, test and simulation laboratories giving GE engineers access to the tools needed to help utility and industrial customers solve their energy challenges. The building includes a technical training center providing both on-site and distance learning offerings for GE employees, partners and customers.

One of the most innovative areas of the facility is the Grid IQ Customer Experience Center and application showcase, which allows customers to take an interactive, immersive look at GE’s full suite of energy management tools on a 60-foot video wall.

The Grid IQ Innovation Center builds on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) GE signed with the Ontario government in September 2009 to partner and invest long term within the province to establish new or expanded centers of technology and advanced manufacturing. Under the MOU, GE has opened the company’s first Digital Pathology Center of Excellence in Toronto and has made investments for advanced manufacturing and training in the GE Motors, Peterborough facility.

GE’s other Canadian innovation centers include a recently opened Customer Innovation Center in Calgary, Alberta; the Aircraft Engine Testing Research and Development Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and a new Aviation robotics facility in Bromont, Quebec, which will open in early 2013.

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