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Danby to make products in Canada again

Conditions right for manufacturing in Canada.

Guelph-based Danby Appliances, a maker of compact and specialty appliances - that haven’t been made in Canada for some time - announced Thursday it will make an elite line of products in Canada again. Specifically, in Guelph. 

The company, run by president and chief executive officer Jim Estill, said in a press release that it has started to manufacture refrigeration and niche appliances in Canada. The production is happening at Danby’s Guelph-area headquarters, on the outskirts of the city along Whitelaw Road.

According to the company, market research and much thought helped determine that it was viable to invest in manufacturing operations here, dedicated to some of Danby’s core products.  

 “I think Canadian Manufacturing is a great entrepreneurial opportunity for Danby Appliances,” Estill stated in the release. “I believe in Canada and look forward to creating more jobs in the region.”

Danby’s vice president of global supply chain operations, Shauna Gamble, is also a champion of Canadian manufacturing.

“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,” she stated.

The expansion of operations in Guelph created several jobs, and further job and manufacturing growth is a possibility.

Danby Appliances was founded in 1947, and is one of North America’s largest makers of appliances such as microwaves, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and refrigeration products. It operates under three business units – Danby, MicroFridge, and Silhouette.

The company’s head office is in Guelph, with three offices in the US.


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Rob O'Flanagan

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Rob O’Flanagan has been a newspaper reporter, photojournalist and columnist for over twenty years. He has won numerous Ontario Newspaper Awards and a National Newspaper Award.
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